As technology moves forward, more people are using search engines and people search apps to run background checks on family members, friends, possible love interests, and employees. People can search the internet for phone numbers, work history, criminal history, and relationship status. Employers take steps to gain information about hires if they are going to be placed in a job where security was important. Now anyone can dig into public and private information with just a few clicks of the mouse.
The Reason for Background Checks
Employers often do background checks on people as a part of the job screening process. This was common when someone applied for a job in a secure facility such as a courthouse, airport, financial institution, hospital, school, or government agency. Likewise, they are required for anyone getting a license for real estate, insurance, or another job where the employee must show credibility.
Originally, checks were usually conducted when someone applied for a job. Similarly, background checks are run on companies, politicians, and individuals for a variety of reasons. The information can be invaluable.
Current statistics show that background checks give employers a heads up on potential employees.
- 57% of employers say background checks lead to better hires.
- 85% of employers report finding inaccurate information on resumes and/or job applications.
- 77% of employers have uncovered issues that would have gone unnoticed.
Types of Searches
Some jobs may require certain information, but most background searches are general. People can do searches for personal use on private individuals. Common types of screening include:
Criminal and Sex Offender Records
There are websites that show sex offender lists, but criminal checks may not be easy to come by. Some companies offer to research criminal history for a fee, but usually run a check of public records. Third party agencies can give more detailed information, but will not guarantee that the information is correct. The only way to get truly accurate information is to search county or state databases.
Employing undocumented workers is illegal and can spell trouble for the employer. Since the formation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security, employers are required to supply proof of citizenship for its workers.
Getting information on court records is important for personal and employment reasons. It’s important to know if a future relationship or employee has been in court. It can attest to the person’s character.
Employees required to drive at their jobs must have clean records for insurance and safety reasons. Employers can contact their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and/or the Department of Transportation for information.
Records verify educational qualifications including a high school diploma, college degree, graduate degree or license.
Employers often check job history to check a person’s skill set, performance, attendance, and relationship with employers and coworkers.
Reports may include a person’s credit history, civil judgments, tax information or bankruptcy. This is crucial information to have for a relationship or employer working in a financial space.
Social Security Number
A person’s social security number shows where a person has lived and worked. People who give out a false SSN may be guilty of identity theft or could be illegal.
Who Would Run a Background Check on Me?
The most common reason for a background check is employment screening. Now someone can run a background for creditworthiness or for personal reasons. While some information is public, digging deeper is going to cost. Deep checks can be expensive. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) created rules regarding the information accessed by potential employers. Anyone using a third-party service must state the reason for the search.
Employers cannot refuse to hire someone based on the information of an unofficial search.
One important step many people miss is running their own background check. People found old information contained in databases. Running your own background check enables you to review information others can see about you. Incorrect information can cost you a job or a relationship. You can report incorrect information to the issuing agency. You can also learn how to remove information from your report.
Reverse phone searches continue to be difficult at best unless you have the inside scoop on how to track down numbers that may be important. Inevitably, each of us has received one or more calls from unknown numbers. It can drive you crazy if it happens day after day. The same can be said for finding a scrap of paper with a phone number scrawled on it but can’t remember when or why keeping that number was important. The most frustrating part is trying to find out who owns those numbers without spending a small fortune. Free caller ID programs rarely work – at least not accurately. Googling the number will give you page after page of nonsense that leaves you right back where you started. What you will get for your trouble is a multitude of sites that offer the service, often with a premium cost. So, the question remains – Why are reverse phone searches so expensive?
Many sites offer free reverse phone searches for numbers and names and usually deliver what they promise. They will look it up as advertised, but to see the information you must pay. Some simply redirect you to another website. It’s a way around the old bait and switch that keeps it legal, but not very nice. When asked why the searches are expensive, most will reply that it costs a lot of money to run and update databases, to maintain their servers and pay for lists. That may be true but the cost for such a small service is rarely worth it. Some will offer a one-time search for a price, but the real goal is to get you to subscribe to a monthly service which is almost never worth it unless you are planning on becoming a private investigator.
To test my theory about the worthiness of such a search, I signed up for a free three-day trial and searched my own phone number. What did I get? Well, they did track my name, but the address was one from two years ago, and, wait for it…my address from 12 years ago in a different state. They also had me related to my brother’s third ex-wife and my former boss of, again, 12 years ago. That is someone I certainly don’t want to be linked to any more. If I’m paying for a search, can I at least get a guarantee of its accuracy? Probably not.
All is not lost. There are good reverse phone search apps and programs out there but finding them means wading through countless search engine pages and sites like the aforementioned. The best way to find that diamond in the rough is to seek out review sites that will give you the truth and the information you seek. If you do pay for a service, be sure that you are paying for what it’s worth and not some inflated cost that will encourage you to sign up for a monthly service that will likely remain unused.
I recently visited my grandma in her retirement community in Florida and she introduced me to this awesome new game. Imagine a mix between badminton, tennis, and ping pong. The game is called pickleball and it’s a fast-paced, outdoor/indoor sport that can be played in singles and doubles.
Origins of the Game
The game originated in the U.S. when a family wanted to play badminton, but they couldn’t find any shuttlecocks. So instead, they improvised and used wiffle balls and ping pong paddles with a lowered net.
This was the start of the game, which is now popular throughout the country and especially so in retirement communities.
How to Play Pickleball
Pickleball can be played in either singles or doubles and the first side to reach 11 points wins. There are a number of rules that are all pretty easy to learn.
There is a non-volley zone on each side of the net in which players can not volley or hit the ball back without it first bouncing. The player must make there play on the ball after the first bounce, and then the opposing team must let the return shot bounce before they play it.
There are several ways in which a team can be faulted. If the team doesn’t allow the ball to bounce once after it’s bounced on the other side of the net this is a fault. It’s also a fault if someone volleys the ball in the non-volley zone.
What You Need to Play
Since it’s not likely that you’ll have your own court, you’ll need to travel. Nets can be costly, and not everyone has a tennis court or a yard big enough to play in. You can find local tournaments in your area to play with others. Be sure to invest in a colorful sports duffle to carry everything you need in.
Romance scams are a major problem during the winter months. As many singles start to look for relationship some might fall into the traps of overseas catfish. We’ll go over what you need to watch out for to protect your heart and your financials.
What Are Romance Scams?
A romance scam is when a criminal poses as someone they are not. They do this in order to defraud and solicit money from a person who they are in “love” with. These scammers are usually overseas and they will steal the photos of military personnel in order to create a believable story of being deployed and unable to meet in person.
Over weeks or months the scammer will build a relationship with the person that they are targeting. They will profess their love for the person and they will weave a tale of woe surrounding their current life circumstances. They scammer often poses as someone widowed, living overseas far from family and friends.
Once they feel that the person that they are trying to scam is in love, tragedy will strike. They will claim that they’ve had an accident or lost their paperwork. Whatever the excuse something will happen that will leave them stranded and their victim will be their only salvation.
They will ask for money to be wired to them and once they’ve taken the person for all they’re worth they will disappear and move on to another target.
How To Avoid Romance Scams
When meeting people online try to meet them somewhere public in person within the first few days or weeks of chatting with them. If someone is reluctant to meet in person or makes up lots of excuses as to why they can’t meet you in person it’s best to move on. Don’t get emotionally invested in someone who can’t be there for you!
You can also run phone number lookups on your new love interests. This isn’t to stalk them or anything like that, it’s just to verify that the person you’re talking to is who they say they are.
There is a scary new phone scam that is happening around the United States. You now need to be more careful than ever with your social media and what you’re sharing online. The FBI has been warning people about virtual kidnapping phone scams.
What Is A Virtual Kidnapping Scam?
You receive a call and someone says that they have your loved one. It could be your brother or sister, or son or daughter. The caller will claim that they’ll hurt your family member if they don’t receive a ransom immediately. They will demand that you wire them large amounts of money.
The caller will often know personal information like your family member names and the area that you live in. These criminals will gain this information via social media. It’s very important that you limit what you share online publicly. Only post information about yourself to people that you know.
You can check your privacy settings to make sure that you’re not oversharing. The less you share the safer you’ll be!
What To Do If You Get A Call Like This
The first thing you should do is try to contact the loved one who the kidnapper claims to have. While on the line try to text the person they say they have or call them.
Also try to ask for personal information that only the “kidnapped” person would know. Ask to speak to them if possible to make sure that they are okay. Oftentimes, there will be screaming in the background, but it’s important to try and verify the person’s identity.
Lastly you should contact the police. The caller will tell you not to, but in the case of a real or fake kidnapping you should always contact the authorities. Alert them to the situation and if you’re not sure whether or not it is a scam.
You should always avoid picking up calls from unknown phone numbers. Try to look up calls from mysterious numbers via a caller ID app before answering.
Have you ever gotten a call at an inconvenient time from a number that was completely unknown to you? Did you answer and only hear dead air? Or maybe a recording? These annoying calls are nothing but spam. Luckily, you can cut down on the amount of unwanted calls you receive by using a phone number tracing app.
Unknown and unwanted calls can come in many forms, the most annoying of which is the automated call. You may receive 10 calls in a row from the same number and have your voicemail box flooded with offers of free medical alert systems or vacation offers.
There are ways that you can avoid these types of calls though. The best way to do so is to register your number in the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry. Once your number has been on the list for 30 days telemarketers are no longer allowed to call you unless you’ve explicitly stated that they could.
Unfortunately, the list doesn’t block all spam calls. You’ll still receive charity, political, and survey calls. However, if you’re on the Do Not Call Registry and you get a call from a telemarketer you can report it to the FTC and they will fine the company that called you.
Phone Number Tracing Apps
Another way in which you can cut down on the amount of annoying calls you receive is by downloading a phone number tracing app. These apps will help you sort through which phone number you should call back, and which ones you should avoid.
Many of these apps also come with spam call blocking and incoming call caller ID. Meaning that they will block calls from numbers associated with spam from ringing your phone, and they will automatically identify incoming unknown calls when possible.
The less you answer these annoying calls, the fewer you will receive.
With the news about the new iPhones coming out, everyone is buzzing about the launch this fall. With cool new features these two phones seem like a big change from previous iPhones. Will you end up staying with your old iPhone or upgrade to one of the new ones? Regardless, of what you do here are some of the must have apps that every iPhone user should have on their phone. Including dating apps, time management apps, and caller ID apps.
After so many data breaches you shouldn’t be using weak passwords, or all of the same passwords. Make sure to download and use a password app to help you keep track of your passwords and automatically generate passwords that are strong. A few good options are Lastpasss, Dashlane, and 1Password.
If you’re single and looking to date you need to have dating apps on your phone. Not having them puts you at a disadvantage and really reduces the dating pool for you. Plus, if you’re moving to a new city these types of apps can be great for making new friends. Some like Bumble even have a BFF feature that lets you look for people in your area that want to make new friends too, which is especially great if you’re moving to a new city or traveling for an extended period of time. The best options are Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge in my opinion.
Caller ID Apps
If you receive a lot of calls from unknown numbers you need to have a iPhone caller ID app. Not only will these apps save you time in deciding who to call back, but they also have features to block calls from known spam numbers. If you get a lot of annoying or unknown calls you should check out Truecaller, CallerSmart, or Hiya.
Ride Share and Map Apps
The best way to get around today is via ride share, like Uber or Lyft, these services are economical and reliable for the most part. Pair this with map apps like Waze, Google Maps, or Moovit (for public transportation) and you’ll be getting where you need to be in no time.
Everybody is using online dating nowadays, and if you aren’t your putting your single self at a disadvantage! Whether you prefer the popular apps like Tinder or Bumble, or you like sites like Plenty of Fish or Match.com, there is a something and someone out there for everyone. To make sure you get the most out of online dating we’ll go over the basics and how you can stay safe by using reverse phone lookup apps and meeting in public.
Maybe you’re newly single or single for a while, whatever the case, you should try out online dating. Using these apps and sites will get you in the right mindset for meeting new people and dating. How do you choose which site is the best for you though?
Well if you’re a busy person Tinder is a good option. You’ll be able to meet singles in your area, chat, and maybe even meet IRL. Bumble is another good option, however, your matches will expire after a certain time period. This can be annoying if you get tied up with something and aren’t able to connect in time.
Both Tinder and Bumble have premium options, which you can pay extra for, otherwise they are free. Match.com and eHarmony are two sites that require paid memberships to use. They may be good options if you’re more serious about finding “the one” because they ask a number of questions and match you with like-minded people.
Safety is important with online dating, after all you really have no idea who you’re meeting. Keep these things in mind when chatting with singles and planning your date.
Don’t Overshare Personal Information
Don’t tell someone you’ve just met the exact location of where you live or work. Make sure you don’t share overly personal information, or any sort of financial information.
Verify Their Identity
Make sure the person you’re talking is who they say they are. If you have their phone number you can trace the phone number to verify their identity. Try this reverse phone lookup app that Buzzfeed called “turnt up caller ID” in their “11 Things To Do Before You Start Online Dating“.
Meet In A Public Place
Always meet in a public place on the first date, be sure to take your own car, public transportation, or ride share/taxi service to the date. Never have your date pick you up at your house.
There will definitely be some bad dates, but there will also be good ones. Don’t be discouraged! Take extra precautions to stay safe and if you ever feel uncomfortable don’t be afraid to leave a date.
Have you ever used a phone number tracer? Do you know they exist? Today, we’ll teach you how easily you can do it.
Phone Number Tracers
There are lots of means on how to trace the whereabouts of a person – and one of the best ways to do this is to trace a phone number of that person. But is this really feasible? Can you really trace a phone number and know where his or her current location is?
Using Tracing Apps
There are many different variations of iPhone number tracer app available in the App Store for download. These apps will allow you to trace a phone number without the person knowing that you are tracing him or her. Some of these apps are available for free, while others require purchase. ]
Old Way Of Tracing Phone Numbers
If you don’t feel like downloading an app, then you can trace a number using a more traditional method. To do this you can search Google for more information on the number that called you. This often means going through multiple pages of search results to try and find the right listing.
Tracing A Phone By Area Code
You can trace a number via its area code. The area code is the first three digits of a 10-digit phone number. These three digits will help you pinpoint the location of the caller. You can find more information by also searching the area code plus the exchange. The area code and exchange are the first 6-digits of a 10-digit phone number. The exchange will show you which central office the phone number is associated with.
You’ll be able to see information such as what carrier the phone number is on and what type of line it is (landline, mobile, or VoIP).
Pros And Cons Of Using A Phone Tracing App
There are several pros and cons to using a phone tracing app. The cons are as follows:
- Not all results are free. You might need to pay for premium services.
- You need to create an account. Typically you will need to create an account with a phone tracing app to use it’s services.
- Results aren’t guaranteed. Sometimes no matter how good the database is some phone numbers remain unidentified.
The pros of using a phone tracing app compared to just Googling a number:
- Easy-to-use. Instead of having to go through pages and pages of search results you’ll immediately be directed to the correct listing.
- More detailed results. The listing information you find in a phone tracing app is usually much more detailed than what you’ll find by just Googling the number.
- Community support. Most phone tracing apps rely not only on their databases but their users too to make sure that all listings are up-to-date and full of information.
Ever wondered how to find information about a phone number? Today, we’ll discuss ways how you can easily do it.
What Is A People Search?
There are a number of different services that you can use to conduct a people search online. With a little diligence, it isn’t difficult to find information about ancestors, co-workers, family members, love interests, and friends.
How To Find Information About A Phone Number
The first and most important step in conducting a people search is to determine the kind of information you are looking for. Looking for contact information can be easy. One of the best ways to find the information is by using a white pages reverse lookup app for iPhone. To use this type of service you need to have a phone number, this won’t work if you want to find more information about a person but only have a name or email.
Finding Information Without A Phone Number
In order to run a background report or find more detailed information about a person online you will need some information to start off with. It’s important to have the person’s first and last name, an address that they might be associated with, have an idea of their age. Without these important points of information you won’t be able to differentiate the person you’re looking up information on from others with the same name.
How To Get The Address Of A Person
Some online white pages will allow you to search for a person by name. This will then allow you to find an address and phone number that can be associated with the person. Once you feel that you’ve found the correct person, you can move to the next step.
To gather more information you can then use a trusted background check service. This will provide you with information such as age, address, criminal record, employment record, etc. You can also try to dig some more information on your own by searching the person on social media sites, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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