People Searches by SSN - View Social Security Records
Information is knowledge; with knowledge comes empowerment – empowerment to
keep your family and your investments secure.
Once upon a time all stories had a happy ending; we trusted our neighbors at their
word. Leaving your house unlocked was not only acceptable, but locking your home
was unheard of. Neighbors knew each other by name, and little Billy down the road
mowed the lawn every Saturday for only 5-cents. The days of yesteryear are long
gone, and while it is great to reminisce of the “good ole days”, today
things are different.
"Leaving your house unlocked was not only acceptable, but locking your home was
From an early age we teach our children not to talk to strangers. We walk a
thin line between teaching our children to be friendly without being too trusting.
Would you ignore the teachings of youth in your business or your schools or your
home? While trusting your neighbor, job applicant, or potential renter would be
ideal, sadly, we do not live in an ideal world.
Today we live in a world where, according to the US Department of Justice, over
3 million people annually are victimized by identity theft.
How much money and time is lost because a seemingly honest individual lies on his
or her job application, rental application, or credit application? How much money
and time could you have saved simply by knowing the truth? Knowledge is empowering.
Almost all applications have a set of basic information asked for: name, birth date,
home address, telephone number, and social security number. That simple bit of information
can reveal a lifetime of knowledge about the applicant or individual. However, people
assume the information provided is truthful and honest. The smiling potential clerk
may seem honest and trustworthy, but is his or her name really what the application
states? Well, maybe you aren’t too sure, but how do you know with 110% accuracy?
One method many individuals are choosing today is to perform people searches by
SSN to view social security records via the internet. And why not? The internet
offers a world of informative data, and this is a logical step in proving the accuracy
of information received on an application, right? Well, the obvious answer is yes,
but the real answer depends on the reliability and integrity of the data you receive.
Not all information is accurate or straightforward. Do you believe all information
found in print via newspapers or books to be the accurate truth? Probably not. The
same applies to the data you receive off the internet.
The database you utilize to get the information will provide the last known
information for the social security records. If the database is 10 years old or
even 3 years old, how accurate do you think the information actually is? However,
some databases do take a few months to update information, and this is actually
normal. Verifying an address is not an easy task, and a little bit of time is needed
for the information to be included to view accurate social security records.
Simple people searches by SSN can be beneficial in locating the person in question.
Sometimes, more advanced searches by SSN will be necessary, and as such, a thorough
background check or an assisted skip trace will provide the accurate and current
information allowing you the knowledge of where you subject is located.
- Did your spouse skip town owing child support?
- Is your debt recovery going slow because you can not find the debtor?
- Did a person posting bond jump bail leaving you high and dry?
Considering a family reunion, but lost track of all a few family members? Have you
considered locating old Alumni buddies, but not sure where to start? Looking for
your long lost love? When you do searches by SSN, you are increasing your chances
of finding the missing person you need to get in touch with.
Human resource departments and staffing agencies often utilize searches by SSN for
the applicants vying for a position. Verifying information can reduce the cases
of identity theft; by searching, you are helping to put a stop to unnecessary victimization.
If you are doing searches by SSN for employment purposes, be aware GLB and FCRA
regulations must be abided by for legality purposes.
So you know you need to do a few people searches by SSN, but where
should you start? How do you know the validity of the data received?
What questions should you ask of potential web sites allowing you to do searches
Here are a few steps to follow before you decide to do searches by SSN via the internet
site you just found:
Another important factor to consider when looking for a reputable internet site
allowing you to do searches by SSN is the amount of information you will receive.
No, unfortunately not all internet database search web sites offer the same information.
Possible information retrieved can include, full name, aliases used, maiden name,
last known address (current and/or past), phone number, cell phone number, possible
age and/or date of birth, or dates the information was current and valid. However,
not all information is available by all internet search databases. If you expect
accurate results, you have to do your homework!
- Read the terms and conditions.
- Read the testimonials – if available.
- Read the FAQ's.
- Prepare yourself with a Social Security Number and, if possible, a full name.
- How much does each search cost?
- Do you pay for searches not providing a “hit”?
- Does the internet site offer a refund? If so, what are the conditions?
- What information will be provided?
- Be prepared for what you find.
The days of yesteryear may have had a more trusting, honest society, but today is
definitely not what it once was. Instead, identity theft, deadbeat parents, and
dishonest applicants make it necessary for those of us who are honest to watch our
backs. Whatever reason you decide to do a few searches by SSN, you expect valid
and reliable information. Only by asking the right questions and looking for the
validity of the information can you insure the safety, security, and validity of
the information you receive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick Baird is a Licensed Private
Investigator and a recognized authority in the industry. He is co-founder of
www.a1peoplesearch.com which provides a wealth of informative articles and
resources on everything you would need to know about the people search industry
and public records retrieval.
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