I Searched for Myself and the Results Had Me Speechless
Friday - April 21, 2017
Have you ever tried Googling someone only to come up with basic information and maybe a link or two to an outdated social media profile? Or maybe even nothing at all? I have recently discovered a new website that promises to reveal much more then just a simple google search can show you.
Ever got fined for parking in the wrong spot? Failed to stop at a traffic light? What about your family members? And friends? If you are like most of us, the answer to at least one of those questions is "yes"—the vast majority of us have slipped up at least once or twice.
SeekVerify aggregates billions of publicly available criminal, traffic, and arrest records and make them available through a top-of-the-range search platform. Once you sign up for the service, you can literally begin searching within seconds, and are able to check as many records as you like (think: friends, family, neighbors, etc. etc.).
In the old days, if you wanted to research someone’s arrest records, you might have had to actually go in to a county court office—in the appropriate county—, fill in a ton of paperwork, and hope that the information was there. This process may have taken days or weeks, or the information might not have been available at all. With websites like SeekVerify, however, a background check takes just a few clicks of the mouse, and no more than a few minutes.
While doing research for this article, I thought it would be a good idea to look myself up, just to check out how good this service really is. Lo and behold, the search discovered several items I’d completely forgotten about—one of them being a secret social media account I’d opened years ago (under a fake name of course). How embarrassing it would be if someone found out about it!
"a secret social media account I’d opened years ago (under a fake name of course). How embarrassing it would be if someone found out about it!"
After searching for myself and generating my complete report, I realized I couldn’t really stop there, and I started looking up old boyfriends. A relationship in college ended suddenly when my boyfriend disappeared a few months after we started dating. Rumors were that he had been caught and sentenced for drug possession. A quick search and scan, and I found him. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that he had served time in prison for "Not-Specified" offense! I always thought he seemed a little too reserved and now I know the why.
Not only does SeekVerify display criminal records, but it surprisingly includes a wealth of other background information like previous addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, properties owned, court records, multiple types of licenses (FAA, DEA) and even satellite documentation of current and past addresses—it’s unbelievable just how much information is revealed in these reports.
The good surprises weren’t over. On top of giving you information on the specific person you searched for, the reports also include an interactive list of sex offenders located near the addresses listed in them. The reports even show you a map of the area, complete with really unnerving mugshots of the registered sex offenders who live there.
Once I discovered this feature, I decided to run an address search on the neighborhood I grew up in. I was totally shocked to see that more than 25 registered sex offenders are living nearby. With listed crimes ranging from "Indecent Liberties" to "Rape of a Child", I felt a wave of dread come over me. My sister and her two teenage girls still live in the area.
"I was totally shocked to see that more than 25 registered sex offenders are living nearby."
I would absolutely recommend this tool to friends and family. Anyone can start running background checks on SeekVerify within a few seconds—just click this link to get started.
If you would like to search someone you know, click here.