Spokeo is a search engine that allows people to research and connect with other people. It primarily focuses on services such as revealing the owners of unknown callers, learning the very basics of a person's history before meeting, and providing information on the demographics of a neighborhood before moving. It also allows people to look up those that they may wish to reconnect with, such as long-lost family members and friends. Spokeo can provide last known addresses, phone numbers, and other data with what information is available. Some criminal record information is available on this site.
What Spokeo does not do is any sort of credit or employment screening. Financial information is not available through this company. This company has been in operation for 11 years, and presents itself as a method of connecting with lost ties rather than as a background check website.
Number of Public Records
Spokeo offers the following public records:
- Caller names from unknown numbers
- Email addresses
- Social media accounts
- Known relatives
- Marriage records
- Divorce records
- Death certificates
- Some criminal history
The basic report that a person gets from Spokeo is not as useful as many of the other background check services that exist. The information that is revealed is often easy to find through a basic search of major social media networks. However, you can choose to pay more for more in-depth information such as some select criminal history.
Ease of Use & Interface
Spokeo is one of the easier background check companies to use. The offer a mobile app as well as a website, and all of the processes are simple and straightforward. Signing up is easy, searching is easy, sifting through results is very simple, and cancelling your monthly fee after your search is also very easy. You can do it online and it doesn’t take very long.
One thing that Spokeo is known for among this industry is their great customer service. They have a reputation for being highly responsive around the clock, with real people always available. They also have good service online, so you may not need to call at all if you run into any problems.
Spokeo has a very flexible searching system. You can not only put in the person’s name and address like other background check companies, but you can add in filtering information such as their old phone number, their social security number, or addresses that they may have lived at in the past. This can help narrow down the search results for you.
One issue that Spokeo suffers from is that the data is often outdated or irrelevant. You can typically find enough to help you know what to search for elsewhere – such as a person’s social media account handle. But contact information and other public records tend to be hit or miss on accuracy. No false records come up when reviewed, but records that should have been on a Spokeo report were often missing or very outdated.
One concern is that Spokeo gets a lot of its data from social media sites. More than 60 social media platforms are part of Spokeo’s database, meaning that it’s common to see duplicates and old information from social media accounts that were abandoned.
In terms of speed, Spokeo is about average or perhaps slightly above average. Signing up is very fast, but searches can sometimes take a while. If you want to buy more search information through the upgrade system, it can take even longer, and you often find yourself sifting through a lot of extra results.