We’ve all seen those movies or read those books where innocent, non-suspecting people are scammed out of their livelihoods, or lose large sums of money to impostors who pose as potential husbands or wives, business partners etc. For Christians, who think the best of people, it’s always a huge shock when those close to us betray our trust. Yet the Bible instructs us in Matthew 10:16 to be “as wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
So what if there was a website where we could do a quick background check to ensure that the people we seek to have close relationships with are in fact legit? The good news is that TruthFinder provides such a simple and easy service in the USA. Furthermore TruthFinder has been commended for helping people to safeguard their families, alerting them to those who may be trying to enter their lives on false pretences. TruthFinder has also helped people find long lost loved ones and friends.
The way it works is that TruthFinder pulls information from public records and social media profiles to provide you with a report that shows who a particular individual is, and who they are associated with, so you can check that they are who they say they are. It pulls in photos, police records, background checks, civil judgments and contact information it has on file.
All you need to run a check is a person’s name, and the city and state. At present the service is only available in the USA. Registration is required to use TruthFinder at the cost of $27 to start, however this is what you could pay for one background check and TruthFinder overs unlimited checks in a one month period.
TruthFinder has proved particularly helpful to people using online dating sites. Once you have developed an online friendship or romance, you are able to enter the person’s name, see if they have given you their correct age, contact details, relationship status etc. You can also see the cities where they have lived and addresses they’ve been associated with in the past. You can check whether they have any criminal activity.
Imagine if you found that a new friend had a fraud conviction or two or been a perpetrator of some kind of abuse. This doesn’t mean we would necessarily shun such a person, but being forewarned is forearmed, giving you the ability to speak the truth to them in love, and break the power of lies and deceit.
It is also really helpful to get your own personal TruthFinder report to see the kind of information that is on file about yourself. This gives you the opportunity to put the record straight if their are any errors. A useful function here is the ability to see who your neighbours are and to check to see whether there are any registered sex offenders living close by. Again, not to expose them, but to pray for them and be extra diligent for the sake of your children.
While some may see TruthFinder as being intrusive, it has over 60,000 5-Star reviews based on ratings from actual TruthFinder reports. The website stresses that the information it provides should not be used to make decisions about consumer credit, employees, insurance, tenant screening, or any other purposes that would require FCRA compliance.
TruthFinder also says that the information on its website may not be 100% accurate, complete, or up to date, so it is not to be used as a substitute for one’s own due diligence, especially where there are concerns about a person’s criminal history. “TruthFinder does not make any representation or warranty about the accuracy of the information available through our website or about the character or integrity of the person about whom you inquire.”