Searchgods or Search Chumps: How People Search Databases Work

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Boston private investigator demystifies people search and background check services.

TheSearchGods attracts customers who want to do it right. And do it once.

A decade ago, people search and background check web sites sprang up like mushrooms in a damp field. They offered inexpensive services at lower rates than private investigators.

But many users report poor results from online databases. Now, private investigators report a surge of interest in people finding -- the old fashioned way. "Many internet detectives recycle data from outdated telephone directories," explains John Nardizzi, founder of Nardizzi & Associates, Inc. a Boston private investigations firm. "Some online firms simply research a database of property owners. Based the Census Bureau statistics on home ownership, this means you are missing one-third of the U.S. population."

After noticing an increasing number of calls from disenchanted customers of people search websites, Nardizzi launched TheSearchGods which offers streamlined sleuth services. Customers submit a search request, and the firm responds quickly with results from its armada of databases. The result is personalized search services for a fee that compares favorably to online databases. "We take calls each week from people with legitimate research needs who are frustrated with results from some internet people finders," says Nardizzi. Some law firms were testing the online databases, but Nardizzi says those clients came back with tales of nonexistent customer service and stale information.

Nardizzi dispels another claim of online databases: the national criminal check. "The national criminal check is the unicorn of the industry-- a complete myth."    

TheSearchGods now generates significant people finder and employment background checks for a growing staff of researchers. Nardizzi says there is a reason PI firms are better at finding people and conducting background checks: "We take the time to verify that clients are researching data for certain permissible purposes, such as court cases, fraud investigations, and other reasons. Therefore, we can access more current data."

Some of TheSearchGods projects require more than a database, and develop into complex background checks spanning several decades. The firm once located two German nationals who had worked in the US years ago, had married and changed last names. More recently, the firm found dozens of former associates of a key witness who testified in a case where a man was wrongfully convicted.

Cheap people finder and criminal background check firms may be here to stay, but they have not put a dent in top investigative firms. "Creativity and a personal touch never go out of style," says Nardizzi. "TheSearchGods attracts customers who want to do it right. And do it once."

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