Does Instant Checkmate Really Work?


Does Instant Checkmate work?Instant Checkmate is an instant background checker that says it can show you criminal records in a matter of seconds. This is different than some of the other services out there because it focuses primarily on criminal and sex offender records without getting into things like judgements and social activity. So is this service really useful?

Overview
Knowing if someone has a criminal record can be important if you are considering them as an employee, potential marriage material, potential babysitter, or any other reason why you wouldn’t want them in your life if it doesn’t come back clean. Just be sure to remember not to judge people too harshly for things that were done in the past because then you overlook the potential for people to change or start things over again fresh.

The Claim
Instant Checkmate claims that you can get with the push of a button you are effectively searching through billions of documents that are out there so you get a thorough search on the person you’re interested. They also say that their databases are kept current so even if something happened very recently, you’ll know about it. They say that the searches you perform remain anonymous, so you don’t have to worry about them finding out you’ve been checking them out.

In addition to any criminal records and mugshots someone might have, they claim that their service will also show you things as simple as a speeding ticket. The big stuff is of course covered, like felonies and misdemeanors. But they also get into other legal matters like lawsuits, tax liens, and judgements that have been placed against them. They will even give you the records for marriages and divorces.

There’s also a lot of other data they say might come up, which can help you compare notes to see if they are providing you with accurate information, like how old they are, and their address and phone number.

You can also get into some more stalker-style information, like how much they make per year, how much their home is worth, who their relatives and neighbors are, and how many properties they own. Keep in mind though that if a person doesn’t have these things, they won’t be included in the report.

They also say that they include a map of sex offenders in the area you search so you are getting a clear idea of where everyone is at. All of the information they provide is free to the public and available to anyone that asks for it, but this is a way to get it without having to sift through all of the data yourself, or find out which websites to go to to do the searches individually.

The Hype
There are a lot of different background checking services out there that have been popping up, as more and more companies figure out ways to aggregate the available data and bring it all into one place so you don’t have to. What they do is try to present their service in the best light to get the most number of people to use it instead of trying to do it on their own.

The Cost
For around $20 you can run an unlimited number of searches on Instant Checkmate for one month. They offer other plans as well, allowing you to bring the price down a bit by paying for more months upfront. And they also let you run a single report for $30.

The Commitment
This pretty much has to be considered a reduction in your commitment level, because trying to run a thorough criminal check on someone would take several hours and involve searches run on several different sites. By saving you a lot of time they are making it so you can get this done quickly and get on to other things.

Evaluation
Instant Checkmate provides a pretty extensive report, but you have to keep in mind that you are taking a chance here that they might not have too much to include in the report. But that is sort of the point. You want the search to come back clean so that you can hire them, or date them, or for whichever reason you’re running the check. It’s a way to put your mind at ease, and if something does come up you could potentially address the situation and move on rather than having it come up later on.

Final Instant Checkmate Review

You could add Instant Checkmate to your list of background services to consider. $20 for a month of unlimited searches is quite reasonable, and this would come in handy if you want to run a large number of searches. If the reports come back clean, you can proceed as planned, and if they come back with a host of information on them that you can’t come to grips with, you can give them a wide berth.

Our Recommendation
When it comes to a background checking service you only need one good one, and once you have that in place you can just use it again and again for all of your searching needs. But finding the one that best suits what you need it for can be a bit tricky. You could try this one out for a month and see if it’s living up to your expectations, and then continue looking for a better service if you find you don’t like it.

Official Website: Instant Checkmate

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Alexis August 21, 2012 at 4:41 am

Call me paranoid all you want, but I think in this day and age it pays to be more cautious than ever. I have the landscaper people coming to our home every week and I have no idea who those people are. My children are home all the time with their nanny and the last thing I want is to have them near criminals or child molesters. I’m getting all their names and checking them out now before I give them my business.

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