Does Been Verified Really Work?

Does Been Verified Really Work?
2.5 (50.59%) 34 votes

Does Been Verified really work?Been Verified is just another one of those annoying websites like MyLife.com that pops up when you Google yourself. They take your publicly available information, organize it into a nice little file, and then try to make money off of it by selling it to those that want to find out about you. But what if you’re coming at it from the other side, and are trying to research someone online, is it worth it for the quality of information you’ll receive?

Overview
It’s the Information Age and if you’re like the average American, you have a lot of it floating around out there in cyberspace. Some of it you cough up when you join sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, but others you might not realize can be searched, like when you have a court case, buy a house, have something repossessed, or have a run in with the law.

The Claim
They claim that rather quickly you’ll be able to scour all of the information on someone that is publicly and freely available. The CEO says that if you went about this on your own, you wouldn’t know where to start, and wouldn’t come up with a fraction of the information they come up with, and it would take you much, much longer.

The Hype
The hype is that Been Verified has an infomercial and a lot of online ads that encourage people to use them to run background checks on people. They also have a lot of hype surrounding their app for the iPhone and Android devices, as they got a big surge of downloads right after releasing it. It’s just a simple service that collects information from around the web. It’s nothing to get into that much of a fit about.

The Cost
You can download the app to your smartphone and get some free checks, or you can sign up for a trial through the main website, where you will get full access to their site and service for a limited time, after which your card will be charged if you wish to continue on with it.

The Commitment
Signing up for the service and running background checks is not all that’s up to you. You’ll also have to make the determination about the data you receive. Is it worth getting into a fuss over? Is it worth ending a relationship over, or starting one? Doesn’t everyone have things in their past they’d like to forget? If you find out they’re a sex offender, that’s one thing, but if you find out that they lost a judgement and owe someone a lot of money, is that a reason to judge their character?

Evaluation
It’s not as if they’re giving you the sort of information you would get from a private detective, or the same quality of digging that you’d get from a real background check including skip traces, or a credit check. They will give you the sort of information that you can get from any records management firm, such as last known addresses, age, potential family members, former employers, and more. This is sometimes available from such places as their own personal blog, their LinkedIn profile, social networks, and other sites where they’ve willfully given it up.

It’s likely that most of the interesting facts you’ll get will come from things like court judgement and arrest records, but for the majority of people, these parts will be blank and the results you get will be on the tame side. But after all, you’re probably hoping that the check turns up nothing, because you’re likely interested in this person as a potential employee, mate, or son-in-law. If it does turn something up, then you’re really getting your money’s worth.

Is It a Scam?
A lot of people have asked us if Been Verified is a scam or not. This is really up to your own determination and how you view sites that profit from public information. Technically anyone can use publicly available information for any purpose they choose, and there are those that print and sell public domain books and music. This is very similar, and Been Verified is not the first company to do it. The only question is whether or not the caliber of information they assemble is worth the purchase price, but this varies entirely by how much information is available on the person you’re searching for.

Final Been Verified Review

We have to say that Been Verified is not a scam, and actually works. You can get a lot of information in a short amount of time, and from sources the average person doesn’t realize are available. It’s the same way that Google take the billions of websites out there and presents them in a nicely ordered list to choose from. The best way to get the most out of the service is to develop a list of people you want to run checks on, and then do them all at once instead of just doing one at a time and only running a few checks.

Our Recommendation
This is basically an aggregation service of information you can find on your own with a little digging. It can be useful, and something of a time saver if you don’t know where to look, or if they specifically have what you’re looking for. It doesn’t cost too much to sign up, so if your time is valuable to you it might be worth it. If you’re not satisfied with what you receive, just file a refund request and call it a day.

What do you think? Does Been Verified work or not?

Does Been Verified Really Work?
2.5 (50.59%) 34 votes

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debo April 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

it’s scary how much info is out there about us.
I haven’t used Been Verified or any other service like it, but could imagine it coming in handy if you wanted to check out your daughters new boyfriend etc.
I think it’s a handy tool to have just for your own peace of mind… to know who you’re dealing with and they are who they say they are kind of thing.

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Matthew Williams May 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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Kevin July 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Privacy will be a thing of the past in the future for sure.

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Lori Hopkins January 12, 2016 at 7:04 am

I signed up for your service because my adult daughter has disappeared and I was hoping an address or number would show up but your crappy service does not even show me as her relative and I am her mother!!! How can I get a refund?

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Jazzlady Monique May 21, 2016 at 4:33 am

Dear Mrs. Hopkins:

First and foremost, I am very sorry that your daughter disappeared. By this time, I do hope she has been found, returned to her home, those she loves and she is okay.
I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost comfort you and your family in this time.

IF she is still alive and not found, may the angels of GOD go out, find her and bring her home safe in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Here is a great website that may be able to help you. http://www.sharedhope.org.
The lady who started the organization is a strong Christian woman and has helped many get out of human trafficking.

MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN JESUS’ NAME! I hope this helps.

Shalom.

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David March 4, 2016 at 12:30 am

just used been……, waste of time and money $22+
I actually found more on my own searching public records and Google searches. Less information and added nothing to it. Can I get my money back!

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Michael January 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Agreed. I just used it and spent $22. They lead you to believe you will see police records, if any. You spend $22, get basic information and if you want to see driving or arrest records, there MAY be some for an additional $14 for the “premium data”. Don’t waste your time or money on Been Verified.

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Donald Trimp March 12, 2016 at 5:46 pm

I have rentals and run my own background checks on public records, this is another startup that was probably on kickstarter, have you tried http://www.signalock.com locator devices , they are better and cheaper than the three startup ones Cube, Tile and Trackr

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charles January 23, 2018 at 10:15 am

Beenverified is a scam. Use it at your own risk

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Becky Esham February 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm

YES THANK GOODNESS FOR BEENVERIFIED. My children’s father who had never wanted anything to do with my children decided he would try to get my daughter as him being her guardian when he got a girlfriend and my daughter was about to get ssi at the age of 20 she has autism. I did a background check on this girl because their lawyer was trying to hide her from court or even acknowledged her existence, THIS WOMAN IS A SEX OFFENDER WITH A VERY VERY LONG DANGEROUS CRIMINAL RECORD. MY LOCAL POLICE THOUGHT THIS IDIOT WHO NEVER USES HER REAL NAME WAS “GENUINE” idiots.

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Mary February 8, 2018 at 2:09 am

they don’t put public information together in a nice bundle. they can’t even spell my last name correctly (or any other government agency for that matter) and the information on me is 100% incorrect. I have NO criminal records and there are no records that exist from law enforcement. So, yes they are a scam and people would be wise to Opt-Out. If people want good information they can pay a legit background company to do it. SCAM right along with MyLife.

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Nancy Bullard February 14, 2018 at 1:34 am

Thankfully I didn’t pay anything for their shitty service….and they spam me daily to get me to use them…
Just a bunch of asswipes

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Peppe Linguini August 9, 2018 at 3:24 am

Watching a bunch of progress bars, over and over for info that is already been acquired in the background, utter douchery. I saved my $$

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Does Been Verified Really Work?
2.5 (50.59%) 34 votes