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7 free ways to do a background check online

7 free ways to do a background check online
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Have you ever searched for yourself online? Just type in your name and you're bound to find loads of sites with links to your name, although you may end up reading articles about other people with your name who have no connection to you whatsoever.

That's fun. But it's not very practical if you need to find information about another person.

If you type in someone's name in a search engine like Google, for example, you could find hundreds of pages about the person, for free. You'll find important information about that person. But only if you have lots of patience.

On Google and other search engines, you will probably have to weed out information about a lot of people who share the name of the person you're researching. You could spend hours just trying to make sense of it. Worse, you could end up harshly judging someone based on bits and pieces of information that may or may not be about them.

Of course, you can pay a professional to conduct a background check on someone. They'll be thorough and it'll be worth the expense, especially if you're hiring someone to work in your business or to handle money and other confidential information for you.

Fortunately, if you don't want to spend a few hundred dollars or a few thousand, you don't have to. We've scoured the Internet to find these seven FREE sites that'll help you learn a lot about the people you're entrusting to take care of your family, your home or your business.

1. Facebook

After you search Google and other search engines, you may have enough information about the person you're researching. If not, take these additional basic steps.

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