InstantCheckMate.com is an internet-based people search program used to discover detailed information on anyone. It provides criminal history, phone numbers, addresses and much more.
The data is compiled from a number of different public record sources. They use national state and local criminal databases as well as a sex offender database to provide you the criminal background of anyone as well as the area in which you have designated to search.
There are three different memberships available through InstantCheckMate.com; all of them come with an unlimited number of people search/background checks. It costs $89.00 for a 6-month membership, $59.00 for a 3-month membership and $24.00 for a one-month membership. Each membership is billed upfront and will automatically y renew at the end of the plan unless you cancel it. They also offer a 5-day trial for $1.00 to try the service. The only way to become a member is to sign up online.
If anyone wishes to opt-out of the database, which essentially removes your personal information from their website, there are two options to do so. For an expedited opt-out it costs $4.95 and this method removes your information from the system within 48 hours. If you decide to use the standard opt-out, it is free; it takes approximately 2-4 weeks to process this request.
As with any people search databases available on the web comes inaccuracies, misspellings, and out of date information. Although they all claim to have current records, many of them do not. The public records in which they use to gather data are not always accurate, so they couldn’t possibly have accurate information if that is where they obtain data
There have been numerous complaints on the web about this business and its unethical practices.
Some of the people who have used Instant Checkmate requested reports which were returned with very little information included within the report details. Some of the reports came back empty and others had details on the wrong person altogether.
Most of the complaints, however, addressed unauthorized credit card charges; members have tried to cancel their membership and could not get a hold anyone to process the cancellation.
Some individuals attempted to cancel prior to the end of the 5 day trial and others tried to cancel at the start of the membership. In the end, these members were charged the full membership amount and then were charged again when the auto-renewal system kicked in.
The worse cases are individuals who have searched for their own report and were returned with completely incorrect information which included false criminal charges and arrests. This could potentially have a negative impact on someone’s future if they are unaware of such information within these reports.
InstantCheckMate.com has many red flags and should be approached with caution.
63 ‘InstantCheckMate.com’ Reviews
I read through all of the negative reviews here and I'm left thinking that people have unreasonable expectations. One review said... "I signed up for what I thought was one month to check what they show on me. Then they automatically charge me the next month when I wasn't using it. "
did this guy not read the terms before he put his cc number on it?? Kinda your fault dude.
Other complaints about endless progress bars, so what?? it's a little unnecessary but what does it really hurt??
And for people that say it's gives false info... Read their TOS read the disclaimers. It doesn't look like deceptive practice on their part as much on lack of thinking, researching and using your brain to sift through the info on yours.
If you KNOW (because they tell you very clearly) that some info may be incorrect but you have more than one piece of information you can pretty much put the pieces together and decipher the truth for yourself.
I have used the service now for 6 months or more and have been 4 out of 5 stars satisfied with the reports. I know they aren't going to know everything and I know that some info will get mixed in with other info and therefore some will be erroneous but all in all I find most of what I'm looking for most of the time.
I signed up for what I thought was one month to check what they show on me. Then they automatically charge me the next month when I wasn't using it. Trying to get my money back stay away they do not ask permission to renew and charge again. BAD company!
I was told of a new "Free" website that I could use to get names and address's from of old family friends. The site was called Peekyou.com. It started to smell like a scam but was not sure. So I decided to look up my info and it was able to show my fathers name (though, when I searched for him, it could not find his name), and my twin brothers name but not my other siblings. I decided to click continue and somehow, it linked to InstantCheckmate.com. All kinds of red-flag warnings popped up so I clicked on another option and up popped Thruthfinder.com with almost the same graphics and pointless progress bar.
Sites to stay away from as I'm sure the same person owns them:
They charged my debit card over $150 and I have no idea who they are. I didn't visit thier site. They just started charging me 29$ and change a month back in November. These people are criminals!!!!
Membership touts access to info in 30 different data points. However, what is accessed is mostly available in white pages, except for criminal info. Once you pay and get your report, you are then inundated with numerous options to access deeper information previously not available, of course for more money. Its a bait and switch. What misleading BS. Also, the criminal background info is so inaccurate its ridiculous. Be careful on what you receive and believe. Double check court case numbers the best you can. Most of the info is incomplete which makes it very hard to verify if the match to the search name is true. I did a self background check and the report had 9 different crimes associated with other people, not me, and I dont have a common name. You are better off just doing a Freedom of Information request to the state or local government. The company states that they cross check all info. BS. There’s a big difference between crosschecking information with a second database, and verifying the accuracy of said information. Dont waste your time or money. Oh and when you cancel, they immediately offer to extend your membership for $9 instead of $34 a month. The info received in the reports is not worth a monthly bill.