About TruthFinder

TruthFinder is a people search website that allows you to search for anyone in the US and gain instant access to contact information, background checks, criminal records, and more.

In order to provide this information, TruthFinder “pores over hundreds of millions of available public records, social network data, and more” from multiple sources, including county, state, and federal databases. Then, your results can be accessed from your mobile device, tablet, or computer, while remaining 100% confidential.

There’s no doubt that the information provided by TruthFinder might come in handy, whether you’re looking to find out more about an old friend, a new flame, or your nice-but-creepy neighbor. But will the price you pay be in line with the information you receive? Are there any important things to keep in mind before handing over your credit card number.

We’ll discuss all of this (and more!) here. To start things off, let’s talk about what a public records company offers.

What Is a People Search Website?

First, public records are simply “documents or pieces of information that are not considered confidential.” This can include records as part of a court proceeding, birth, marriage, death, voter registration, and more.

Due to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all of these records are publicly​ available to anyone who requests them. However, the process of obtaining information from multiple sources can be cumbersome (we’ll come back around to this in a moment), so companies like TruthFinder can make it easier to quickly gain access, and then view the results in a single report.

For example, let’s say you wanted to find out 1) if someone was delinquent on their taxes, and 2) if they’re married. For the first, you’d have to visit the county tax assessor’s office, wait in line, and request the document (usually by filling out some paperwork and paying a small fee). Next, you’d need to visit the courthouse and do the same for any marriage certificates.

Now, imagine you were interested in obtaining all the available public records for an individual. You’d probably spend weeks dealing with all the appropriate governmental agencies, which could be time consuming and expensive.

But when the rubber meets the road, will people search websites like TruthFinder provide a solid value for your money? To answer this, we’ll first take a look at how you can obtain a TruthFinder report.

How To Use the TruthFinder Website

To begin, you’ll first enter the person’s first name, last name, and state on the TruthFinder home page.

After a few minutes watching various loading bars, you’ll be taken to a page that shows matching results, which displays the person’s age, current/previous locations, and possible relatives. If there’s more than one name that matches your search, they can be sorted by best match, first or last name, age, or location.

From there, you’ll click the ‘Access Report’ button. Again, you’ll wait several more minutes as everything loads. Afterward, you’ll be able to select the person’s possible relatives and order reports for them as well.

Next, you’ll encounter a big, bold image that claims: “Individual’s report may contain graphic content that we can only reveal in a secure session.” In our opinion, after reviewing many of the most popular people search websites (more shortly), this is only intended to grab your attention, and doesn’t necessarily reflect what you’ll actually find in the report.

Screenshot of TruthFinder's WebsitePeople search websites like TruthFinder are notorious for using tactics like this to draw you in. Don’t be fooled though, because it’s unlikely you’ll uncover anything “graphic.”

Finally, you’ll arrive at the pricing page, which is what we’ll discuss next.

TruthFinder’s Subscription Plans

Until you hand over your credit card information, you won’t be able to access TruthFinder’s reports, even though you may have waited 5 minutes or more just to get to this point.

To this extent, you’ll be able to choose from one of the following subscription plans, which provides access to unlimited reports:

  • 5-day trial: $1 – But when your trial ends, you’ll automatically be billed $16.71 for a monthly membership, unless you cancel beforehand.
  • 1 Month: $16.71 per month
  • 3 Months: $15.71 per month ($47.13 total)
  • 6 Months: $13.71 per month ($82.26 total)

Important note: Although you’ll be able to order an unlimited number of reports through these plans, the reports are considered ‘Standard’. In order to obtain access to a Premium report (here’s a sample report), you’ll have to pay an additional $14.95 per report. This will give you access to:

  • Civil Judgments
  • Corporate Affiliations
  • Watercraft Owned
  • UCC Filings
  • Properties Owned
  • Voter Registration
  • Old Phone Numbers
  • Email Addresses
  • Tax Liens
  • Professional Licenses
  • Hunting/Fishing Permits
  • Weapons Permits
  • Foreclosures
  • Criminal Records (Third Data Source)
  • Aircraft Owned
  • Neighbors
  • Business Associates
  • And Much More!

In order to cancel your trial or your subscription plan, you’ll need to call TruthFinder customer service at (800) 699-8081.

How does everything we’ve discussed so far compare to other people search websites?

Is TruthFinder Better Than Other Background Check Websites?

While there’s no denying that the TruthFinder website is attractive (despite the fact that it can take 5 minutes or more just to land on the ordering page), the reality is that they don’t seem to be much different than any of the other people search companies we’ve reviewed in the past. This includes Instant Checkmate, SpyFly, BeenVerified, and more.

In other words, their prices are essentially the same—and since they’re all pulling the same data from the same sources—the information their reports contain probably won’t be meaningfully different. But what are actual customers saying?

Here on HighYa, these companies have an average rating of 1.5 stars (read: stay away). Why does everyone seem so upset?

Overwhelmingly, the biggest complaint is that most of the information in these reports can be found through a quick online search, without pay a dime. On top of this, many customers complain that the information in these reports is out of date, altogether incorrect, or just plain missing. And this seems to apply whether they’re ordering a Standard or Premium report.

Ultimately, because of the high prices associated with these reports, many customers claim to have felt scammed.

Other common complaints include poor customer service and difficulty cancel trials/monthly subscriptions. Is this what other consumers are saying about TruthFinder?

Is TruthFinder Pleasing Their Customers?

TruthFinder was a fairly new company at the time of our research, having been founded in March 2015. As such, there wasn’t a whole lot of online customer feedback.

However, we did find one customer review on Ripoff Report, which referenced website problems and disappointing information in reports. There was also a single complaint on Outscam.com, which also referenced outdated/incorrect information, sneaky subscriptions, and that most of the same information could be found online for free.

From a company perspective, TruthFinder had an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 3 closed complaints (as of 12/10/15). Unlike elsewhere, these appeared to reference difficulty removing personal information from the company’s database.

We know you’re anxious to figure out if TruthFinder is your best option for obtaining public records, so let’s bring it home.

Try Searching Online Before Using TruthFinder

In The Problems with Online People Searches, we provided an in-depth look at the people search industry, common customer complaints, and alternatives if you’re looking to save money but still gain access to much of the same information. So if you haven’t read this article yet, we’d suggest doing so at your earliest convenience.

Sure, TruthFinder claims to “scour the deep web to uncover information that normal search engines can't find,” but in reality, we think this is just marketing hype intended to dissuade you from looking elsewhere.

Granted, since all of this is pulled from the same sources, this doesn’t mean the information you’ll find on your own will be any more accurate than going through TruthFinder. But at least you’ll be able to hang on to more of your hard-earned money, which is what HighYa’s all about.

In our opinion, we’d recommend you start there and avoid people search websites like TruthFinder altogether. After all, it doesn’t matter which company you’re thinking about, they all come with bottom-of-the-barrel online reputations.

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164 Customer Reviews for TruthFinder

Average Customer Rating: 1.1
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 2 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 8 1 stars: 154
Bottom Line: 2% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Expensive and a waste of time

    I was expecting TruthFinder to be free, so I wasted about seven minutes of my time finding reports on a random person to see if it's legit. When the report was complete and was ready to open, I was ready for a graphic report when suddenly it told me to put in credit card information. Plus, about $24?! Rip-off! I don't recommend this to anybody, anywhere. Don't waste your time on this website.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    What a crock of crap

    I subscribed to get information on one person. Instead, TruthFinder delivered information on people with the same last name, but not the person I inquired about. What a total waste of money! Never, never use this.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    I looked up someone who I know quite a bit about, and they were not even able to give me any info that I didn't already know. They wanted more money to give me the background of the individual, so I immediately canceled. Complete scam.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 13 people found this review helpful

    TruthFinder con

    TruthFinder automatically billed my PayPal account for $27.78 the second month without my authorization. I filed a claim with PayPal disputing the amount, and PayPal denied the claim. TruthFinder conveniently did NOT inform me of the charge until after the charge was made.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Read subscription details very closely

    My wife used this service to help find a friend. The information wasn't that useful, but we were willing to pay for it to find. Come to find out there is an automatic billing unless you cancel. So be very careful when using this service. I find these billing activities very misleading and unethical.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Waste

    • Denver, Colorado,
    • May 12, 2017

    What a waste. Too bad I cannot give it zero. I just did a search of family members and nothing is correct, and it has no real information that is not generic. It had wrong pictures, etc. My personal search of myself had more errors than items that were correct.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Steer clear!

    • Charleston, SC,
    • May 12, 2017

    The report was five years old and missing ALL arrest records, (ALL information from the past five years?). Emails promised to verify cancellation due to inaccurate report never arrived, etc. etc. etc. STEER CLEAR.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Trash (would give -100 stars if I could)

    They make you sit through 5-10 warning worth of slides telling you that they're loading information. They made me pay for a month's fee, and it was TERRIBLE. I searched up myself, and even my age was wrong! 50% of the information is incorrect, and the other half can easily be found out through a Google search.

    I DO NOT recommend this; don't fall for the clickbait! They tell you that there can be graphic content, but there is literally nothing at all. There are so many additional fees, plus the inaccuracy made me cancel.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Just another come on with bogus information

    Some information shown was actual, but much of it was not accurate. It takes a lot of time before it springs the Credit Card payment needed, AFTER insinuating it was free. DON'T waste your time. The free information you can get anywhere else. The paid information I never saw, but public records are FREE.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 13 people found this review helpful

    20% or less is accurate information

    Didn't come close to meeting my expectations! I did a review on myself and other family members. The data was at least 80% inaccurate and thus unreliable. For example, my wife was listed as a sibling. Did they check marriage licenses? No way! My sons and my wife's birthdays were all listed as approximately May 2nd! Apparently, May was the birthday month de jour. Did they check birth certificates? My house was shown in the wrong section of the block. Places that I supposedly lived at were all wrong.

    Where did they get this from! Don't waste your money; this is a complete scam!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Bad information

    TruthFinder could not find me nor another person living within the same county in Michigan. I am 73 years old and have lived in my town all my life, with the exception of 4 years (from age 20-24). I own a business, so I am very visible and have been for 40 years.

    TruthFinder has a person by the same name, who does not and has not resided in my area but has my relatives listed. This person is 27 years old.

    When you insert your name initially, you are not asked for your middle initial. You have to take the time to scroll thru useless names, then go to advanced search. This is just setting you up to join or subscribe to a service that is of no value.

    I called TruthFinder to find out just why I do not exist. I was told that the information they use is provided by a third party and they do not know nor warrant that it is correct, however, they are trying to get money from the public then without verifying if it is correct or incorrect. Is this not fraud?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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