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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285 Customer Reviews for TruthFinder

Average Customer Rating: 2.2
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5 star: 71 4 star: 12 3 star: 5 2 star: 10 1 star:  187
Bottom Line: 31% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Great service!

    Definitely found what I was looking and recommended to anyone who needs a background information. I found my background and got to see what was there and if it was correct. No false information.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Beat app I have ever used in my life

    I recommend this app to everyone in the world. It has helped me through my roughest times. And I cannot express the customer satisfaction. The staff helps you quicker than oatmeal takes to cook.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Very pleased

    • Dallas, TX,
    • Aug 18, 2017
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    Very pleased. Good for basic info like contact phone address etc, city, and family members. Lots of info. Good for planning a move and search old friends and distant family.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Very thorough

    • Texas,
    • Aug 18, 2017
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    It was very accurate and thorough. I would recommend TruthFinder to anyone. It found every address, criminal history, marital status, emails, etc. the person had. It was a fast and easy process. I had the information within minutes.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Review of service by Michale.

    I wish to say that, when I spoke to a young man named Michale, he was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was extremely professional and courteous. I am pleased to have found this website and appreciate the excellent service. Thank you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your time or money

    • Massachusetts,
    • Aug 18, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Do not waste your time or money! First, you pay one fee and then they want another and another. After you pay the three fees, it will take about an hour as the site claims they are searching every available site for details. In the end what you end up with is the same information a Google search could give to you. I am sorry I spent the money. Big scam!

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

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Excellent tool

    • Nashville, TN,
    • Aug 18, 2017
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    I needed to do a check on a potential significant other, and I'm so glad I did. His background record came back, and I was shocked. TruthFinder did an awesome service. Once I confronted "the potential" with the results from TruthFinder, and he came clean and told me every thing.

    Ladies do yourself a favor and check that "potential."

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Customer service help

    • Conway, SC,
    • Aug 18, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Mr. Michale was very professional and took his time to listen to my concern. I couldn't get my report that was needed for my mother-in-law, and he was very kind and explained everything to me. He even went above his time and service to figure out what I was doing wrong and how he could fix the issue.

    Mr. Michale, thank you for all your wonderful help and calming me down with my stress level. He has wonderful customer service skills.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    The review was very informative.

    Even before joining TruthFinder, it was helpful in providing me with "general" information about the person. I would advise anyone to give TruthFinder a try. I think they will be very pleased with the information that is provided. The information outlined in the general report is quite detailed, much more so than other sites I have visited.

    I really appreciate that I did not have to wait for very long before the representative answered my call. I was very pleased with the help that she provided to me. She was very knowledgeable and successfully addressed all my concerns.

    I do have two suggestions: it would be much better if TruthFinder would clarify (from my perspective) when the member will be charged an additional fee for more information. I am not sure when I might have to pay more if I click on another button. It would also be great if TruthFinder could offer more discount certificates.

    In any event, I find it easy to navigate through the report. I look forward to reviewing additional information.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great service from Deanna

    • California,
    • Aug 17, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Deanna was great in kindness and promoting getting the charge refunded. She displayed a lot of patience and gave a bonus to me. She did her best to give "customer satisfaction" and beyond! Promote her soon before another company offers her a better deal!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Fantastic search success and impressive TruthFinder staff

    I used TruthFinder to locate a troubled niece. I found an amazing amount of data about her unfortunate path through life. However, among the bad things was information that gave me assurance that she was alive and now seems to be safe. Without TruthFinder, we would only have been left to assume the worse since she seemed to be navigating a self-destructive path.

    Later, I had questions about the continued value to our family of maintaining our subscription to TruthFinder's services. I called their customer service number and wound up speaking to Chris. I found him thoroughly knowledgeable, amiable and informative. He answered every question I had and convincingly described the value I could receive from continued membership. If Chris is typical of customer service folks at TruthFinder, it is a quality group.

    Regards from a thoroughly satisfied customer.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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