Written by Jason Lee -
Spokeo allows you to search for a person within the United States of America. The online people search service offers a few types of searches available, by name, phone number or email address.
Spokeo offers a basic search functionality for free. This offers the name, age, possible locations, and relatives. For more in-depth information, you need to register an account and select a membership plan to continue.
The types of reports given is based on your search option. Email addresses can give information on social networks, blog posts, and video sites used.
The layout of the reports are tabbed so you can see the information relevant to each. An online knowledgebase helps answer any questions you might have about the reports.
Most searches performed turned up information, with a couple of people searches being outdated or incorrect.
Email search looked to be the most inaccurate. Spokeo searches across several public sites where the email address has been used. Some sites that it claimed the email address was not used for, it was known to have an account. It was more accurate at picking up social network sites.
Spokeo is not a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Information on this site cannot be used for purposes outlined in the FCRA. This includes, but is not limited to, employment, finance, insurance or tenant screening.
Spokeo has accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since February 2nd, 2009.
Spokeo does not verify the accuracy of the information presented.
You can request removal of your personal information from its database for safety reasons.
Some searches, like court records and email search, are not covered by the membership fee. Extra fees may incur as a result.
You can perform up to 20 people searches a month.
Spokeo offers good information, but for people search on one person leads it to be expensive. The option to choose between name, email address, or phone number is a nice touch.
Accuracy of information varied between the searches attempted, and is to be expected of these services. If you intend to look up many people, Spokeo can be a great choice to start your record searches.
Be mindful of the types of reports you need, as some have extra fees not covered by the monthly membership.