Whether you're looking for a long-lost family member, old classmate, or someone that owes your money, many people start their searches online and are quickly overwhelmed. Google is usually the first stop, but where do you start where there are millions of results to sift through?
For private investigators, finding personal details about someone online with little information to rely on is typical. This post explains various resources one can use in order to locate someone.
Option 1: Social Media Profiles
Social media is a great place to start when trying to locate someone online. Websites like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter are great at connecting you with someone if you don’t have their phone numbers or addresses.
Facebook is the most widely used social media platform and allows you to run a search using the user’s name and suspected location. But what if you don’t know the location of the person? What if they have since changed last names? Facebook can be a good resource but it’s dependent upon a lot of variables. LinkedIn is a also good resource if you know the individual’s name and their region or job information.
Option 2: Major Search Engines
Search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and AOL are a great way to find information you are searching for. Despite Google being dominate, you should expand your search beyond Google. Search engines are not all identical, and will not return the same results. Each search engine uses a different database and search algorithm, and this will affect what information is returned.
Option 3: Search for Phone Numbers
There are many websites such as White Pages, Yellow Pages, or Spydialer that are good resources for locating phone numbers. This will only work if the individual has a landline phone and the records are not always up to date.
We understand that much of this can seem very overwhelming. Another option is to utilize IntelHawk Private Investigations’ locate by name/previous address or locate by SSN searches. IntelHawk is a private investigation firm that offers services for a low, one-time fee rather than a costly hourly rate or monthly subscriptions. IntelHawk will do the leg work for you so you don’t have to be overwhelmed and left to find the information all on your own.