Background checking the opposition?


Is it worth it?


So you want to run a background check on someone. There could be many reasons for wanting to do that. If you are building a case against an individual or you are trying to locate someone who really doesn’t want to be located, a background check could be very useful.


A background check can be purchased for a modest sum from one of many accredited companies. In a standard background check you will find a substantial amount of interesting information. The question is, will that information give you all you need to know?


Typically you will get only very basic Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).  Purchasing a check just saves you time slaving over a computer. It will come from sources something like this:


Edited Electoral Register.

Companies House information.

Satellite imagery and maps.

Land Registry.

Company listings.

Data Resource.

Local Data Company.

Demographic information

Insolvency information.

Mortality information

County Court Judgements.


All of that can give you everything you might need. But it might not!


If your subject is not the type to register to vote, or he opts out of the published Electoral roll, there will be little information available there.

If he has never registered a company there will be no useful information at Companies House.

If he has changed his name, you might never know.


You probably need to know information from one of five main areas of a person’s life:








There are many more repositories of information that are not accessed in a standard background check. It really is a matter of digging sufficiently deeply to find that crucial piece of information.


When does a background check become a background investigation?


To find what you really need to know might entail visiting a court archive in another city, unearthing old newspaper reports or knocking on neighbour’s doors where your subject used to live.


A Private Investigator can go the extra mile.


At the outset of any case it might appear that you need to know absolutely everything. Often you only need a small fraction to make the case.


Your PI will be straight with you from the outset. The information you need may not be accessible at all. It might just not exist. But that will not prevent him/her doing their best to find the evidence.

Private Investigators know that all information must be lawfully obtained. Otherwise it is of no use to a lawyer. If it is not admissible in court, it’s worthless.




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