www.PeopleSmart.com is new to the online people search and background check market, but it's quickly becoming one of the best services you can use to find people and check on the criminal, civil and financial histories of new people in your life such as babysitters, potential dates, new business partners and more. It's also a good tool for finding people with whom you've lost touch, such as relatives, old flames and former classmates. PeopleSmart is powered by Inflection, the startup behind Archives.com. This background search service differentiates itself by offering a privacy policy that fits with the digital age. It also offers extensive information about the kinds of public records that are available, and lets you search in a variety of ways. Then, you have a good choice of ways to pay, from monthly memberships to one-time searches. www.PeopleSmart.com You can also start with a basic people search and then choose to learn more with a social networking search or criminal background check. PeopleSmart comes with many great features, but it falls behind the competition by offering only seven report types. Competing services offer 50 or more. This service is also lacking when it comes to the content of its reports. Almost all the data it provides is accurate and the contact information it shows is especially good, but it misses www.PeopleSmart.com some things like poor driving records and minor civil lawsuits. This service is a good starting place for any people or background research, but it shouldn't necessarily be your last stop. We recommend verifying your results regardless of the background check service you use. This background search service gives you more ways to search than almost any competing service. You can start with just a last name, and then you can narrow down your results by first name, state and city of residence, and full street address or date of birth, among others. Then, you can use the free preview results feature to choose exactly the person you're looking for using criteria such as age and possible family members. You can also search using email addresses and phone numbers with the reverse search tools on this site. Once you've found the person you're researching, conducting a criminal background check is simple. www.PeopleSmart.com You can choose statewide or nationwide results, or you can search just for sex offender status. If your background search finds any records, you can see a description of the crime, pleas and dispositions and more. You can also find the businesses associated with your subject, his or her neighbors and relatives, related property ownership and civil court records such as bankruptcies, liens and small claims judgments. If you're looking just for contact information, expect to find email addresses and landline or mobile phone numbers. PeopleSmart is easy to use right from the beginning. You can begin searching from the homepage, even if all you have is a last name. If you need to use more search criteria, you can do so easily on subsequent pages. Then, preview results will appear instantly and you can order the report you need. Privacy protection tools available with this background search service are similarly easy to use. www.PeopleSmart.com First, the company never shows "sensitive records" such as wealth estimates and relationship statuses. Then, you can prevent any information about you from appearing on its search results with the click of just a few buttons. This includes publicly held records like court documents and property records. In comparison, competing services require you to fax or mail them sensitive information for every record you want to be hidden, and you can only remove information provided by non-public entities. The IdentitySmart program associated with PeopleSmart makes protecting your online identity even easier. Unfortunately, little information about this service is available online. You can find more information about what each report will include with this service. Whether you're trying to verify information about a new business partner or trying to find an old www.PeopleSmart.com classmate, getting correct information is paramount. Therefore, we tested each background search we reviewed to see whether the results it provided are correct and complete. PeopleSmart did a very good job of providing relevant information, but it missed some of the public records we found using other people search engines. For example, this service found contact information for every search subject we used, even when we entered only a last name or used an incorrect city of residence. It found information such as private cell phone numbers that were unavailable with the competitors. However, it also found incorrect and outdated information for some of our search subjects. When we moved beyond looking for people to conducting background search services, we ran into www.PeopleSmart.com more trouble. We ordered reports using information about people we knew well, and found that important information like a bad driving history and civil court liens were absent. The same was true for social networking accounts. However, the criminal background check we ordered found all the relevant records. In contrast, other top services provided more information, but some of it, including bankruptcies and tax liens, was incorrect. The more important your search, the more highly we recommend double-checking the results. Three things complicate the accuracy of reports with this service, and each is common in the online people search market. The first is that PeopleSmart relies on records held by multiple government entities. Therefore, its results are only as accurate as the information held by those agencies. Second, this service isn't certified as a consumer credit reporting agency under the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). That means you can't use your results for employment screening or deciding whether to lend money. It also means that you can't search by a full social security number, so all your results will be estimations. Finally, this service has pledged not to reveal some information, and it makes it easy for anyone to opt out of appearing in search results. This is good news for your online safety, but means that some valid information about your subject may be unavailable. Using this background search service is easy, but you can refer to an online FAQs www.PeopleSmart.com document if you need assistance. You can also email the help desk with questions and concerns, but you may not get the answers you need. Our questions were answered within 24 hours, as promised, but the response was a form letter that did not directly address the issues we raised. You can't reach this company by telephone or live chat. www.PeopleSmart.compeoplesmart reviewpeoplesmart phone numberpeoplesmart loginpeoplesmart opt out