Top 3 Surprising Things in a Background Check Other Than a Criminal Record

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Top 3 Surprising Things in a Background Check Other Than a Criminal Record

When people think of background checks, their minds tend to go immediately to criminal incidents, but background checks actually provide a wide range of information beyond any criminal history.

The top three surprising things you might find in a background check includes: past associates, bankruptcies, and information on old social media profiles.

The old saying “birds of feather flock together” may not be true in all cases, but it is true that you can often judge a person by the company he or she keeps. Background checks can help you understand what kind of people the person you are searching for keeps close ties with–or has in the past.

First, a background check will likely reveal any previous or current spouses.

This is obviously a crucially important piece of information about someone you are dating who gives you a funny feeling. Unfortunately, incidents of married men and women dating are more common than one might want to believe.

However, keep in mind the possible associates section is also likely to reveal siblings, roommates, and sometimes business partners.

Knowing these people may fill in holes in a person’s background and may lead to some important questions about the past. Of course, a background check, because it also provides dates for many different associations, can also help verify if there has been a change or break in associates in the past.

People also may not realize that a background check can reveal financial information about a person.

A background check may reveal important financial information such as whether a person has experienced a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or had a financial judgment entered against him or her in a lawsuit. Of course, the information is generally provided without a context and is limited in its legal uses, but it can give you some information about a person’s approach to finances.

Finally, background checks can help you find out how a person has chosen to present himself or herself to the public, by revealing old social media profiles. Social media profiles can help you find out more information about a person from benign information like favorite bands and sports teams to more significant finds like associations with ex-lovers and colleagues.

When all of this information is put together, it becomes easy to see how a background check may be able to help you get a fuller understanding of a person, without revealing any information related to a criminal behavior.

You can run a background check on anyone in America now with BeenVerified.

Disclaimer: The above is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.

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Justin Lavelle

Justin Lavelle is the social media director and blogger for BeenVerified.com. He is based out of Northern Virginia.