InstantCheckMate.com Reviews

About InstantCheckMate.com

InstantCheckMate.com is an internet-based people search program used to discover detailed information on anyone. It provides criminal history, phone numbers, addresses and much more.

The data is compiled from a number of different public record sources. They use national state and local criminal databases as well as a sex offender database to provide you the criminal background of anyone as well as the area in which you have designated to search.

There are three different memberships available through InstantCheckMate.com; all of them come with an unlimited number of people search/background checks. It costs $89.00 for a 6-month membership, $59.00 for a 3-month membership and $24.00 for a one-month membership. Each membership is billed upfront and will automatically y renew at the end of the plan unless you cancel it. They also offer a 5-day trial for $1.00 to try the service. The only way to become a member is to sign up online.

If anyone wishes to opt-out of the database, which essentially removes your personal information from their website, there are two options to do so. For an expedited opt-out it costs $4.95 and this method removes your information from the system within 48 hours. If you decide to use the standard opt-out, it is free; it takes approximately 2-4 weeks to process this request.

As with any people search databases available on the web comes inaccuracies, misspellings, and out of date information. Although they all claim to have current records, many of them do not. The public records in which they use to gather data are not always accurate, so they couldn’t possibly have accurate information if that is where they obtain data

There have been numerous complaints on the web about this business and its unethical practices.

Some of the people who have used Instant Checkmate requested reports which were returned with very little information included within the report details. Some of the reports came back empty and others had details on the wrong person altogether.

Most of the complaints, however, addressed unauthorized credit card charges; members have tried to cancel their membership and could not get a hold anyone to process the cancellation.

Some individuals attempted to cancel prior to the end of the 5 day trial and others tried to cancel at the start of the membership. In the end, these members were charged the full membership amount and then were charged again when the auto-renewal system kicked in.

The worse cases are individuals who have searched for their own report and were returned with completely incorrect information which included false criminal charges and arrests. This could potentially have a negative impact on someone’s future if they are unaware of such information within these reports.

InstantCheckMate.com has many red flags and should be approached with caution.

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Ripofffffff - Bait and switch

Reviewed By Ann on November 7, 2016

Membership touts access to info in 30 different data points. However, what is accessed is mostly available in white pages, except for criminal info. Once you pay and get your report, you are then inundated with numerous options to access deeper information previously not available, of course for more money. Its a bait and switch. What misleading BS. Also, the criminal background info is so inaccurate its ridiculous. Be careful on what you receive and believe. Double check court case numbers the best you can. Most of the info is incomplete which makes it very hard to verify if the match to the search name is true. I did a self background check and the report had 9 different crimes associated with other people, not me, and I dont have a common name. You are better off just doing a Freedom of Information request to the state or local government. The company states that they cross check all info. BS. There’s a big difference between crosschecking information with a second database, and verifying the accuracy of said information. Dont waste your time or money. Oh and when you cancel, they immediately offer to extend your membership for $9 instead of $34 a month. The info received in the reports is not worth a monthly bill.

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They sell your email, of course

Reviewed By Poetic Vogon on October 9, 2016

So google put their website as the first result when I searched for a place I can check my driving record.

Put my name in, selected where I live, gave them my DISPOSABLE EMAIL.
Then there's endless progress bars.
They are soooooooo fake.
If you need that much time to get information from various sources and compile them for real, dude you should fire your programmer; I can code better and I'm not even a programmer.

And then after about eternity, they said they've done it and I should pay them.
Nope, you are so bad and I can smell it from over the internet.

But then the spam folder of my email EXPLODED.
Checked the headers of them.
Yep all of the spams use the DISPOSABLE EMAIL I told them.

Thank goodness I dodged a bullet.

If you still love your life, stay clear of this horrible website.

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Scam

Reviewed By John on July 20, 2016

If only 0/5 stars was an option;

They got a hold of my credit card info somehow and charged me for months before I noticed it. I had to call my bank and had to have them sort it out, I was on a 3 way call with bank and "company". The person on the other line was scared and talking very fast and tried to hang up the phone ASAP.

Unless you want to file fraud claims, have to get a new credit card, redo all your reoccurring billing then do not even visit their site.

Their representative said I used it to search myself, when I've never even gotten a speeding ticket in my life. When I questioned him why I would even use the site and why for months on end he essentially hung up the phone.

BEWARE, DO NOT EVEN VISIT THEIR SITE!!

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Not worth your time

Reviewed By M Kawa on February 23, 2016

Instant Checkmate is a terrible company to try to do business with. If you have used it once, then try to use it again they will not allow this UNLESS you use a new email address. I needed a one time background check, and because I used the service over a year ago I was told I needed a different email address to use it again. When I tried to get a explanation for this the idiot on the customer service line kept repeating the canned sentence over and over. When I asked for a manager I was put on hold for 20 min and was again told the same canned explanation. When I said I only wanted a single background check I was asked why I needed it . I said to check on a employee and was told the checks are not reliable and should not be used under any circumstances for this purpose. What purpose does one need to get a background check ?? I will go elsewhere.

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too good to be true

Reviewed By Bert Goldfish on December 5, 2015

If you look at what is going on behind their light show, its just a bunch of slick animations, those loading bars aren't showing the progress of a through search, its all for show. any website that promises similar results can pull up that info in a second flat. like Richard Lubitz, I found the service on Aol and was immediately suspicious. the final give away that this site was up to no good was when I came upon a news article on their page clearly written by them. Feeding off the public's trust of the press is the lowest trick in the books and the easiest one to spot. If this was a litigate business, there would be no need for tricks of visual effects. The product will at least to an extent sell itself. It doesn't happen here though.

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Gigantic Ripoff

Reviewed By Barbara Cook on November 30, 2015

I was at first excited about signing up for Instant Checkmate. That excitement was quickly dampened, however, after searching 4-5 names - including my own. Every single report was grossly incorrect. I signed up between 1AM-2AM on November 30, 2015, and cancelled my subscription around 6:15AM and very same day.

The e-mail address (that's difficult to find) to cancel is:
webcancellations@instantcheckmate.com

If you paid by Paypal, you can go into your Paypal account and cancel the monthly payment there. After taking that step, be sure to contact them by telephone or e-mail. Simply cancelling the payment does NOT cancel your contract with them.

I'm now hoping that they'll give me a prorated refund - especially since I'm cancelling the same day.

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InstantCheckMate

Reviewed By Barbara on November 25, 2015

This online service is not what it seems. It charges you to see a report but not all of the report only some. Then it charges you to download the report (which you have yet to see) and then proceeds to charge for "premium" information. When I asked for a refund due to not being able to open the report and also because they are scamming for more money before you even see anything. "Fred" my customer service person continued to talk over me to emphasize that they had provided the "service". I'm not sure anymore what the service is because I could see nothing and print nothing. After persistently requesting a refund finally Fred gave me 50% of my $22 back and said it could take 5 - 6 weeks for me to receive it. This site is a scam all around!!

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kiss my ass you lying sobs.

Reviewed By jsalluison on November 19, 2015

Oh, it's F'n totally free, just give us your credit card we like so totally promise we're (lying sackweasels) totally legit. Bring this bastard to me. I have a 36oz Louisville Slugger I so want this lying ass to become acquainted with.

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They Love your email address

Reviewed By Some Dude on October 11, 2015

I used a masked email when I signed up for ONE report. A masked email is an email like 3993bg9@opayq.com that points to your real email like somedude@email.com for example. This allows you to track any and all spam that comes to that box just by looking at the opayq email. I get no less than 160 SPAMs from services and companies I DIDN'T sign up for every week. Fortunately, I just delete the opayq email and all SPAM is gone. Don't use your real email with this or any company that "sells" you reports or offers it free.

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raven parsons
November 13, 2015

absolutely useless. the info they have on me is more than 15yrs old. same thing for my ex husband. i originally wanted to get some details on my boyfriend who was just arrested and hes not even on here. if nothing else you would think they would use info from his fb but nothing. his family members are in here but he isnt even listed as a possible relative and i know he has a prior arrest record.

November 19, 2015

They promised totally free and then demanded a credit card number. Does the phrase KISS MY ASS ring any bells you lying SOBS?

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No big surprise

Reviewed By Feudal Serf 6680 on August 21, 2015

When I fist heard of InstantCheckmate from what I thought was a reputable site, I approached with caution as I do with any unknown entity. Entered my own name and gave them a brand new email address which I had never given to anyone. The info about myself was skimpy and incorrect. A few days later, the email address I gave them started being bombarded with all kinds of junkmail and phishing scams.

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TOTAL RIP OFFR

Reviewed By Celeste Ulander on June 26, 2015

They say that they can give you traffic ticket information. Ran mine and nothing came up. Called them and was told the DMV's do not provide them with this information HUH?? Website says they could give it to me.

Primary address is an address I lived at 5 years ago.

I canceled on the spot. They did not offer to refund the money, but when I said I was going to call my credit card company - then they offered to give me a refund.

Stay away from!!

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what a joke!

Reviewed By Monte Cooper on May 16, 2015

Wish I could give it 0 stars. Total scam/ripoff. Paid my money on CC, and they charge extra for PDF and any additional info, which based on my experience with looing at my own search, it total cow dung.

I'm an internet luddite, but I found five times more info on myself with a simple google search than they provided me. Searches from friends and relatives turned up a first and last name. They wanted more of my cc before supplying any additional info

I made the purchase based on a Phoenix, AZ BBB rating of B+. Guess they bought them off.

I will be going to my bank tomorrow to cancel any additional charges they may try to tack on, and reporting them to the AZ Republic, the three local news channels, and the State AGs office on Monday.

DO NOT FALL FOR THIS BS. Do a google search for who you are looking for. It will give you at least five time more info than these scammers will.

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May 23, 2015

his is a total scam.... It tells you to sign up for a report for $1 to get a full report and bam you get basic info and it is not even correct, BUT to get a real full report you have to pay another $19.99. So yea it is a money scheme so don't waste your time. When I called to cancel I told them right out This is nothing but a scam to get more money to really know anything.... What a joke scamming assholes.

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Most of the Information is Incorrect

Reviewed By Sandy Kopp-Quick on May 7, 2015

I did a background check on myself and 99.9% of information contained in the report was wrong. This is the biggest scam I have ever paid for, I will definately not pay for it any more. If a site is going to publish public information, I suggest they verify it first. I am appalled at the information that was contained in my search on myself. I plan to file a report to have my information removed.

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scammed

Reviewed By Deanna Johnson on April 21, 2015

waste of money-tells you no information at all-what a joke!

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It's a BIG SCAM, Do not go there.

Reviewed By Andrew Keim on April 13, 2015

This a BIG SCAM do not use the service, do not search for anyone, and definitely do not give them your email address.

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RIP OFF

Reviewed By Nancy-Lyn Yard on April 11, 2015

Paid for the report not the premium upgrade. The information was less information than I found doing my own searches on local public office sites. I found 11 arrest records they found 0. They couldn't even find his Facebook page which I did. This was a big waste of money. Save your cash a spend 10 to 15 mins doing your own leg work you will get better information

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Not worth the time or money

Reviewed By Jennifer on February 26, 2015

If I could give this less than one star I would. The information on the site is inaccurate and incomplete. I did searches on people I knew well and much of their information was not included in the search results, then to top it off if you wanted to print out a report or gather more information you were charged an unreasonable rate. The customer service rep was easy to deal with and well mannered but after reading the comments on this review site I am concerned with the return of the subscription. I truly do not want to pay another 23.00/month for such useless information when I could get more information doing a basic web search for free! Very disappointing.

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December 14, 2015

Did u get your $$

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Con people

Reviewed By Viktoria Nikolaeva on February 25, 2015, Oakland, California

Con people!!! Do not use this site!
To check if I'm going to have real information I did research on name of the person I know. And got mix information of this person relative and lie. Never got my money back

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Highly Suspect

Reviewed By Tank on February 8, 2015

From the searches that I have done the InstantCheckMate site is highly inaccurate. It presents many extraneous results and few good ones. Its initial fee barely produces a list of names. Any significant data requires additional fees. It is a sucker site.

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Worthless

Reviewed By William DeBow on January 13, 2015

Had to pay to see my first test run on myself. Had my address wrong even though I've lived there 20 years. Had my phone number as a number I cancelled 10 years ago and now belongs to someone else. Showed my marriage to my first wife who died 22 years ago (which they didn't report) and did not show my marriage to my second wife who I have been married to 20 years. For this I paid almost 30 bucks????

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