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As with any people search databases available on the web comes inaccuracies, misspellings, and out of date information.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.
50 ‘InstantCheckMate.com’ Reviews
No big surprise
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.
TOTAL RIP OFFR
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!!
what a joke!
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.
Most of the Information is Incorrect
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.
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
Not worth the time or money
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.
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
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.
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????
I'm only giving it one star because you can't give it no stars. I feel I have been scammed. I asked for a report on someone I knew, who had moved. I did get their new address, but only after signing up for $22.83 a month. When I tried to download it to pdf, they wanted another "one-time" charge of $1.99. In addition, they said up front that the report would contain criminal information (my friend has NO criminal record), but THAT INFORMATION WAS NOT IN THE REPORT. They wanted extra to "upgrade" my "membership." I paid by Paypal, and I'm going to make darned sure Paypal doesn't pay them for another month.
Bait and Switch
Instant background is a bait and switch site. Their website is misleading. I signed up for 3 months for 59.0 and they wanted more money for anything other than basic information you can get free on Google. I called to cancel and was told I could not cancel. I was told later in the conversation that they would refund 50% and cancel the service. I was told even later in the conversation that they would contact Pay Pal and cancel with no charge. All of this happened within one hour. These people are not honest and will scam you if you allow it.
Never Signed Up
I saw an ad for it and decided to search myself and after it kept loading new pages to try and convince me it had a report, I got off. I never gave them any of my credit card information either. They are criminals to people.
Seemed legit at first.
Now, I didn't completely go through the motions, due to being cautious with my new bank account, and all of that stuff. But I did notice how you had to click a LOT of links in order to get to the report, and that made me uneasy. Don't try it. It reeks of failure.
Bait and switch for sure....
I signed up for the service as it was posted on AOL's main news feed. After going through the 5 minute upload and lightshow, the fee structure ( I thought) was presented for buying into the service. I selected a 6 month option. I then ran my own name on the service. The generic info was accurate but others I checked weren't! I was then asked to pay 19,99 for the "premium" option for detailed info (which I thought I was already paying for)...Total B.S.!!! This wasn't made known until you pay for the supposed standard service. I then called to cancel the service after one use. They cancelled the service only after signing me up for the 6 months I paid for ie. no refund and, in effect , I'm on the service I don't want for 6 months...Obviously this service is a short lived internet scam that will cash in on unsuspecting individuals, get closed down, and will count their millions in the Bahamas after closed. I can't believe AOL allowed this service to pop up on their daily news feed...
Beware if recurring charges and lack of information
I was curious to see what information was reported on this service. I selected the premium - believing it was $44 for 3 months.
I did checks on myself and family members. It did not list complete information (eg., marriage records) and included arrest information on other people with similar names, but with different middle initials and birthdates, and different states. Not the person I asked for.
I read their confirmation email after doing the searches and found out my Paypal account would be charged $44 every 3 months on a recurring basis. I called and immediately cancelled without a problem. I will be sure to follow up and make sure they did cancel the account.
Very Convincing.. Until You Refresh the Page.
I got curious about my neighbors who had been verbally harassing me and my home for the past year and a half.
After yielding no results, I got curious and searched mine for the fun of it!
The first search under my own name said I was arrested for car theft?
I was completely skeptical of course, then refreshed the page.
Then I realized,
the information FAKES the information.
I refreshed the page 5 times. Each time, yielding different things I have never done in my life. Worst of all, my dad's name got caught under false information as well! Are you f*cking serious?
This is messed up, and even had me convinced this was direct from the government.
Bait and Switch
First off the site is really just snazzy eye candy. All the pretty graphs are doing nothing. To date, no site has access to all of this information. While you can use several free tools like Maltego to search for online information, public records require a public records request. That should be a dead give away. There are ways to obtain most of this data at a cost, but those costs are one time charges and require a bit of work. This site is taking advantage of people using flashy graphics and flawed data. As for some of the data they "Claim" to have access to, only LEO have access to that. DCI and NCIC are not something you can run. Federal law prohibits you from obtaining license information IE Plate data. This came after several famous stalking cases that ended up including murder. As for their billing practices that is really what takes the cake here. If they were just honest and said you get what you get and charged a flat rate I think it would just be buyer beware, but its not. There are too many complaints about entering into contract of repeating charges. The site will not last long as the complaints mount. The trickery with the graphics and all the check boxes saying you agree not to use the data for the wrong purpose, along with graphic warnings are Psychological marketing at its best I will give them that LOL. Don't fall for it. If you need this information do your home work and yes it will cost you money and time , and probably travel. That your can hire someone to do it who has a license. Also consider all the parameters they are claiming to give you for 22 bucks. A request , regardless of content for each of those items would be well over $100 in most states. So yes It is a scam avoid the site. Don't sign up and don't give out your email address. BTW most sites block posting of the link to their site. That tells you what you need to know.................