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As with any people search databases available on the web comes inaccuracies, misspellings, and out of date information.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.
40 ‘InstantCheckMate.com’ Reviews
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.