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.
How Does it Work?
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As with any people search databases available on the web comes inaccuracies, misspellings, and out of date information.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.
Instant CheckMate has many red flags and should be approached with caution.
If you have any experience with the Instant Checkmate or their services, please leave your reviews below.
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InstantCheckMate.com Customer Reviews
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This service is a scam
This was the biggest waste of my time and money I can remember. I'm starting my social security and needed some information on previous marriages. I've been married 5 times (unfortunately) and needed marriage dates for each. Their software found no marriages listed for me. The addresses for me were in states in which I've never lived and it listed relatives I don't have. I called and emailed them with no reply. This service is a scam.
It works fantastic if it's a service you want and know what you're getting.
I read through all of the negative reviews here and I'm left thinking that people have unreasonable expectations. One review said... "I signed up for what I thought was one month to check what they show on me. Then they automatically charge me the next month when I wasn't using it. "
did this guy not read the terms before he put his cc number on it?? Kinda your fault dude.
Other complaints about endless progress bars, so what?? it's a little unnecessary but what does it really hurt??
And for people that say it's gives false info... Read their TOS read the disclaimers. It doesn't look like deceptive practice on their part as much on lack of thinking, researching and using your brain to sift through the info on yours.
If you KNOW (because they tell you very clearly) that some info may be incorrect but you have more than one piece of information you can pretty much put the pieces together and decipher the truth for yourself.
I have used the service now for 6 months or more and have been 4 out of 5 stars satisfied with the reports. I know they aren't going to know everything and I know that some info will get mixed in with other info and therefore some will be erroneous but all in all I find most of what I'm looking for most of the time.
Scammer with many names
I was told of a new "Free" website that I could use to get names and address's from of old family friends. The site was called Peekyou.com. It started to smell like a scam but was not sure. So I decided to look up my info and it was able to show my fathers name (though, when I searched for him, it could not find his name), and my twin brothers name but not my other siblings. I decided to click continue and somehow, it linked to InstantCheckmate.com. All kinds of red-flag warnings popped up so I clicked on another option and up popped Thruthfinder.com with almost the same graphics and pointless progress bar.
Sites to stay away from as I'm sure the same person owns them:
No idea who these people are!!
Ripofffffff - Bait and switch
They sell your email, of course
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.
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!!
Not worth your time
too good to be true
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:
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.
They Love your email address
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.
No big surprise
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.
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 jerks.
scam and bait and switch. it states a price of $13 and change, then it nickels and dimes you for another $3.99, and then you get a bill for $34. and change. dishonest; and DoNotPay, which recommends the services is probably owned by InstantCheckMate.com, because it said it wasn't a scam. I'm beginning to think that 80-90% of the internet is b.s. run by scam artists.