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As with any people search databases available on the web comes inaccuracies, misspellings, and out of date information.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.
64 ‘InstantCheckMate.com’ Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
I used a masked email when I signed up for ONE report. A masked email is an email like [email protected] that points to your real email like [email protected] 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.
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.
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!!