How to Find People Like the CIA or the Police

Whether you’re searching for someone who you went to college with, hoping to find a relative you knew as a child or you’re trying to find someone that you’ve done business with in the past, finding people isn’t really as hard as it seems – IF you know how to search. The key is to search for people the same way that the police or the CIA would search.

 

If you think that law enforcement folks have specialized tools, think again. They start with a name and a basic location of where the person might be, and they go from there. The CI and various law enforcement agencies use a variety of online tools to aid in their search, and those tools are available to you as well. There isn’t a single way to do the search, but rather multiple ways to find people. Just be sure that the online tools you’re using are accurate and current, or you’ll end up being frustrated and out of luck.

 

The Basics – Put Your Information Together

 

Before clicking on any online tool, sit down with a piece of blank paper and a pencil. You remember those, don’t you? Of course you do! And what you’ll do is put down any and all information you can remember about the person you’re trying to find; including their name, address, phone number, email address and any other pertinent information you might have on or be able to find on that person.

 

As you would imagine, the more information you can gather, the better. Here’s why: if you’re looking for Bob Smith, there are millions of potential people with that same name. The key is to narrow it down using information like where they live, where they went to school, where they might have worked or any other pertinent information you can find. That way you’ll pare down the potential possibilities to a more manageable level.

 

Start with Social Media

 

Most everyone uses some form of social media, whether it’s Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter or some other service. That’s the good news, because without realising it, people leave footprints and data that reveal who they are and make it easier to find them. The police know this, which is why they’re always searching social media.

 

A basic Google search might not find who you’re looking for, but social media can help you find more useful information. The only caveat is that many people lock their profiles and reveal it only to friends, while others may not include photos of themselves. Just be aware that if a person doesn’t really want to be located, it’s easy to hide their identity.

 

Research Top People Search Sites

 

If you’re looking to track down someone from your past or current activities, it makes good sense to head to a people search site whose sole purpose is to find background information about the people you’re searching for. One site that has a huge database of US citizens is Nuwber, and they can help you locate the name, address, phone number and more of a specific individual. More importantly, Nuwber provides up-to-date background information on people that may include police records, social media profiles and additional pertinent information that can aid in your search.

 

You’re able to search the site using a name, address, phone number or email address. No matter the reason behind your search, you can use this site with total confidence either on its own or as an adjunct to other search methods. In addition to its robust database, Nuwber has partner databases that they can make inquiries to if their own database doesn’t turn up any records.

 

Because Nuwber provides social contact information, it can provide you with search data that helps you locate people who think that they’ve eluded being found. It’s the same approach that the CIA and law enforcement use, and they even provide an advanced search to find out additional info.

 

Check Targeted Websites

 

If you’re searching for an old classmate or school roommate, you might want to look on targeted websites like Classmate and Reunion sites. For example, Classmates.com or Alumni.net can help you find people that you haven’t been in contact with for many years. They enable you to search for people by their name, school, graduation year and other filters that help you narrow your search.

 

What makes these sites useful is that they help you limit your search results. If you’re looking for Joe Jones, there might be 10,000 people with that name. But if you’re looking for Joe Jones who went to a specific high school in the 1970’s, that number drops down to a few people. The only issue of course is that you have to know what school the person you’re searching for attended.

 

Check Government Websites

 

If you’re wondering whether or not the person you’ve met online has committed a crime, there are some government websites that will provide the answer. Or maybe you have worries about someone in your area and want to know their criminal history – all you have to do is log on and look it up!

 

The issue is that it depends on where you live as to what’s available to you. That’s because some states have put all of their court records online, while many other states have not done so. State websites aside, there are also county websites that post recent arrests in your area. And there are national sites to check to see if someone is listed on the national sex offender registry.

 

In order to access these sites, you simply need the person’s name to learn their history. Some states will actually list the nature of the crime committed, while other sites offer information that includes the person’s address and even a photo. It just depends on where you happen to live.

 

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