Four Free Tips to Check Out a Potential Date's Background

Sometimes when we meet someone new who's attractive, interesting, and fun, it's easy to be blinded by the thrill of it all. But before you take it to the next step and go out on that first date, it's wise to take off those blinds and check a few facts about this wonderful stranger. Below are 4 tips for checking someone's background that cost you nothing but can give you peace of mind:

  • Google has some easy, comprehensive searches on the Internet. For example, to look up someone's name within the text of Internet pages, type intext "name" where name is the person's name (for example, intext "Sam Smith" ). You can narrow this down by adding other terms in parentheses, for example intext "Sam Smith" + "Alaska" will list all occurrences of Sam Smith and Alaska. Taking this a step further, you can look up additional information, such as arrest records (for example intext "Sam Smith" + "Alaska" + "arrest records" ).
  • Another easy Google search: Run a reverse on his / her phone number. Simply type the area code and number in the format 123-456-7890 (where 123 is the area code and 456-7890 is the number), and see where else that number appears on the Internet.
  • He / she does not have a street address, only a PO Box? Actually, it's wise not to immediately share personal information, such as your street address, with someone you've just met. However, if you want to double-check that this PO Box is located in the same area this person claims to live / work in, you can quickly check its location for free at
  • Various sites offer free national sex offender lookups. One of the better ones is sexoffendercom, that provides links to each state's sex offender registry website. Click on the state link and follow the instructions for your search.
  • For more comprehensive background checks, as the old saying goes, you pay for what you get. Online databases often provide outdated, misleading information, plus there's no personal contact or explanation of the results.