#2 Free Private Investigator Background Searching Tools

Where to find free background searching tools without paying for it

There are many reasons people want to find information on a individual. And many people would like to use free background searching tools first before having to pay for any information.

It may be because you just started dating someone new or maybe you want to learn more about an individual.  Many times we call upon a private investigator to use special resources that are unavailable to the everyday public. But when we don’t have the money for a private investigator where can you look for information?

I have compiled some resources that I use on a daily basis when searching for information. This information is free for anyone.

When searching these sites you must remember that not all information is up to date and may be old however it is a good place to start your research.


Have you ever received a phone call and you didn’t recognize the number? Just jump on to one of the websites below and it may help you figure out who is calling you.  Many of the sites allow you to search names, phone numbers,  addresses and business information.

Free Background Searching Tools

When searching for an individual through a directory assistance service I begin my search through the following sites:


You can search names, reverse search phone numbers,  reverse search addresses and business information.  I use Whitepages.com frequently but it is not a website I can depend on entirely.  I believe many times the data and information is out of date but even old information can be helpful.

I have written about Whitepages.com recently regarding some of the other ways I use it and how it can be helpful for you.


You can search names, reverse search phone numbers,  reverse search addresses and business information.  The information on here is hit and miss.  Let me know you experience with it.  Search yourself and see if you can find your information.


411.com isn’t my first choice when searching for information but just another option.  You can always compare the results from this website with other websites.  This site searches people, phone number, addresses and business information.


I believe this website is associated with Intelius which is a site that requires you to pay for information.  With that being said I think it provides more accurate information when it comes to locating people.  Let me know how you like this one and how accurate you found it to be.


If you are not having any luck with those sites you can always search and address or phone number in Google.  Many times the phone number or address is associated with an individual or the address has been on the market.


Social media has grown so rapidly that you can most likely find the person you are looking for through the following social media websites:


Facebook by far has been a one of the biggest assets in the private investigation industry over the past 10 years or so.  It has made investigating easy in many regards even for the most unseasoned investigator.  

Facebook is good for locating individuals, finding out what someone looks like, determining what they have been doing or where they have been.  

If you search a name on Facebook and do not get the results you are looking for try searching for an associate of the that person (friend, sister, mother, etc..).  Once you find the associate, search their friends to see if you can locate the person you are looking for.  I have found many individuals by piecing information together about known associates.


This social media site is hit and miss when it comes to finding someone or information about someone.  Not everyone is participating on Twitter like they do on Facebook or other social media sites.

Search the name you are looking for and look through the profiles to find the person you are looking for.


Linkedin is another excellent website to help find the individual you are looking for an more information about that person.  If you find the individuals profile it could allow you to learn more about their education, associates and work experience (assuming it is all legitimate).  

PRO TIP: Some profiles ask for you to be signed in when seeing information.  This is because it will alert the individual being search when someone has viewed their profile and will provide the name of that person. If you don’t want the person to know you are searching for information about them you may want to use a different account than the one you have.


Myspace is no longer a forum that is used as much as Facebook but it is always worth a look.  After searching for a name you can always narrow down your results by age, city, and gender.  Even if people don’t use their account anymore there is still old information present that may be useful.  

I personally haven’t had to use Myspace as a resource in a very long time but you never know if there is some old information about someone still on the site which can be useful.

These people searching techniques and free background searching tools are to be used in a responsible manner.  I hope this article and website helps you in your investigation.  

To see more free background searching tools check out this other article!

Feel free to add more tips in the comments section of this blog article.



  1. Fantastic help. A+. Would recommend.

  2. Don’t write off MySpace yet! One of my favorite things about MySpace is that it is not currently popular. In my experience, a large percentage of people who no longer *use* MySpace, have simply abandoned their accounts. The accounts are still online, with all of the photos and comments, patiently waiting for an audience. Make sure to write down, not just bookmark, pages of interest and the date accessed. Even if someone gets smart and edits the information later, MIT’s way back search engine can sometimes work magic!

    • You are soo right. I use Myspace as a last resort when I need to find a picture of someone. It’s not typically the first source I turn to however. Great input!

  3. Hi, thanks for the info. It was useful. Do you know a good tool for email search when you don’t have the name? (free of course)

  4. Hi
    Can you please suggest any good website in UK for research?
    You have done a lot of great stuff in your research and very useful but I need UK information.
    Many thanks

    • There are only a handful of resources used in the United States that are not available to everyone. What types of website/information are you looking to find?
      Thanks George