Crime Smasher
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

CAN ANYONE USE THIS SERVICE?

Yes, the data in Crime Smasher comes from unrestricted public records that have been collected from thousands of courts, prisons and other government agencies throughout the country. You do not need to be a private investigator, attorney or law enforcement officer to use this website.

IS MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED?

No -- membership is not required. You can run a search and pay with a credit card as a one-time transaction. The cost is $9.95 for a single state and $12.95 for a nationwide search of all available records.

HOW MUCH DOES MEMBERSHIP COST?

Absolutely nothing! There is no sign up cost, no monthly minimum, no recurring membership fee! Just pay for the searches you run and there are no other costs!

WHAT DOES A REPORT LOOK LIKE?

To see a sample report, click here you'll see O.J. Simpson's record for free.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP?

We store search results run by members for 90 days. Having a membership is also a convenience for multi-time users as it streamlines the payment process.

I'M ALREADY AN APPROVED MEMBER OF SKIP SMASHER. CAN I USE CRIME SMASHER?

Yes! Your Skip Smasher username and password will work at Crime Smasher and any charges will be deducted from your Skip Smasher balance. If for any reason you do not want the two accounts linked, simply create a new account with a new username and password at Crime Smasher using the sign up page.

THE PERSON I WANT TO RUN A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK ON HAS A COMMON NAME AND I DON'T KNOW HIS DATE OF BIRTH OR MIDDLE NAME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

This is a common dilemma that is faced when doing criminal back ground checks. You may need to hire a qualified private investigator to help you. He will have the ability to acquire the person's date of birth so a meaningful criminal background check can be done. Be forewarned -- you'll need to hire the P.I. to address the date of birth issue AND to run the criminal background check. Private investigators don't typically (and shouldn't) take cases where they are only asked to obtain a personal identifier like a date of birth or social security number. This is because of the risk of identity theft.

ARE ADDRESSES INCLUDED IN THESE RESULTS? CAN I USE THIS SERVICE TO "SKIPTRACE?"

Some of the results contain addresses, some do not. There are no restrictions on the use of this data, so it can certainly be used to assist in skiptracing. This is particularly true on cases where the the "skip" is transient and has a history of arrests and criminal charges.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS SERVICE AND HIRING A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR TO DO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK?

There is a big difference -- in both quality and cost. A licensed, experienced private investigator will provide a much more thorough, exhaustive criminal background check than will this service. He may use a service like Crime Smasher as PART of his efforts but in addition, he will be be doing other important things as well -- like verifying the subject's identity, obtaining a date of birth and checking local court records. If money is not an issue, we strongly recommend hiring a qualified private investigator. If money is an issue, we would strongly recommend using Crime Smasher and any free searches you can find on the Internet as opposed to doing nothing.

IF I RUN A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND SEARCH ON SOMEONE AND THERE'S NO RECORD, DOES THAT MEAN THEY ARE SAFE?

Not necessarily -- they could have a criminal record in jurisdictions that are not included in Crime Smasher. Further, criminal background checks are only as good as the information you start with. If you do the background check on a false or wrong name, or the right name and false date of birth, you will also get back a false "no record"!

I FOUND OUT AN EMPLOYEE HAS A CRIMINAL RECORD USING YOUR SERVICE. CAN I FIRE HIM BASED ON THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM CRIME SMASHER?

No! The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that "adverse" hiring decisions be made based upon a check of the originating agencies records, not those of a third party. In other words, if you found a criminal case on Crime Smasher, you would have to contact the criminal justice agency involved that has the record and verify it is correct and is for the subject of your investigation as opposed to someone else with the same name. The FCRA places other requirements on use of criminal background checks for employees -- you should consult your attorney before taking any action.

I WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DOING A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. WHERE SHOULD I GO?

For a full understanding of "private sector" criminal background checks, please see our free "SPECIAL REPORT: Private Sector Criminal Background Checks" by Robert Scott, P.I.

 

   
 

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SPECIAL REPORT:

Special Report

"PRIVATE SECTOR CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS"

By

Robert Scott, P.I.

Click here to go to our free special report on running criminal background checks!