It is worth asking how well your son or daughter really knows the person they are dating… before they walk down the aisle.
November and December are the two most popular months for people to become engaged. Christmas Eve is the most popular day, followed by Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Millions of people will get engaged during the next few months, with almost three million people changing their status on Facebook to engaged.
From my chair as President of Martin Investigative Services in Newport Beach, California, it means dozens of requests for background investigations and reports on their sons and daughter’s future mates. Parents represent the vast majority of these requests. However, it is very wise for those contemplating popping the question or accepting the proposal, to also a background investigation on the person that they anticipate being with for the next 50+ years.
For background checks, we have our own in-house computer system called US UNITE, which I started in 1981. The beginnings of that system were quite humble – with one floppy-disc of criminal index information. Today the system is one of the largest databases of public information. The background information on the Internet is comparable to a swimming pool full of information. Our system represents an ocean of data. We access the system to perform background investigations, asset searches, and to locate friends and family.
In the news last month, 21-year-old Lauren McClusky put an end to her relationship with 37-year-old Melvin Rowland after she determined Rowland was lying about his name, age and criminal history. Rowland was even a registered sex offender. Rowland murdered Lauren and then took his own life.
Every so often a client will walk into my office and tell me they feel they are betraying their future mate by having me perform a background check. Similarly, parents often express a sense of mistrust toward their children and the process. This is all about being well-informed and providing a little insurance to the process.
We are a very transparent firm, listing all our services in emails to clients wherein we state what we will do, how long it will take and what it will cost.
To the point of this article, would you pay $950 to receive reports within 24 hours on a subject? All information sent to you is supervised, completed and reviewed by former agents of the FBI, DEA, IRS or Secret Service. All data is from our own system, so the subject will never know his/her profile has been accessed.
Here is a partial list of some of the indexes we access:
- Confirmation of the date of birth, social security number and name
- A list of fraudulent dates of birth, social security numbers and names
- Twenty year address history
- List of relatives
- Landline and cell numbers
- Email addresses
- Brief snapshot of their social media platform and sites visited
- All Statewide Real Property
- The U.S. Consumer Public Filing List which includes bankruptcies, notice of defaults, judgments, tax liens and problems with the IRS. Financially, once you walk down the aisle, all of these negative factors become yours.
- Corporate and Limited Partnership Information.
- Uniform Commercial Code Index for debtor and secured party information
- Civil and Criminal records that are available throughout the U.S.
- Fictitious Business Name Index
- Professional Licensing