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When we search for people we use live gateways and search engines that only a licensed private investigator or law enforcement officer would have access to.  But if you want to conduct some sleuthing of your own here are some of our favorite free search engines

You might recognize ZoomInfo as a Job-centric search engine designed to match people with jobs, however it is an efficient people search tool too. You can find people's employment history and current job title, whether or not they're looking for a job. You can search by name and filter by region. (U.S. and Canada only.)
Wink is a strong social media search engine, seeking accounts in Friendster, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, or Xanga simultaneously. Saving you time and carpel tunnel syndrome. Enter targets full name or screen name, and one additional identifying factor like interests and location to do a one-hit comprehensive search of all those services at once.
Formerly is a vertical search engine or entity search engine on people, perfect for finding home addresses and phone numbers both listed and unlisted.
Pipl uncovers an impressive amount uncovers information about a person by searching the "deep web"  Pipl produces links to all of your profiles on social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn, blog mentions, and photos on Flickr. It finds mentions of your name in public records, including property records, SEC filings, and birth databases. It also finds e-mail addresses and summarizes “quick facts” about the person.

How to Read a Green Card

How to read a "Green Card"


Before we started this business I didn't realize the importance of a Permanent Residence Card sometimes referred to as a Green Card. It is remarkable the amount of information contained within a Permanent Residence Card. Every code is significant and no space is wasted.

There are several situations you may need to be able to read and understand a permanent residence card. If you are considering hiring an employee with a Permanent Residence Card it is your responsibility to verify it is valid and based on when the card was issued it may look very different. 

I have attached my favorite guide to decoding Permanent Resident Cards.

Validate the card.

Decode the card.

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