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Score 9.5 describes itself as offering quick searches of “social media, photos, police records, background checks, civil judgments, contact information and much more,” but does the site live up to its own hype? The good news is that the answer is mostly yes.


When you first arrive at you’re greeted with a very sleek and straightforward design. It prompts you straight away to enter the name, city, and state of the person that you’re trying to find whether you’re searching your own name or somebody else.

There’s a relatively impressive range of records that this company can trawl for information, criminal records, charitable contributions, the U.S. registered sex offender database, and more. The site says that its data can be used for a broad range of reasons, including checking online dates before you meet them or even reconnecting with lost friends and family.

Signing up for this site gives you unlimited background reports, which can be great if you need to do some research on more than one person. The site promises that you can browse a big range of public records to look up coworkers, family members, friends, and celebrities.

One perk that this site also offers is the fact that it has an app version available for Android and iPhone. That can be hugely beneficial if you’d rather do your records searches on your phone instead of a desktop or laptop computer, allowing you to do searches literally anywhere.

One issue that some users might have is that customer support is limited to a toll-free number that is only seven days a week but limited to the hours of 5am to 10pm PST, or 8am to 10am EST. The only other alternative is email support. Unlike some other records options there is no live support chat, which can be a drawback if you are more of a novice at using such sites.

Pros and Cons


  • Very simple interface making searches easy to conduct
  • A+ BBB rated
  • Very detailed and accurate reports
  • Up-to-date background check service. Worth every penny if you're looking for an accurate background check.


  • The lack of social media details means you’re missing out on potentially important records
  • Minimal customer support, with no live chat support


This is a nice-looking website that offers a generally decent amount of records to search, and also helps you avoid the fees that some other records search providers charge.

But the lack of strong customer support could be a real issues for people who aren’t that familiar with using the internet. And the fact that doesn’t include social media such as Facebook and Twitter in its searches means you’re missing out on some valuable information that you would be able to get by using one of its rivals.

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