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Conducting An Online Investigation Using Net Detective

Aug 17, 2007
Searching for a lost love or a missing person? Investigating a cheating spouse or checking someone's background? Or are you simply attempting to find an address or phone number? If this is what you are trying to do, then the next few paragraphs will help you succeed. In this article, I will describe how to use one of the longest standing internet detective sites: Net Detective.

Believe it or not, before doing any online investigation, the first step is actually done OFFline! Gather as much information as you can about the person your looking for. This will make your session with Net Detective much more productive. For example, if it is an old girlfriend your looking for, then try to find:

1) Old phone numbers or current phone number
2) Old Address or current address
3) Full name including middle initial
4) Maiden and/or married name
5) Current or previous neighbor's names and/or addresses
6) Social Security Number

Basically, any identifying information that you can find. Look at old envelopes, letters, yearbooks, bills, etc...

Now it is time to log in to Net Detective. If you aren't already familiar with Net Detective, it is an online investigation site (or internet detective site). The nice thing about Net Detective is that they've been around since 1996 so they are reliable and thorough.

Once you've logged in to Net Detective, you will see a space for first name, last name, and state. Try typing in the information that you have. Hopefully, you'll get your answer on the first try. Unfortunately, in this day and age, many people have to be very careful with their personally identifiable information. So their information may not be in Net Detective's database, or it might be harder to find. One trick is to enter the first initial instead of the whole first name. Instead of typing "Jack Smith," type "J Smith." Often, if you didn't find anything with the entire first name, you will find it with the first initial.

If all you have is an old phone number then Net Detective can still help. Click on the tab entitled "Search By Phone #." Then enter the phone number. It's that simple! Hopefully, the name you are looking for will pop up, and then you can click on it to cross reference more in-depth information.

If you do find the person that you are looking for, but you want more in-depth information like,

1) E-mail Addresses
2) Employment Info
3) Income Info
4) Other Persons in Household
5) Date of Birth
6) Marital Status
7) As well as much more information

then you can upgrade to Net Detective Plus, for law enforcement grade resource tools.

That's it. Hopefully by using these tips with Net Detective, you will be able to find the person that you've been looking for. Good Luck!
About the Author
Scott Fromherz operates multiple internet sites. To find out more about Net Detective and other internet detective sites, go to http://www.DetectiveDetective.com
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