Q: I've noticed some incorrect information shows up about me when I run a search for my name on a background check site. Is there anything I can do to correct these sites so the right information shows up?
A: Well, yes and no. People search and background check sites like Intelius and IntegraScan get their information from public records, and what they display must reflect the underlying public records. The best way to deal with an inaccuracy is to contact the agency that hold the relevant public record. If, for example, there's an error in your credit report, get in touch with the credit reporting agencies to request that they correct your report. If you discover incorrect information about your criminal record, get in touch with the Department of Justice in the state the record is from to request a correction.
Sometimes, this kind of error is the result of identity theft. If you have been a victim of identity theft, there are a number of avenues open to you to correct your information. If you belong to a credit monitoring or identity theft protection service, get in touch with your provider, and they will help you deal with the problem. If you do not belong to one of these services, check the FTC's site for more instructions on what to do.
Sometimes, people search sites will suppress your information (remove you from the registry) if there is a compelling personal safety, security, or privacy reason. They often do this for law enforcement, certain government officials or employees, and individuals with court protection orders. You generally have to opt out of each service individually, and you can find more information about this process (if possible) on each site.
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