New from – Property Report!



We’re very proud to announce that we have launched a new product – Property Report!

Available for residential properties in England and Wales, a Property Report contains a wealth of information that is crucial to anyone thinking of moving home – whether renting or buying.

Information in the reports includes:

  • Up-to-date valuation
  • Owner information
  • Extensive information about local schools, primary and secondary
  • Area crime statistics, including a map of recent local crimes
  • Current occupiers
  • Mortgages and other charges affecting the property
  • Maps and pictures
  • Neighbours

Check out Property Reports here!

Check your date with!

If you’re one of the many people now looking for love online, you’ll already know that online dating has its pitfalls – sometimes the picture doesn’t quite match the person, or the person who claimed to like foreign films turned out to mean anything with Arnie in it. Of course, you have to chalk those up to experience and try again.


However, there is unfortunately a slightly darker side to some of the deception that goes on under the cover of some online dating sites – people who are using them to find targets for financial and other frauds. We’ve all seen the stories in the press of people who were somehow persuaded into parting with their life savings after coming into contact with confidence tricksters.

You can – and should – take measures to protect yourself if you are in this sort of situation.

Take a look at our new “Check Your Date” page, which gives some helpful hints. It also has a search form, and if you are getting into something serious, or you are at all worried about someone you’re seeing, you can order a background report about them.

2015 edited Electoral Roll is live!

The first major tranche of the 2015 edited Electoral Roll has been published and is now live and ready for searching on!

More than 15 million new name and address records have been added to the site, so if you have been searching for someone in the past, it’s a great time to search again.

Search the 2015 edited Electoral Roll!

It is also a great resource for ensuring that your contact information for friends and colleagues is up-to-date. Click the link above to search our updated people databases.


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We do occasionally publish temporary discount codes on special occasions – see below!

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Note – there is a special Black Friday code available now! For 30% off all credits purchases, enter the promotional code BFBL4121 in the appropriate box when selecting your credit package. Offer closes on 30 November 2014 and can’t be combined with any other offer.

200 cybercrime gangs in London alone

An interesting piece in the Evening Standard reports the Metropolitan Police as saying that there are more than 200 organised gangs in London conducting some kind of online or ‘cyber’ fraud.

Police warn that these sophisticated operators often use social engineering – a combination of manipulative tricks and psychological techniques – over lengthy periods to gain the trust of victims.

There are new centres being set up to combat such crimes but individual vigilance is also needed. If you meet someone online, especially if you are going to engage in any kind of transaction with them, please take the time and care to verify their identity independently.

Check out our Background Reports and our identity check service for more. And be careful…


Open Electoral Roll data update

The latest updates to the 2014 open Electoral Roll are now live on There have been around 300,000 new and updated name and address records published to the site now since the last quarter.

If you’ve been looking for someone before and not found them, it might be worth another go now. Give our people search a try!

The updates include people that register with local councils through the year, which they might do if they move home, arrive in the area, change their names or otherwise need to update their electoral roll details. 


Dating scams back in the news

Online dating has opened up a world of possibilities for meeting new people, but it comes with its own new dangers; in particular that you have to be very careful about the identity and intentions of the people that you meet.

It could be a systematic scam taking hundreds of thousands, as with this story from the Mirror, with 19 British victims reported, or it could be a few hundred pounds as in this cautionary tale from the Banbury Guardian – again the victim was found via a dating site.

There are lots of ordinary nice people out there too, but if you are putting your trust in someone that you’ve only met online then you could be asking for trouble. Take the time to protect yourself and check them out first – it’s easy to do on

Cost of UK online fraud ‘£670m’

UK losses from online fraud have hit £670m a year, according to this piece in the Guardian today.

Fewer than one-third of victims have reported their losses, according to the survey on which the piece is based, but more than half of those surveyed said that they had suffered from some form of cybercrime in the past.

Don’t be a victim – if you are dealing with someone new that you have only encountered online, you need to check their identity carefully before proceeding – use an online identity check from or for the full picture, get a full Background Report.

Crime is down – if you exclude online crime!

Official crime stats apparently exclude a range of online offences – and if they were included, the crime rate would actually be going up! That’s according to a piece in the FT, which says that crime rates would be 40% higher if these were included.

That just gives you an idea of the scale of online crime and the extent to which crime has migrated online.

When you’re dealing online, make sure that you know who you’re dealing with!

Advice on avoiding fraud online

“Put the person’s name into the internet” is one of the useful pieces of advice that you’ll find in this handy piece on avoiding online fraud on ThisIsMoney.

It’s well worth a read – and if you’re dealing with someone who’s in the UK, save yourself a bit of time by searching for them directly on people search.

Alternatively if you already have an address for someone, you could either get a full Background Report on them or, if you just want to verify their identity, you could try VouchID.

However you’re checking on people, make sure that you don’t get caught out by the fraudsters.