What Should You Expect from a Good Australian People Finder?

by John Dobson - Date: 2007-06-18 - Word Count: 770 Share This!

Are you in the process of searching for a lost loved one, relative or friend? If you know for certain or strongly suspect the missing person is somewhere in Australia, an Australian people finder can be the ideal place to start your search.

If you are searching for someone in another country and the lost person is not in hiding, almost any people finder might prove valuable. Personal information can be relatively easily found for free in many places world-wide. As a result people finders in other geographic locations are relatively inexpensive. What makes Australia so different?

Privacy Law Restrictions

Australian people finders have the cards stacked against them comparatively speaking. Australia's privacy laws are strict on national, territorial and state levels and they are getting even stricter. Public access to others' personal information isn't an option for the average citizen.

Legislation has made researching addresses and telephone numbers via databases a costly and complex process. Without free access to the types of public records available in other nations, an Australian people finder is forced to invest more time, effort and expense into every search.

A good Australian people finder knows the laws and is skilled at navigating a variety of search methods thoroughly and cost-effectively. Strict privacy laws are not an obstacle to an expert Australian people finder although they often limit the success of a novice or inexperienced searcher.

If you are serious about locating someone in Australia, you may have to pay more for a legitimate search. But the results a good Australian people finder will yield should make the extra cost worthwhile.

What Can I Expect from a Good Australian People Finder?

There are several things you can expect from a good Australian people finder. Consider the following five general guidelines when evaluating your options:

1. Customized search services should be available based on your budget, your needs and what information you have that is relevant to the search. You should be presented with options and offered guidance on selecting the search service that will meet your needs.

A good Australian people finder will be happy to share information about the exact steps that will be taken in each level of the search. If details are scant or a standard methodology isn't described, you have no guarantee what search practices will be performed. If search methods seem too formulated and you require or prefer a more customized approach, look for more personalized service elsewhere.

2. Reasonable rates. Comparison shop Australian people finders to be sure you are not over-paying. Good Australian people finder searches cost somewhere around $200. There may be cheaper services available, but they may not yield the kind of results you are looking for - those you can actually use! Likewise, securing the full resources of an expert Australian people finder may cost considerably more.

Ask exactly what you will get for the price you will pay. Most importantly, ask what you might reasonably be able to do with the information you will receive. Ask about the limitations of the search service you are considering and what the specific advantages of premium search services are.

3. Written quote, warranty, and upfront terms and conditions. You should be provided with a written quote detailing exactly what services will be performed and what you will pay for them. Terms and conditions that apply to the search should also be spelled out clearly in writing.

Do not accept generalizations or estimates unless you hire an Australian people finder on retainer. If you hire on retainer, be sure it is stipulated in writing that you will receive an itemization of services for each fee you are assessed.

Some sort of warranty should be included in the written quote. A quality Australian people finder should and will expect to be paid at least something for genuine search efforts regardless of what they find. The warranty may not focus on a guaranteed location of the missing person. Instead it might refer to verifiable completion of search efforts.

4. Legal search methods that work with governmental agencies rather than against them. An Australian people finder that even hints at engaging in illegal search methods cannot be trusted with your search or your cash.

5. Open, Honest and Professional Communication. If you find any representative of an Australian people finder service to be abrupt, evasive or rude in your initial contact, reject the service as a possible candidate for your business. If polite and prompt telephone service is not a priority, your search isn't likely to be either.

Article by John Dobson of OZpeopletrace. OZpeopletrace is a professional people finder service specializing in locating individuals in Australia. To learn more about OZpeopletrace visit www.OZpeopletrace.com.au.

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