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How to Dig Up Dirt on Your Date

Watch more Dating Survival Guide videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Dig up dirt on your date by following these simple steps on becoming your own private investigator. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find out date's names Find out all you can about your date's name—get any former married names, maiden name, nicknames, and middle names. Step 2: Google names Conduct Google searches on all variations of your date's name—first name with full middle and last name, first name with middle initial and last name, et cetera. Tip Run a search using last name first, first name last, in quotes. Step 3: Google email & phone number Run Google searches of the person's email address and phone number. Step 4: Check Google images Check Google images for pictures of the person. Step 5: Search social networking sites See if your date has a page on MySpace, Facebook, or other social networking sites. Tip Make sure web pages you find refer to your date, not someone with the same name. Step 6: Do background search Do a background search by logging on to, which helps people conduct free investigations. Step 7: Check dating sites Check and other popular dating sites for profiles of the person. Tip If you know a lawyer, journalist, librarian, or other professional with access to LexisNexis, a powerful online database of published and legal documents, ask if they'll do a little digging on your behalf. Step 8: Check sex offender registries Make sure your date is not a sexual predator by logging on to, which provides links to various states' online sex offender registries. Step 9: Go on a date If you don't find anything alarming, appalling, offensive, or illegal, go out on that date—and draw your own conclusions. Did You Know? Nine percent of applicants to the online dating service are rejected when the site's routine background check discovers they are married and/or have a criminal record.
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