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(What To Look for)
The sources below can help you identify scam operations from legitimate businesses. But even legitimate firms are not always trustworthy. Indeed, some legitimate companies have terrible track records.
Before doing business with a firm, find out if others have been treated unfairly or have filed complaints against it. Note that big firms are apt to receive more complaints than small firms, especially if they've been in business a long time or deal with a huge volume of customers.
If a company has received several complaints, look into their nature as well as their number. Then ask whether such is unusual given the organization's size and years in the business.
small businesses, be sure to do a background check on the business owner.
A new business could be crooked but not yet have
complaints against it.
Be on the lookout for disreputable owners and agents. Red flags include people who have prison records, bad business dealings and lots of lawsuits. Also be careful of those with expired professional certifications or those who've been disbarred or disciplined by their licensing boards. For More see Red Flags
owns the website or business and then do a background search in Google
and in Court/Prison records. For
common names, enter the name in quotes and narrow your Google hits by adding
the state where they live. To further refine your search, add the words
FRAUD or Complaint or SUIT. See
PO Box Lookup-Finding A Business Or Person Through Their Post Office Box
Check their website for trademark
symbols (™ sm ®©) and see who owns them. Scamsters don't register their
intellectual property. So be careful of firms that use these symbols but
have not registered them.|
Resources On How To Profile Businesses
Is the person a professional
with a license or certification? See if they've been disciplined for bad
conduct or have an expired license. You may find they don't even have a
license!!!!! Does the business offer goods or services that must be licensed
through the state licensing boards? To find out, make a list of their main
products and services as well as the state(s) where they do business. (Their
locations can be found via Google, the BBB or their own website) Then
check the the appropriate
licensing boards for complaints lodged against their business or their
key employees. All states are different. You will have to scroll down the
list of boards just to see if your area is even regulated. For example, in
the case of lawyers or law firms, complaints can be found at every State
Bar. But in the case of home repair contractors or hearing aid
dealers, such may be regulated in one state but not in another.|
Look up their name in the Internet
White Pages or do a
reverse lookup on their
residential address. Then give the person a call. You're less likely to
be cheated when it's obvious you know their whereabouts.|
Find out what is said about the person in the local
newspapers. Many newspapers have search boxes where you can search
stories and see if the person is mentioned in them. Recommend you search
by last name only. If you get too many hits, add their first name also.|
|Check The Other Ways To Background People.|
Find Where The Company is Headquartered or Incorporated
Each step is progressive with the easiest and most efficient steps first.
To Find Where The Company is Headquartered or Incorporated,
1. The Product Box, Disc, or Manual for companies and their subsidiaries (may be several companies).
2. The Company Website (good for subsidiaries and may show which one sells what product)
Suing Publicly Trades Companies (US Only)
To find state of incorporation, principal place of business and the names and addresses and salaries of public officers, enter the company name in their search box up top.
8. Find out who owns trademark (TM, ®) or Patent and search the Secretary of State for that company.
9. Google search Defendant’s name with the term 10K or "annual report". Click on
“advance search” and limit to within a year, for the most recent data.
(Various docs may list where company headquartered or incorporated).
Individuals or organizations that have received an unusual
number of complaints against them. (Contact your
local BBB and
the BBB where the company is located).
Small companies that have been sued often for breach of contract,
misrepresentation or fraud. (Call the state and superior
courts in the surrounding counties).
d. Firms ending in "Co.", Inc. or "Corp." that haven't registered or qualified with the Secretary Of State and Business Licensing/Tax Division.
e. Firms that are unlicensed or seriously late in paying incorporation fees, business license dues or other fees required by law. (Ask this information from each of the agencies above).
f. Firm Owners with a bad reputation. Look for lawsuits, prison records, and complaints against them by their licensing boards.
h. The only # You're Given Turns Out To Be A Cell Phone.
i. Any other claim that is shown to be false or unsubstantiated.
Don't use this guide until you first read How To find People Through The Internet Step By Step.
A common name such as John Smith, can get you thousands of multiple listings. Obviously going through every one of them would take an eternity. But don't despair. Your "John Smith" can still be found. All you have to do, is cross reference things unique about him to narrow your leads. Once you know your subject's age, middle name or living patterns, it's easy to find your mark.
For example: California may have ten thousand John Smith's. But how many were Harvard grads from 1977, have a wife named Mora and now live in West Hampton? Not too many I bet. And of these John Smiths, how many are 47 years old and have lived in Sacramento, Boston and Austin? Even fewer no doubt.
Yes. With cross referencing, you can find the people who match your subject's age, middle name, travel patterns, profession, education, etc. And from there the search can be narrowed to the one person who fits the bill. Here's How:
First, find out all you can
about them through special search engines, obituaries,
bios (if famous) newspaper stories, etc.
Then write it all down. Include their name, age, city or state they once lived in, last known address, hobbies, interests, profession, name of relatives or spouse(s), colleges, etc. For An Overview, See Using A Bio To Background Someone.
Search for the subject's first
and last Name on Google or ussearch.com. Write down any new information you
learn and don't forget to look them up by their possible
F" to search for names within the nickname website.)
Note: if you find your mark, stop here and do a typical background search. Still not sure you have the right subject? Then see the next step below.
Narrow your findings to those
people about the same age as your subject (as indicated by their bio,
college graduation date, newspaper summaries, ussearch, obituaries or other sources).
Narrow findings to those who live or once lived near
any place mentioned in step 1. This information can be quickly obtained from
age websites that list the subject's city,
state or Zip Code. Ussearch and Intelius are great for confirming ages and
list the city and state where the subject lived. (To get city and state through
reverse Zip Code lookup, click
Narrow findings even further
to those who work or
once worked near any place listed in step 1. (i.e. same state and/or nearby
city). Note: People tend to work close to where they live. Simply narrow
your search to those subjects who lived near where your target works or has
previously worked. For An Overview, See Using A Bio To
Narrow findings to those who
have spouses with the same name and living patterns as your subject's. This can
two step process. First, repeat all prior steps but now use the name of their
spouse. Second, if your search turns up multiple listings, simply cross reference the
places where these two people lived together. For example, The "Mora J Smith"
found in Sacramento, Boston and Austin is likely the wife of the "John P Smith" who
lived in Sacramento, Boston and Austin.
See Cross Referencing Spouses To Get A Hit
Search for one of
their-easier-to-find friends or relatives who can tell you more about your
subject, i.e. phone #, last address, etc.
Once you are almost certain of
your target, do a Google search.
Put the name in quotes (try with and without middle name). Get too many
Refine Your Search.
A Google search may tell you even more about your target or confirm you've got a
Pipl or other social agregators, by email address,
username, phone # or an address they once had. The goal here is to pull up
the exact person connected with this information, and not just a list of
people with the same name. Doing it in reverse like this can get you the
exact John Smith that once had that phone number along with any new contact
information. With Pipl you can also click on their relatives and background
them as well. You may even want to do a Pipl name search starting with a
relative (if they don't have a common name) and then click on your subject
when they appear as a relative.
Bio Of Francis Comerforl (CEO Found on A Media Network Website)
Formerly the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the PBC Television Stations Division, Frank Comerforl was named President and General Manager of WPBC, effective July 12, 2002.
Comerforl has led the station group to record sales -- a major achievement in the recent challenging ad market.
Comerforl, a 23-year TV veteran, has been overseeing sales and marketing for PBC's owned-and-operated stations since 1999. Previously, he had served as head of sales for WPBC since 1994. Under his leadership, PNBC broke numerous sales records and surpassed the competition as the top billing television station in the New York marketplace. Under his watch, WPBC supported numerous community based campaigns, launching "Wednesday's Child," one of the most successful programs in the nation to help place foster children in permanent homes.
Comerforl joined PBC from Storer Broadcasting Company, where he held a variety of sales management positions, culminating as General Sales Manager at WSBK-TV in Boston.
Honored as "Volunteer of the Year" by the Friends of RSVP, Inc. (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of the Community Service Society), Comerforl has been proud of his work as a GE/PBC Elfun Society volunteer at the Manhattan School of Science and Math.
Comerforl graduated Georgetown University in 1977, and holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and Finance.
A native New Yorker, Comerforl and his wife Maura currently maintain residence in both Brooklyn and Long Island.
I then put his full name in Google. From this I learned that Francis X. went to high school in Hackensack, NJ and Graduated in 1973. Unfortunately, I couldn't find him in the The Georgetown University Alumni website. Although he went to school there, I didn't. And only GU alumni have access to the website.
Google also turned up a genealogy discussion forum where the subject actually lists his close relatives! See below.
Relatives of Francis X Comerforl
I grew up and live in NYC. We trace our family back through Pa. & NYC
My Father was Edward Francis COMERFORL Jr.
Grandfather was Edward Francis COMERFORL
Great Grandfather was Nicholas COMERFORL
I am not sure about his father's first name.
I think he was born in NYC or emigrated to NYC and died in Pa.
Any info you may have would be appreciated.
See Using A Bio To Background Someone