I would not base my opinion on doing business with a website based
upon Google Page Rank. The algorhythm used for determing Page Rank is
based, from what I understand, upon several factors including number
pages that have links to a certain website, content, etc. A new site
will have a low page rank as well as certain specialized sites. Now,
with that being said, let's take a look at publicpeoplefinder.com and
see what we can find out.
There are a couple of things to look for before doing business with a
website that you are not familiar with. The first thing I do is check
contact informtion on the site. On publicpeoplefinder.com, they have
both a mailing and physical address listed as well as several
different phone numbers. When I ran the phone number through Google,
it came up with a company called Magnums Investigations in the same
city as the address listed on the website. That being said, it also
came up on several other websites as the contact number:
and others. This isn't that uncommon a practice as businesses want to
have as strong a presence on the web as possible and each of these
sites offers roughly the same services.
Being that they are listed as detectives in West Virginia, I checked
the licensing requirements for PI's in that state. Their requirements
are fairly standard and you can learn the status of Magnums
Investigations with the state by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 304-558-6000.
Using a whois search, I found that publicpeoplefinder.com was
registered in January of this year, which may help explain why the
Page Rank is low as it has not been active for that long. I also
checked nationwidesearch.com as that appears to be the main site for
Magnums Investigations. That site was registered in 1998 and has the
same contact information as all the other sites.
Next, a good stop is the Better Business Bureau. I have to admit that
up to this point, I would have said that all signs are pointing
towards you being able to trust in this company for your
business...until now. In searching the BBB online, it seems that
Magnums has an unsatisfactory record with the BBB due to
non-responsiveness to complaints. There have been 5 complaints in the
last 12 months, 7 in the last 36 months. You can see the results
I want to point out that I am not recommending one way or the other
whether or not you should do business with this company. I simply
want to show you the resources available to you to learn about a
company before dealing with them. The BBB report concerns me a bit,
but they may have a reasonable explanation for the complaints. I
would definitely check with the WV PI licensing commission and see if
they have any additional information regarding Magnums prior to
working with them.
I wish you luck in the search for your father.