Banks & Credit Unions
Cars & Motor Vehicles
Children & Parents
Credit & Debt
Crime Victims Domestic Violence
Criminal Justice&Police Misconduct
Divorce & Marriage
& Gov. Assistance
Health & Medical
Mail & Postal
Money & Investments
Phone & Utilities
Refunds, Repairs & Replacements
Scams & Cons
Wills, Probate & Estates
Background Checks On A Business Or Business Owner
Background the business and the decision makers behind it (i.e. its officers, agents or owner).
Locate Company Headquarters
& Place of Incorporation (Consumer-SOS)
Good if you want to sue them, write the company a letter or just learn more about their officers and agents.
Non Profit Look Up With Just
An Org Name or Zip Code-Find The President & Officers, Their Salaries, Addresses
And More (Not All Non Profits Listed)
Learn about a non profit's assets, its mission statement, its president, etc., with just the org's zip code or org name or tax ID! With the The Non Profit 990 Finder, also see the salary and director information that must be disclosed to the IRS. Note: 990s may be missing for small non profits that receive $25,000 or less annually.
Finding Info On Businesses (Hoovers)
Tells you their name, address and phone number, what they do, their financials, and who their competitors are.
Find the business by name, phone number or web address and learn who owns it. To increase the chance of finding the company just enter a part of the company's name.
How To Profile Businesses
Whether it's researching their track record or looking for sanctions, this is the place.
Carriers (Movers & Truckers)
Search the Department of Transportation's SAFER database. Searchable by firm name, DOT Number and Motor Carrier number. Use this database to get the truck's owner, insurance carrier, and crashes in the last two years.
For Hiring Illegal Aliens (US)
Enter in a company name, Find the address, the # & type of immigration violations, the fines it received and the overall number of employees it has.
Find their phone number or address.
Toll-Free # Lookup For
Businesses (See If they Have One)
Can also call 1-800-555-1212.
Better Business Bureaus (Links Throughout The U.S.)
Look up a company by phone number, URL or location to find the name of the owner and the nature of any complaints against it.
Finding US and International Businesses
Information On US & International Companies
Find the company behind the brand name, where they're located, their financial info, their officers, subsidiaries, who they advertise with, what media they use, and more.
Worldwide Business and Residential Telephone Directories
I Sent The Package To The Wrong Address!!!! (Consumer-SOS)
Step by step on what to do.
Corporate Consumer Contacts (List Of Addresses & Links To Their Headquarters)
Must scroll down alphabetical list.
(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 any 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
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).
3. Google or
may also reveal the company headquarters or place of incorporation. For Example:
to search for a lawsuit against the computer
company Nintendo, put in the search box,
v. Nintendo headquarters, then use step #5 to confirm place of incorporation and principal place of business.
4. PACER,Party Name Search (Look for recent law suits-Complaint will list where each company is headquartered and the place of incorporation)
Sign in, enter in a company name, click "Search" and sort by "Date Filed" Column to get the most recent cases. Then click on a recent case, click on
"Docket Report" and then "Run Docket Report."
Scroll down to the various entries and select the one that says COMPLAINT (Usually will be the first or second item). (Note PACER won't bill you if your
total annual charges are less than $10).
5. The Local Secretary of State (by now you’ll know which state or states to search in and can confirm where incorporated and headquartered)
Often agents and officers will be listed along with their titles.
6. 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.