How to Find a Person Free of Charge

By Alicia Bodine

  • Overview

    If you are searching for someone, you can always hire a private investigator. The only problem with that method is the cost; private Investigator's can charge more than $50 hour. It can take hours to find the person you are searching for. Thanks to the Internet, you can do your own detective work, and find that person totally free.
    • Step 1

      Use MySpace (see Resources). There is an easy search box on the home page. Type in the person's name for whom you are looking. If you know the area they live, you can use that information to narrow your search. You may have to sift through many names, but it is a great resource to find someone. If you want to contact someone on MySpace, you need to sign up for a free account. You don't need an account to search for the individual, however.
    • Step 2

      Use Facebook (see Resources). Facebook works the same way as MySpace. It has grown in popularity, although it is not as popular as MySpace. You will be able to find a person based on their name. You can then see pictures of the person to confirm whether or not it is the person you are looking for. You can contact them from there using the chat or message feature if you sign up for a free membership.

    • Step 3

      Read the person's license plate number. You may be interested in getting a person's information to ask them on a date, or you may just want to get their info because the person hit your car and then ran. If you know the license plate number you can use (see Resources).
    • Step 4

      Use ZabaSearch (see resources). ZabaSearch gives you birth dates, names, phone numbers and addresses. It is free to use, but if you want extra information such as info found in a background check they will charge you. The free feature is all you should need to find the person you are looking for.
    • Step 5

      Contact the person's family or friends. If you are looking for an old buddy who went away to college, you can call up their family and ask for their address or phone number. This method won't work if the family or friends don't know you personally. If they don't know you, they are not about to give a stranger any personal information.
    • Step 6

      Contact your school's alumni organization. They keep current records of students who have graduated. They can give you the information you need as long as you are also a graduate of that school.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Tip: Put out an ad in a local newspaper in the area you think the person is residing.
    • Warning:
    • If the person you are looking for committed a crime, you should allow the police to handle it and find the person.

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