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About Spokeo

Spokeo is a people search engine. The website uses public data, such as white page listings, public records and social networks, to create profiles for people. Profiles can include contact information, location history, wealth data, social media, family and other personal data. When looking for someone, you can find them by name, phone number, email address and even social media usernames. While basic searches are free, you need a subscription for in-depth information.

Pros & Cons


  • Easy-to-use website
  • Some features are free
  • Find public information


  • Must pay for thorough searches
  • Extra rate for court fees

Bottom Line

Spokeo is a paid people search engine that provides users with public information. Users can search names, phone numbers, emails and more to find information on a person. Spokeo compiles the public data into a profile.

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I used this service to reverse a phone number. It was easy to use, gave me the information in a timely manner. I was happy with the whole experience. Even when I called to cancel,...

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I was interested in contacting property owner that had moved out of state to see if the owner would consider selling the property that was left vacant. … Although I tried a few ot...

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What is Spokeo?

Spokeo uses more than 12 billion records found in thousands of databases to aggregate information and create personal profiles. With a standard membership, users can search for people by name, phone number, email or address. With these searches, users can find information such as:

  • Age
  • Relatives
  • Marital status
  • Addresses
  • Contact information
  • Education level
  • Public social media and dating site profiles
  • Public photos and videos
  • Blog entries

This isn't a comprehensive list of all the possible information users can find, but it shows the variety of available information. Users can find contact information for loved ones, information on scam callers or the identity of someone harassing them. However, some reviewers note the information Spokeo displays may be out-of-date or inaccurate, so it's important to check your findings.

Many people use Spokeo to find lost family members or identify people trying to scam or harass them. The site adheres to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and its terms of use state that the site is not to be used for employee or tenant screening, credit checks or any other purposes covered by the FCRA.

Spokeo price

A one-time name report (which includes address, email, phone number, location history, marital status and family) from Spokeo costs only 95 cents if you opt into a free seven-day trial membership. After the trial, it bills you at $24.95 per month if you don't cancel. Alternatively, you can make a one-time purchase without the trial for $1.95.

You can also choose to try the service for a month, but Spokeo offers better deals for longer membership subscriptions. If you click its sign up button, you’re shown two membership tiers:

  • $19.95 per month for a three-month recurring membership
  • $24.95 per month for a one-month recurring membership

Spokeo states there may be additional fees for a full background check that includes court and historical records.

Spokeo FAQ

What can Spokeo tell you?

Spokeo shows you public data about the people you search for. This includes contact information, social media, court records and historical records.

How do I delete my Spokeo account?

Closing your account is a simple process. If you want it completely deleted, however, you must contact the Contact Care team.

How much does Spokeo cost?

Certain searches can be done on Spokeo for free. Access to more information costs between 95 cents to $24.95, depending on your membership commitment choice.

Is Spokeo safe?

Spokeo is committed to being a safe way to learn about the people around you. It keeps your personal data, payment details and account information secure.

Is Spokeo legit?

Spokeo is a legitimate information gathering service. The company takes the legwork out of finding public information by gathering it all into a neat profile. For those who use it, Spokeo is a safe and confidential way to find information. Whether you’re trying to reconnect with someone, check on someone you’re meeting for the first time or combat scammers, Spokeo can help.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 26, 2023

Signed up for a one time fee to find out information about an entity on the internet. Not even sure that information was accurate. Was positive I paid for a one time fee. Notified a week later about a $29.95 charge to my account from Spokeo. After research, found out this was a common practice from Spokeo and in many situations, even though customers had changed their credit cards, Spokeo had managed to find and charge their new credit card to continue a subscription fee the customer thought they had cancelled.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 1, 2023

Unless one has an hour to waste while Spokeo tracks down unnecessary information, not requested but forced upon the Consumer, time wasted while site portends searching for useful but useless information, unless one has unlimited funds and can burn money chasing shadows of nonexistent companies, it's a total waste of time. Typical users are required to provide personal data which ends up in a system of Data Collection then resold to other data collectors, while charging the unsuspecting customer monthly fees for unregulated services which provide undesirable results.

I cannot believe the FCC and other Protective agencies allow this company to exist. I've yet to find one website that will perform a Reverse Number Look-Up which is truly "Free", not falsely implying that it costs nothing to search numbers of suspected Scam callers. Even RoboCaller is a fee based service pretending to be free. Spokeo and Been Verified are linked providing the same service under different names. NOTE: I've learned to check for the word "Sponsored" during all Searches. Sponsered is shown in some amount of opacity listed directly above your required Service in upper left corner. "Sponsored" means that the Service will not be free.

10 people found this review helpful

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 20, 2023

    I was doing background checks and everyone including myself had no recent information. And about 75% of what I found was totally wrong. My parents had moved once in 40 years and Spokeo information said they moved 4 times and cities they were never have lived in.

    6 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 18, 2023

    Have a number repeatedly calling at all hours with no message being left? Try looking it up. Don’t use Spokeo if you are looking for anything more than “yes this is a phone number”. They will charge you .95 to get “basic” but not the business name info. Because you pay more for that - but somewhere in there they sneak in a full membership even though you said said no, and paid for a single transaction. No they won’t refund you. Because it must be how they make the money. Awful.

    12 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 12, 2023

    I used this service having a decent amount of certainty on the person's phone number but wanted to check. The report was lacking at best. I am pretty sure I cancelled my subscription, but was charged $24.95. I promptly call them back to ask for a refund but was told only $9 could be refunded. What business only gives minimal refunds to prospective customers based off a trial service. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this service to anyone. Hopefully they change their business practices.

    11 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 6, 2023

    I've been looking for more info on someone online a while ago, and I only had their email address. Spokeo seemed to have been one of the main places to reverse-search email addresses, so I gave it a try. However, off the bat I was pretty suspicious, as it demanded I sign up for a free trial and pay for the report, so I held it off until I decided I needed to obtain more info at all costs.

    I signed up for the trial and paid 95 cents, and lo and behold, the email I searched for had no results, even though they said they had a "comprehensive report" of all the person's information. So effectively, I wasted thirty minutes of my time and a dollar to get no results at all. I wouldn't be so mad if it just told me before I made the purchase that there were no results, but clearly this is how they steal money from some of us. I'm glad that aside from this one occasion I have no need to use services like these, because I am NEVER going back to Spokeo again.

    9 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 17, 2023

    Spokeo offered a .95 one time search, I paid with Paypal, but Spokeo made two unauthorized 24.95 charges to my credit card. I did not sign up for this or use their service after the original .95 cent search. I cancelled the automatic payments through Paypal and called Spokeo, but they would not refund the unauthorized charges.

    15 people found this review helpful
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    Resolution response: Jan. 5, 2023

    Spokeo reached out with an email letting me know they would refund the full three months of subscription costs. More importantly, they kept their word and did it! The CC card showed a credit in just a few days. I have to give them the kudos for good customer service/relations they deserve.

    Original review: Dec. 29, 2022

    I purchased a $.95 trial membership to check on a single phone number. Three months later I discovered I've been charged 3X at $24.95 each month for a subscription I did not sign up for. There was no confirmation email or notification that I had been charged each month. In looking back at the original email from them, I now see the auto-subscription notice on page 4! I have contacted them for a refund and IF they correct the billing, I'll be back to update this review. So far, my experience should be a warning to others to stay away.

    11 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 20, 2022

    The service we used in November 2021 worked well; however, we were subscribed to their monthly subscription without permission and we did not notice until we had been charged well over $300. They immediately refunded $29 when we called them out, but only after they had charged us for 12 months of service we never used.

    16 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 9, 2022

    A few months ago I wanted to know the address of someone and went to Spokeo; they look it up for free and are out front about your subscribing to a service and you can look up so many people and so on and that it will cost such and such and that you have to cancel your subscription if you do not want your credit card to be charged and they do not forget to charge it monthly if you do not cancel - whether you use it or not.

    So the point is that if you don't use it you will be charged 25 dollars per month for the privilege of being able to if you want to. That is what I did for a few months. When I did finally get to a gal Spokeo today to cancel the subscription she was very nice about it and did it and sent a confirming email while I was on the line so it only cost me 75 dollars for that address and the privilege of looking for more if I had thought of it.

    10 people found this review helpful
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    556 S. Fair Oaks Ave, Suite #101-179
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