What is Garbo?
Garbo is a new kind of online background check platform that allows people to see if someone has a history of causing harm, by giving easy access to available public records including arrests, convictions, and sex offender registry information.
We’ve started working with Garbo to help our members have the best and safest experience possible. We’re excited to partner with and support Garbo, but just a heads up that all troubleshooting and general questions should be sent to Garbo directly at email@example.com.
What kind of information do I need to know about the person I’m looking for?
To run a search in Garbo you’ll need to provide the details of the person you want to search within Garbo’s platform. Plenty of Fish and Garbo’s systems aren’t linked and we don’t send or transfer search information to Garbo. Garbo recommends starting with a first name, age, location, and phone number when first searching for someone. Keep in mind that due to privacy requirements, we can’t provide you any details about our members to help with your search.
What happens if a Plenty of Fish user does a search and their match has a violent criminal record?
Our members can choose to share a report from Garbo with our team by submitting a report. In these cases, we take appropriate action in accordance with our policies. Otherwise, POF and Garbo are two separate entities and don’t share POF member’s personal information with each other.
How is the data being handled between Plenty of Fish and Garbo?
Plenty of Fish and Garbo are independent services. The only information that’ll be shared is aggregated data relating to the usage of the Garbo service, such as the number of users referred by POF. The aggregated information we receive helps us understand how many search credits are being redeemed by our members.
POF and Garbo don’t share personal information of POF members with each other. No information about individual searches is shared between Garbo and POF.
Is Garbo free for Plenty of Fish members?
POF members can redeem two searches for free on new or existing Garbo accounts. These searches have been funded by Match Group, POF’s parent company.
After POF members use their two free searches, additional credits for searches can be purchased through Garbo. Garbo charges a small fee for searches ($2.50 per search + $0.75 transaction fee), to cover the cost of searches and operations. Garbo offers free credits to those in need and has ways to receive free credits such as inviting friends to join Garbo.
- Click ‘Try Garbo’ at the bottom of this page to redirect to Garbo with a promo code.
- Register a new Garbo account or Log In to an existing Garbo account to redeem your two free search credits.
- After logging in and authenticating your Garbo account via email, your credits will be added automatically to your account if you access Garbo from this article link.
- Follow the prompts to search for someone within the Garbo platform - it usually takes less than two minutes to complete a search.
- The results of your searches are only accessible through Garbo and will not appear in your Plenty of Fish app.
To learn more about Garbo you can view their FAQ
Can Garbo be used internationally?
At this time Garbo can only be used to search individuals located within the United States.