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How to do a background check on someone. Are there ways to find out things without paying out a lot of fees? What can you really find on the computer about your neighbor or friend? What can you find at your local courthouse or police station -- and is the information readily available to anyone? If not, what is required? What about all the advertising you see that says you can find out about anyone? Can you? What's the average cost (if any) and just what kinds of things can you find out?