Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2010]
GO to this website: http://www.spokeo.com/ and type in your name. If you find ANYTHING with your info on it, go to "Privacy" at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to remove your information. Some of the information they have listed may not be correct, but if your address, phone number and a picture of your home comes up, that's cause for concern!
Holy Cow Family and Friends!
I just received a link for a crazy website. A friend emailed it to me saying that the website has all the personal info on her family and that maybe I should check it out to make sure I am not on the site. Well, I checked it out and although it didn't show mine, it listed many names addresses, birthdays, even showing a picture of the houses my friends lived in. It also mentions if you were married, with kids and much more. Then they have a service were people can sign up and pay 3.00 and have access to even more of my info like credit score, income, etc.
I have typed in several other of my family members names and ALL were in the database. Who wants all this personal info out there on the web???????
you can scroll down to the bottom and find the privacy link and remove yourself from the website!
good luck! and pass this email along to help your family and friends will possible identity theft.
here is the website.....
Origins: Spokeo is one of many sites now operating on the Internet that aggregate and display personal information collected from a variety of public sources (such as social networking accounts, blog posts, phone book listings, customer-submitted reviews, real estate listings, etc., as well as from the databases of other information aggregators) and sell detailed reports on individuals to anyone who pays for them. Spokeo advertises itself as a "search engine specialized in organizing people-related information":
Last updated: 12 January 2011
DiVirgilio, Lisa. "What Personal Information Is Listed About You on Spokeo.com?" The [Syracuse] Post-Standard. 7 April 2010. Smith, Alicia. "Search Site Raises Privacy Concerns." WXYZ-TV [Detroit]. 8 April 2010.