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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 04-29-2010 10:47 PM 3656 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MedicKen

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04-29-2010 10:47 PM

I was informed of a website today that is spookey to say the least. I don’t know if anyone here is familiar with WWW.SPOKEO.COM or not but you need to be. It is a FREE site and lists a lot of personal info about YOU!! The site gathers info about you from various sources and automatically adds them to the site. I went to my own profile, which I did not know existed, and it was 100% accurate!! I have also searched some of my friends and their profile was also accurate, right down to the names of persons living in the home and the phone number. You are able to remove your profile by clicking on the privacy link at the bottom right of the page after logging on to YOUR profile. Then copy and paste the URL for your profile and ask that it be removed. This is some scary crap and sites like this need to be banished.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com


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Abbott

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 10:56 PM

They had my wife’s name and mine and an old address. Other then that they missed on everything else.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Peter Oxley

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 10:59 PM

Wow, I live in a million dollar house with no source of heat in a middle-class neighborhood. There are eight people living here. I enjoy quilting, knitting, and riding motorcycles. Am I well-rounded or what!?

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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m88k

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 10:59 PM

I wonder how they collected your information? They’ve got nothing on me, or anyone else I checked. Other names I checked included my father, a well published professor and now author, and my brother-in-law, a prominent lawyer and former president of the IL bar association. Both of them are found easily in the first page of Google search results, given only first and last name.

-- ~Mark

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hObOmOnk

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 11:06 PM

MedicKen:

You are being conned.

If you ask to be removed, then you are merely confirming your existence.

These types of personal data aggregators are all over the internet. You can’t stop them but should ignore them.

Once you begin interacting with them you will be sorry.

Don’t be a Chicken Little. Your next best move is to delete this topic.

-- 温故知新

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MedicKen

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#5 posted 04-29-2010 11:11 PM

I havent done anything with it HOBO. I just let it be. To me it is scary and i’m sure there are more sites like this out there. As for the $1m house without heat, LOL

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Abbott

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#6 posted 04-29-2010 11:11 PM

Yeah, I looked at another website that does the same thing a couple of weeks ago. They said you could delete their listing of your personal information by sending them an e-mail. I declined as that would give them way more information then they already had.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 04-29-2010 11:15 PM

Thanks for the heads up. They aren’t as smart as they think they are ;-)) Doubt if they will ever be stopped. Big biz owns Congress.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bothus

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#8 posted 04-29-2010 11:27 PM

Apparently I enjoy gardening. Who knew? I guess I will need to stop posting here and move to Garden Tenders.

They did have a nice photo of me though (I think that’s the one I use on Facebook).

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Eric_S

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#9 posted 04-29-2010 11:28 PM

LOL, besides my street name and zodiac sign they got everything else incorrect.

Apparently I live in a $600K-$800K house (I wish), yet it says my neighborhood is below average lol. I’d hate to see what average is if my house is 600-800k yet the neighborhood is below avg, lol.

This site is just awful, why would you want to pay a monthly membership when they can’t even get the data correct.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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lilredweldingrod

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#10 posted 04-29-2010 11:36 PM

Ha ha ha What a joke! I’m two people, one lives in Colorado, is 30ish, married, no children and I own a home and have lived there for 11 years. No. 2 is 60ish, lives in California, no children, own a home and have lived here 5 years. And you would not believe how rounded I am. I am impressed! I had no idea that I did all those things. And I’m a college grad? News to me. I think I’ll move to Colorado with my 9 kids and 13 grand kids and move into this home I am supposed to have owned for 11 years. But best of all, I’ll be 30 again…..yipee! No aches on pains no heart attack no diabetes…..........I have no idea what these people are smoking, but it must be some gggooooooddd s—t! And if they think I’m going to pay then to see the rest of what they have, they are smoking crack.

Hey Ken, Thanks for the chuckle. I really needed that. Both of me did. We are so wonderful…..

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 04-30-2010 12:01 AM

It is surprising what info is really available on an internet search. This is not just limited to Spokeo.com. I have done this before just to see what is available and not too long ago I found out that by accessing a few sites I could get nearly all the personal info on my wife- her birthdate, address, phone number, my name as her spouse, our son’s names (and their personal info), place of employment and salary. I found nearly everything about her but her social security number. So much for privacy!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Abbott

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#12 posted 04-30-2010 12:06 AM

Yep. There is NO privacy now with the Internet.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 04-30-2010 12:18 AM

I never give my real birthday any more. It is a key to ID theft. I don’t need it layng about in everyones files.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Eagle1

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#14 posted 04-30-2010 01:21 PM

My current wife was listed, with our address. Wierd but the also had me still married to my 2nd wife. My home was worth 1m. LOL

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Mark Shymanski

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#15 posted 05-29-2010 04:43 AM

Didn’t even have my initials right :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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