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Personal information - MUST READ

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Airtime, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    There's a family tree website that quite likely has a fair amount of info about you readily available to anyone free and easily. Go here and enter your own name and state or that of a few friends:

    100% Free Genealogy - FamilyTreeNow.com

    Hmmm.... even a link to a google map with your home. Probably not enough info for full identity theft but enough to assist in the effort and certainly a big help for a stalker or similar creep to find your daughter, wife, whoever. You can opt out and you do that here:

    Opt Out - FamilyTreeNow.com

    Note: There may be multiple records for you with each one needing to be removed and there may be variations on you name to check as well (Don for Donald, etc.)

    Good luck.
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  2. GOG

    GOG Free American Monkey Site Supporter

    Thanks @ Airtime, I just opted out.
  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Wow, they know who I am and where I have lived. I am quite curious about the possible associates. They list a woman who I have never heard of. In the day and age of identity theft, an unknown possible associate makes me uneasy.

    ** this possible associate lady is really bothering me. If I click her it shows where she lives.
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  4. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    I'll check it out, be interesting to see if it's accurate, since I legally changed my name nearly 20 years ago cause I never liked my birth name.
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  5. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Hmm they do have me, but they have Chiloquin as my current address, that was actually my last address. And the only relative they have listed with me is my mother.
  6. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Yeah, they got me too but not all my overseas addresses but ,strange enough, some of them. They do have my current address. All from public records. There is another site out there that does this also. Scary stuff. Now, when I first got back stateside after years overseas and performed this query it did not have me but now been back 2 years and bingo! So, much for dropping off the grid. Makes me laugh when people think it is actually possible. Scary stuff...

    EDIT: Frankly, opting out will not really help for like I said there are other websites now that do the exact same thing. It's all from public records so the laws would have to be changed. I wish it was so easy to just 'opt out' but the databases are so interlink now... which is why all the darn insurance companies know when my insurance is due so I get bombarded with advertisements and cable/satellite/television companies are the same...
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  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    hehehe. Googled me and checked a couple of those sites. Looks like I'm a pretty common name and age. Found 12 pages of me, from Cali to ME, from days old to buried in the late 1800s. As it happens, I'm a LOT easier to find than that but there's no evidence that those money sucking site know where to look.
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  8. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    There are filters and things that can narrow the search. Play with those and see what you find.
  9. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Whatchoo meen, Willis? Give them a string to find their way out of the cave?

    I've used those filters in the past, they have found my father, but missed me completely. And I do NOT know why that is so. They actually fell off my trail in 1970.
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  10. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Yes, but you know as well as I do that all one needs is a single thread to determine which of those 'common names' are truly you. For example, a Middle name or initial or a state or any address or date. These narrow it down tremendously. All data about oneself is pertinent and potential dangerous.

    OH! BTW I did opt'd out because one should do so but I know it will not carry over to loads of other places and like I said the problem is the Public Records are freely available.

    Strange enough I did a query on the wife who has a strange (Russian) first name which should have made it easy to locate her but she isn't in the database. She's a legal immigrant. So, her Green Card information isn't available (and shouldn't be) but she does have a Driver's License and, of course, a Social Security Card (also shouldn't be available). So, bit confused why it didn't find her via her DL...unless those are private records? All the bills and transactions, etc., everything are in my name...interesting.
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  11. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    Interestingly, the showed one of my relatives as my long estranged biological son with my birthdate.
  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Yep, that's why -
    Even those confounded courtesy cards at the groc shoppe are linked if you let them. I don't, so all I get is the weekly fish wrapper instead of targeted mailings, e-mailings, phone calls and other deviations from a quiet life. When I forget and leave the card in the truck, the grocery checkers always look at me in wonderment because they have three ways to find me on their computers if I gave them the data to link the card. (Name, address, phone number, and in some cases d/l number.)
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  13. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Kinda handy......I learned where my brother I haven't heard from in years is likely now living.....he and the wife apparently split in 2010, because she still shows at where I know they used to live.
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  14. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    That sucks.
    They even got my BOL and with a click - Google Earth, although they list it as not a current address. I opted out, but wondering if I should, as a number of people do who own property there, place the land in a trust with an obscure name like Rocky Road or some shit. Make it a little more difficult to track for just the average Joe Plumber. Government entities will always get your information.

    I found my Ex-Wife that I divorced in 1988. She lives in the next town over and her mother is still alive. That's too close for the both of them.

    Update: I opted out, they claim it can take up to 48 hours. But a quick search a few hours later and my name is gone...from this one.
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  15. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey+++

    Some dates were off, and many of my "associates" are people I've never heard of. But they were mostly right. Oddly, three people who are not relatives but have been very closely associated with me for three decades did not appear on the list of "associates".

    Name, address, and previous addresses are fairly easy to get from numerous public sources and is not particularly sensitive information in the first place. Opting out of this one single website is not going to give anyone much "protection".

    Personally, I don't give a crap if someone finds out where I lived when I was seven years old.

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  16. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    I imagine 'associates' means someone that there is a public record of you and them....marriage, real estate deal, that kind of thing. Just knowing someone forever isn't going to get them on the list.
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  17. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey+++

    My point was that there were people on the "associates" list whom I have never heard of and clearly haven't even the vaguest relationship with, but people I am close to and have done a lot of business with, including a guy who lived in my house and used my address for two years after a divorce, is not on the list.

    And just for the hell of it, I looked up his name. It shows him at my address during the correct times, but I'm not on his "associates" list either.

    I don't know where they get this stuff from, but it's almost like they're guessing.

    The data on that website is off just enough to make me not care.
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  18. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Well the good news for me is that apparently I have no known associates except my mother. Most of my dad's family is on there, including my sister, but I'm not on their list. And according to them, my current residence that I've been at since 2005, I was only here for a month in 2010. And I lived another month at my PO Box. I wonder what the rent was at the PO Box...
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  19. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I looked up Chelloveck, and dang me if they had any record of me at all....zip All my illegitimate children must have been registered in their mothers' names! :ROFLMAO:
  20. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    TIN and or Aluminum foil hat on..
    Might opting out confirm you are who they think you are?

    John/Jane Doe out...
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