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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
This is for real. My name, birthdate and not only my current address and phone number but my previous address and phone numbers were listed. The really strange thing is my telephone number is not published.
Under my maiden name, they had my year of birth wrong but it was correct under my married name.

Beginning May '05 a new database was made available to
the general public, free of charge, that displays your personal
information (names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates).
The database is found at www.zabasearch.com. I urge you to check this site out. If you are in the database and you want it removed, send them an e-mail at info@zabasearch.com to request it be removed. I do not know how but my information is there, I even checked my a few other random ones, and they are all in this database! scary!
post #2 of 21
Yep me too. Did you have success on getting your information removed? Last time I had checked, the site basically said: It is public "domain" and all the info could be found elsewhere online. Transalation: Tough
post #3 of 21
I am not, but my fiance' is.
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Talon
Yep me too. Did you have success on getting your information removed? Last time I had checked, the site basically said: It is public "domain" and all the info could be found elsewhere online. Transalation: Tough
Yea they sent me instructions on how to remove my information.
post #5 of 21
Good to know. Thanks for posting the warning.
post #6 of 21
I checked my name & names of friends. They were all there. That is just creepy. I sent an e-mail asking how to get a name removed. If I find out...I'll post here. Big Brother is Watching.
Edit...I just got instructions about how to remove my info. Do I think that they will do it. I doubt it.
post #7 of 21
I'm not listed under my current last name but, my previous married name is there, with my current address. No biggie - my ex already knows where I live and knows that I'm armed.
post #8 of 21
Even if you're removed from this particular database, that doesn't remove your information from where they FOUND it in the first place.
post #9 of 21
The link doesn't seem to be working for me.............
post #10 of 21
I work for the State trying to find people who have lost money (see previous post from a week or two ago), so I can tell you that much less is sacred than even that.

If you search the Social Security Death Index, it will give you the name, place of birth, place of death, and SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER of anyone who has passed. Both of my parents are listed out there in plain view of the public.

Also available in LOTS of counties... scanned images of court documents, online for anyone to see regardless of content (although here they have banned probate documentation). If you go to my county's website and search my name, you can find a scanned image of the deed to my house and of my mortgage agreement! I believe our marriage certificate is on there as well.

There are also paid services that collect information from the credit bureaus and various other sources, and compile it into a huge database. Most, if not all of these by now, are only available to licensed attorneys, private investigators, or government agencies. Since I am in the business of finding people AND work for a government agency, I have full access. Just by knowing your full name (or a past one), and any city you've ever lived in, I can have all of the following info about you in seconds: all past addresses for the past 20 years along with associated phone numbers, your social security number, all vehicle registration information including water/aircraft, the information currently on your drivers license, your traffic and/or criminal record, the names/addresses/phone numbers/social security number for THREE DEGREES of your relatives. Don't worry, if I'm ever caught using the service in any manner that is not connected to a claim I'm researching, I'd be immediately terminated, as a girl recently was for "innocently" searching her family members' names as a favor.

It's MIND BOGGLING. The ONLY way you can ensure you're safe from identity theft is to check your bank statements and credit history frequently. As far as public access to private info... well, we're in the information age, and it's hard to prevent. In my business, though, my having access to that might mean I can get your $10,000 claim paid without you having to pay for certified copies of court documents!
post #11 of 21
Yeah I'm listed under my old last name and current address too. that's stupid. i mean if they are going to publish your information, and invade your privacy, they should at least get it right or not put it on there at all don't you think?
My husband isn't on there at all. He says he is above the law! LOL! He is such a dork sometimes!
post #12 of 21
You know, since all this information is stored electronically, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to email someone a notification that their information has been accessed, and by whom. Obviously, if you know it's been seen by a party that has no business seeing it, then steps can be taken immediately.
post #13 of 21
That's freaky. I'm not listed because I'm in Canada, but I was surprised to find 3 other people in the US with my name (I know I'm the only one in Canada) as my surname is relatively uncommon.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by katl8e
I'm not listed under my current last name but, my previous married name is there, with my current address. No biggie - my ex already knows where I live and knows that I'm armed.
lol...too funny!!
post #15 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by coaster
You know, since all this information is stored electronically, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to email someone a notification that their information has been accessed, and by whom. Obviously, if you know it's been seen by a party that has no business seeing it, then steps can be taken immediately.
Actually, at least for some of it, an email database to match would be cumbersome and hard to maintain... a hard copy letter would be more realistic. While there are still public records laws (to keep mean people from hiding things), it's going to be out there in mass quantities and would take many dedicated companies to keep up with just those inquiry reports!
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
to me...its easier to find info out about a person on the internet than getting paper work, hiring a PI, or any other way....the internet has made people very accessible.
post #17 of 21
Two of my old address's are on there not my current. thats creepy I am going to ask them to remove me. GRR...stupid people
post #18 of 21
I heard about this a couple months ago and was told by an acquaintance NOT to try to get your info deleted at this time. Here's what she said:

I emailed my dad about this yesterday, as he is a Sheriff's deputy and has worked identity theft cases and such in the past. This is part of what he wrote back:

"There is really not much you can do about it at this point until the Federal Government outlaws selling this type of information. I did some research trying to verify the ownership of this site and found some interesting things. Suffice it to say I would not send them a request to remove your information right now, since I’m not sure who owns the thing. Removal may just be verifying for them the information is valid."
post #19 of 21
they have my name and current addy... no phone and my mothers bday ... that explains all the "older folks " mail I keep getting... It did show me that a relative I have lost touch with due to moving and ther phone not working is still at the same addy
post #20 of 21
Well it's only for US residents but I did find 35 Samantha Pratts in the US! *eeek*
post #21 of 21
I am the only one of me so far in Canada and there are none in the USA
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