Paying For Personal Info Online Not Likely To Get You Very Far
from the suckers-wanted dept
I’m pretty sure we’ve seen articles quite similar to this before, but the NY Times has sent a reporter out to test out one of those “find out anything about anyone” online services. As you might expect, they tried to find out some info on themselves, and while the writer appears to have spent plenty of money, it doesn’t look like he found out very much. Some of it was quite accurate, but it was mixed in with so much false data that you would probably have to already know him (or be him) to know which was true and which was false. Also, it seems likely that much of the info could be figured out from other sources for free. The best part was the “background check” the site he used offered for $45. That told him the names of (possibly, if they got it right) a few of his neighbors, and that his wife and his daughter were actually the same person. So, for those of you worried about others looking you up and digging up your private info, rest assured that the amount of data they dig up will probably just as misleading as it is revealing.