Monday, July 11, 2005

Thwarting Id Theft Using Phone Number Search beyond Google's Phonebook

Last week, we shared how to stop Id Thieves from using Google against you.

Now that you've removed your phone number from
Google's Phonebook, the proactive consumer still is
far from being safe.

The many cross linked data repositories still likely
hold your personal information typically used for
reverse look-ups. For example, using only your full
name an identity thief can very quickly retrieve your

  • Full Address
  • Phone Number (even unlisted ones)
  • Date of Birth
  • Email address

Just enough data items to easily commit identity fraud in your name.

So, ID Theft Secrets Blog further recommends you to systematically

eliminate your personal information from the various on-line reverse
directories.

Starting with some of the largest services, we offer
the wary consumer the following tips to opt-out:


AT&T's Anywho on-line directory

Whitepages.com

Check back later this week as we will provide more
sources for you to combat identity theft using online directories.

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