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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity

Finding Criminal History

In addition to publicly available information, many companies may, for a fee, perform the search and present the results to an applicant in a report.  Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous employers may still conduct a background investigation without proper authorization from the applicant or without legal precedent.

A Wealth of Civil Information

Non-criminal lawsuits, marriage licenses, drivers’ licenses, real estate transactions, and tax liens are all examples of civil transactions that may be public record depending on a person’s geographic location.  A tax lien is one method that local and state governments can use to collect unpaid taxes.  Filing a tax lien requires a public notice.  This means there is no secret list of tax liens.  In fact, many places have a web-based search that will allow anyone to search public record announcements.  Figure 1.4 shows an example of a typical search screen that can return a listing of public records.

Figure 1.4 - A typical web page to search for delinquent tax notices

Although current privacy laws make this less likely now, many of the transactions, which are part of the public record, including divorce proceedings and bankruptcies, have included social security numbers and personal address information.  All this, of course, is information that should stay private.

Sources of Personal Information

Voter registration records are an excellent source of information and often contain unlisted phone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers and physical addresses.  Since voter registration information is a matter of public record, it is often available upon written request.  A person need only write the voters registration office of the county of interest and request it.  It should be noted that the rules governing the dispensing of this information are subject to frequent changes, and there is usually a small fee for the information.


The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert
 

http://www.rampant-books.com/book_2004_2_stalkers.htm


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