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Urban Legends: Is Spokeo.com Invading Your Privacy?

By April 7, 2010

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A reader writes:

This is scary. I didn't get it as an email but saw it as a post on Facebook (where I have a fake name) and I went to the website. Not only did they have our information (only a little confused — my husband and his father have a similar name so they listed both), but they also listed my husband by a nickname that only his family calls him. I am very upset that our information, including our daughter's information, was listed. I am sending this to you in hopes you can check it out and tell others. Also, so far I have not found "the button on the right' to remove us and protect privacy but I am still searching.

The text is below:


"FYI EVERYONE - There's a site called spokeo.com and it's an online phonebook that has a picture of your house, credit score, profession, age, how many people live in the house. Remove yourself AND ANY AKA OR SPOUSE by the Privacy button on the bottom right. (passing along, scary stuff!) I have personally checked it out .... and it is really there! CUT PASTE AND REPOST!!!"

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Okay, here's the deal. Spokeo.com is basically a search engine that aggregates information pertaining to individual names, email addresses, and phone numbers from online public sources such as phone books, real estate listings, and government records, plus profile entries from websites like Facebook, MySpace, Amazon.com, LinkedIn, Flickr, and many others (the Spokeo site lists upwards of 50 potential data sources).

Similar "people search" services include Pipl, ZoomInfo, ZabaSearch, Radaris, and Intelius.

It can indeed be shocking to see how much information can be dug up about you in 15 seconds — your home address, your marital status, religion, hobbies, names of friends and family members, personal photos, a satellite image of your home, even your estimated income and credit score.

Just as troubling is the fact that no one fact-checks the assembled data, meaning it can be partially or wholly incorrect.

The thing is, if Spokeo can find it, the info is publicly available and can be found online by anyone, with or without the convenience of a Spokeo.com.

The website does provide a "Privacy" form whereby you can delete your individual listing (note: some users report this is easier said than done), but don't miss the critical point: simply removing your search results from Spokeo.com doesn't prevent anyone from accessing the data by other means.

To protect your personal data on social networking services, you must either refrain from providing it to sites like MySpace and Facebook in the first place, or adjust your privacy settings on each website accordingly. Also, if your phone number and address are listed in the White Pages, that information is publicly accessible online, as are some government records (accessibility varies by state) and real estate listings.

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Comments

April 8, 2010 at 9:40 am
(1) terry says:

Ok you say never give out info. Such as e-mail–which is required to post a comment. I’ve never had facebook or any other teen-age pages. How do we go about getting this info and other info out of the public view?

April 8, 2010 at 10:14 am
(2) eeee says:

Their blog/FAQ says they “ask you to wait” if you make too many deletion requests in a short time frame. However, the actual deletion request page says that the limit the number of requests per email address. When I emailed them to ask about this (I am listed at least five times, under various combinations of maiden/married/changed/first/middle/initialed names, and can only delete two of them unless I create a new email address – which I would then have to request deletion for, requiring another new email address…), their “Troubleshooting” page says that the limit the number of requests per IP address per week.

I don’t know which of those is correct, but they are obviously being untruthful or at the VERY least inaccurate about their removal policies.

They say they’re “partnered with ReputationDefender, a leading privacy protection agency, to help you control and remove your information on hundreds of other people search sites” – IMO their entire operation is no different and certainly no better than the malware that infects your computer then pops up to sell you an anti-virus program.

By the way, they have me listed under names I have NEVER used on the internet – such as my first married name, a marriage which dissolved more than five years before I even *heard* of the internet, a name I had to think for several seconds to even recall. Adjusting privacy settings on social networking sites is not going to remove the issue completely – they’re getting info from other list services too, the kind that send out junk mail.

April 8, 2010 at 10:35 am
(3) David Emery says:

eeee writes: “Adjusting privacy settings on social networking sites is not going to remove the issue completely…”

There are all kinds of data sources online, so no, adjusting privacy settings on social networking sites cannot possibly “remove” the issue. But it’s an important step, and something over which you at least have a measure of control.

April 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(4) Sharon says:

In addition to the intrusiveness of having your personal location and contact information publicly displayed without your knowledge in an international forum, the vast majority of the information displayed on the site is erroneous—just flat-out wrong! I searched mine and found my name, address, and phone number listed (available in a public phone book anyway), with completely fabricated details about my credit, interests, living conditions, and more. This site is an abomination. What if someone actually thought this stuff was factual?

April 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm
(5) Rian says:

ll of my privacy settings were set so that only those who I accept can see my information. Still, the information came up. Also, so did my husbands info, and he doesn’t even get online.

After repeated emails back and forth with personnel at Spokeo, I have come to the conclusion that this is in fact a scam that scares users into ultimately purchasing a ReputationDefender package.

April 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm
(6) Ouida says:

Why are sites such as these legal? Is this country not supposed to be “for the people?”

January 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(7) Dakotahgeo says:

Unfortunately, not any longer. That went out the window years ago. Best wishes!

July 22, 2011 at 2:52 am
(8) AntiAgingForum says:

Nope probably not. Beeing legal means meanwhile having an army of lawyers. :D

April 9, 2010 at 12:53 am
(9) Jean says:

I looked up my info and while one or two items were correct 99% of it was 7-8 YEARS out of date. I checked several other family member’s information and it, too, was YEARS out of date. I have found this to be true with some of the other websites that are suppose to have “all the current history on everyone”.

April 9, 2010 at 11:22 am
(10) Margarita says:

Remember, this is all searchable information. You don’t have to access the internet at all. If it’s public record, it can be found. The thing is, let these people know as LITTLE ABOUT YOU AS POSSIBLE. They knew nearly nothing about me. They had more information on my husband, for some odd reason, since he’s more paranoid than I am.

April 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(11) Spokeos Ate My Baby says:

The “No More Spokeo” page on facebook cracked 500 members today, and has advice on how to report Spokeo to relevant authorities at facebook, the FTC, California’s privacy commission, Spokeo’s DNS provider, etc.

Also contact information for joining a lawsuit.

July 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm
(12) VERNA WALLACE says:

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHO WAS SPYING ON MY PRIVATE BUSINESS?

August 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm
(13) jinga says:

I don;t have a facebook page for the very reason that I do not appreciate my information being assembled and displayed for all to see. That said, I would like to join you in your efforts to stop spokeo etal. from doing this. Is there another way to access the information you are talking about, WITHOUT going to your Facebook page?

April 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm
(14) Mandy says:

This was really disturbing to me and took almost a whole day for my sister and I to figure out how to get rid of our info showing up to anyone on Spokeo. We finally discovered that if you go to the privacy link, there is a form to fill out which sends a link to your e-mail by which to get rid of. However, the page is zoomed in and doesn’t show this free way or a scroll bar on many computers. We had to zoom out to find it. Just hit ctrl and the dash button. . . good luck!

April 22, 2010 at 8:57 am
(15) Cathy B. says:

I agree with Sharon, the worst part of this is that most of the info is just wrong!! Looking at several people’s accounts, it looks like they have a default set up and just put in the actual mined info at random. So the average person looking at this account would have no idea what’s accurate and what’s just insane. Our house worth $1 million plus? I wish.

Anyone who actually uses this site to find info is deluded or desperate. I agree that it’s just a scam to get us to log in and fix things or buy a service. Facilitate in our own privacy intrusion? I don’t think so.

April 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(16) Babs says:

I just heard of this Spokeo.com site and of course was curious and had to check it out. Out of the 20 some names I out in, of people I am close to, not a single one was totally accurate. For instance, said the person had children and they have never had a child and the other way around. I, myself refuse to worry about it. Whatever info they have that is correct almost anyone can get a hold of.

April 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(17) hunny says:

according to SPOKEO – NO ONE has central heat!!!!

April 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(18) Patty says:

Looked up our info, as well as family members. WOW! I didn’t even know our house was valued at $1M+! Anybody wanna buy a house??!!!! Oh, and the hobbies….too funny!

April 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm
(19) Leslie says:

My dad who is 88 years old and doesn’t have any “social net working” websites has a long list of info about him that is somewhat accurate ( it either applies to him or his 85 year old wife). This info had to come from cookies left at websites and articles he has read online. This website is definitely an invasion of privacy – somehow it is accessing your life’s internet trail…( can you imagine if they put down “views pornography” – & the type!!!! & your grandchildren would see that – BTW, I don’t think so…)

January 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm
(20) Ross says:

They give facts about income, home value, etc.
They report the number of ‘residents’ —
Do they even bother to report the cost of replacing the furnace? NO! Date it occurred? NO.
So the information they post is as valuable as a pile of dawgydoo in the back yard!
Ross
PROUD father of an American Soldier

April 26, 2010 at 2:42 am
(21) Dave says:

Look at it this way, the more inaccurate the info is, the better. People whom you’ve authorized to check into your info (lenders, prospective employers, etc.) probably won’t use such a disreputable source anyway, and anyone else snooping (unauthorized) into your info won’t get current, up-to-date information. I agree that it’s a violation of privacy and should be shut down completely; but, since it’s already there, the more inaccurate the info provided, the happier I am about it. Just my two-cents’ worth.

February 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(22) 808Les says:

I couldn’t see a way to find out all that stuff without paying for it. I only saw the marital status, home value, etc. Yeah I wish my house was worth $666k.

Is there any way to put even more incorrect information in there? We could make up all kinds of things and maybe throw them off.

April 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(23) Colleen B says:

Hahahaha!!! My neighborhood is less than average….hahahahaha……..wonder when we went ghetto? Hmmm. And I’m not even listed as the homeowner. Good for them for keeping false information. Makes me feel safer now. : )

February 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm
(24) Jen says:

To Colleen…..When did “less than average” mean ghetto? Think before you make uneducated statements as such.

This site is obviously inundated with erroneous information…It is scary that we live in a society that not only warns us and assist us in protecting our identity but also “sells us out” This is simply what our life and world has become…we are all out there for the world to view..good luck be smart, be careful.

April 29, 2010 at 8:28 am
(25) Michelle says:

FYI…$1M it means one thousand (coming from the Roman numeral “M” denoting 1,000. SO… $1m+ your home is valued at $1,000+ I also find it odd that I know most of this info was not on the Internet. I think that some of if probably came from a survey that we may have filled out at one time or another…mine had all these hobbies that I supposedly liked. A lot of stuff was wrong…if I were to fill out a survey, I probably would not have filled it out accurately. Plus it was VERY outdated!

January 20, 2011 at 4:16 am
(26) SSG_Possum says:

@Michelle…. True the ‘M’ is for the Roman number for ’1,000′. However, as written $1M in today’s society (for the past, oh say 250 years) it does in fact mean ‘MILLION’. When speaking of ‘Thousands’ the letter ‘K’ is used (as in $1K)…Much similar to the memory size for computers…’B’ for Bytes, ‘MB’ for Mega-Bytes, ’1K’ commonly representing ’1024′ bytes, etc. But in the monetary form $1K = $1,000 and $1M = $1,000,000.

April 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm
(27) Jocelyn Clark says:

This also seems like a way to fish for email addresses to associate with the information. You have to give out an address to confirm…

April 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(28) Reggie says:

1- alot of the info is available at your county clerks office and is a matter of public record (marriage license, home purchase, criminal record, etc.) Not much you can do to keep that quiet.
2- If you don’t pay the phone company to keep your phone number private & non-published, they are giving away your info as well

Facebook just enable a “feature” where 3rd party web sites can pull your profile info to offer you a more “personalized” experience. (you have to go into your privacy settings to disable it.)

Home values (based upon recent sales in your neighborhood) are easily available for free as well. (the county courts as well)

Lots of info out there that sites like these try to pull together to sell you some sort of service.

April 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm
(29) Naomi says:

Contact your state Attorney Generals office. This against the Privacy Act. They publish false information & posted trash on my 10 year old!!

May 1, 2010 at 1:03 am
(30) kws says:

Here is the scariest thing
…when I entered my email address….
up came a bunch of pix that I did not know were even out there… I am SURE as hell gettin things off of EVERYWHERE!!!

July 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm
(31) callgirls berlin says:

LOL! That’s some funny stuff. I never heard of the site before this but it’s interesting though.

May 1, 2010 at 11:33 am
(32) mr bill says:

There is something wrong here.
Yes there is a lot of info that is public record but a lot of that is not readily accessible via the internet. As a business owner I have tried to construct my own marketing data bases and trust me not all info in the public records is on the net. Some of the information mentioned in these blogs would require you either to go to the court house or send a written request. The only thing I can figure at this point is that these people are given certain privileges which are denied me when I request.

A WORD OF ADVICE- THERE IS NO PRIVACY
A few years ago I up graded from 98 to XP. Even though Microsoft made are kinds of guarantees as to privacy, my whole computer’s info, include every piece of software installed, showed up on a college’s data base in 3 days.

May 1, 2010 at 11:43 am
(33) mr. bill says:

Here in Florida the State always warns that e-mail addresses on applications, etc are public record. But try and get them???

August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm
(34) Youforbidden says:

can’t these inverders be sued somehow. it is inversion of privacy and required legal action

May 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(35) ah says:

This really gives criminals a good way to find who is older; easier to break in maybe?

May 2, 2010 at 10:21 am
(36) Beast says:

Relax everyone. This is nothing more than a semi-clever scheme to get people to spend money to find out what other wrong info this website has about them.

According to spokeo.com, my parents have no children. My wife lives at two different addresses (our previous and current home), she has two zodiac signs (both incorrect), she plays football and hockey, and she enjoys cooking and cigars. Best of all, we live in a $1+ million house in a “middle class neighborhood”. NOW THAT’S FUNNY!

The best defense is a good offence. Create or update your Facebook account with nonsense information. That is the one sure way to make sites like spokeo even more useless. And anybody stupid enough to pay for info from them will get what they deserve.

May 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(37) Rick says:

I could not find myself on Spokeo, even though I joined. Several other people I looked up were not listed. The biggest problem I had, in addition to the privacy issue, is that 75-80% of the facts on those I did find were either Unknown or incorrect. Name, address, age, and phone number were generally accurate, although my wife was listed with her maiden name and address of five years ago. My 94 year old high school graduate father suddenly got an Advanced College Degree and became a Democrat! Ouch!

There is enough info missing or incorrect that the “service” is totally useless.I cancelled my subscription and demanded a refund which, of course, I will never get.

Don’t even waste your time and money on Spokeo.com. It’s a scam.

May 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(38) Bill W. says:

It doesn’t matter if you or your relative has never been on social networking sites or the internet at all. Public records are just that – public. This coming about because all those public records that used to require a visit to the data holder’s office are now online. This makes it easy for a site like this to gather the data into one profile. In real estate, “M” means million. The home values are probably coming from Zillow data.

May 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm
(39) wordman77 says:

The best way to protect your privacy is to have and use at least two different emails, one for primary use and the other for any Internet stuff.

One of the biggest misnomers about sites like SPOKEO is that they are invading your privacy. The information they display is everywhere. From property listings to phone listings to any and all government sites. Incredibly easy to access. The biggest boon for those sites is the ability to sell that information to direct marketing services. Well, to complete the package they need an email so they can contact you. If you provide a dummy email you never check you never get hassled. As for the other “private” info they have, if you have every purchased ANYTHING, gotten a Driver’s License ANYWHERE or purchased insurance of ANY kind, they have all that already. We live in a globally wired world, folks. The last person with total privacy was Ted Kazinski.

May 4, 2010 at 5:04 am
(40) Vicki says:

My rule of thumb when I want to register for anything is why do they want certain details if they want to send me something written they can do it via email and free email addresses are sold any way.

If they want my address I only give to sites when I’m going to physically send something other wise I don’t give it. Same with phone number. If there is no chance they are going to call me or I don’t want them to I don’t give it as it could be stored anywhere one you press that send button.

May 4, 2010 at 7:36 am
(41) ELLEN says:

I looked up my info and t iwas outdated; by at least 14 years.

May 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm
(42) Sarah says:

I see Intelius has an opt out option but you have to prove that you are who you are…WTF! They are giving away our info. for free and now I have to prove to them that I am who I am…FU!

June 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm
(43) Linda says:

I thought the exact same thing! Crazy!

May 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(44) None Yabusiness says:

This is putting people’s lives in danger!!! I could have been robbed and assaulted due to their listing that I am single, 30 something and living alone in a million dollar house! Much of the info is incorrect but still could put people’s lives in danger because they combine characteristics of the people along with full address and pictures!!! This has got to be illegal!!! Please, good lawyer get a hold of this and run! I set up this new email with fake info to delete every possible profile of people I know. They limit you so may need to create several fake emails for this purpose.

July 11, 2011 at 5:30 am
(45) stanza says:

Dear None Ya:
I sent to this site spokeo.com and did find 2 entries for myself.
When ever you find your self on some sort of snoop site, just go to the very very bottom and look for the tab labelled “privacy” and follow the directions and GET YOUR SELF OFF there. It is scary.

May 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm
(46) cats can dance says:

I know that some info is public access (when I bought a house, etc) but I don’t like having it so readily available. I also don’t like them profiting off of selling MY info. I have all of my info private – as it is from my friends and family only. How do they know that the person they are selling my info to is not some crazy stalker that I’ve moved 10 time to avoid. Yet there they are – handing him the info on a platter for $3!

May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(47) Lalarn says:

why is it that HIPPA laws prevent medical personnel from divulging info or even looking in a chart that is not part of direct patient care, but there aren’t laws preventing the web from broadcasting all this private and very important information?

May 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(48) leslie says:

I have followed the spokeo instructions to remove my information and my husbands information many times and they do not remove it.
I’ve sent them an email and they have not responded.

January 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(49) Lydia says:

Contact the BBB in Pasadena, I had to threaten to sue because of false info.

May 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(50) BA says:

Really, NO ONE reads the total facts anymore. ALL informatoin provided by Spokeo is FREE PUBLIC knowledge. Get over it. It is a pay website, if you are that lazy and desperate to buy someones information that you can obtain for free….Check with your local government to see just how much is public knowledge and then take a pill. If your nickname is listed then clearly YOU have posted it somewhere out there in the http://www.com world. Marriage certificates, mortgages, deeds, phone books, the list goes on and on.

May 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(51) Desi says:

I looked up my info and the only thing they have right is my name and phone number!! According to spokeo I live in Lawrenceville, GA, have children, make 75k a year and own a home worth 385k. I WISH!!! :P

May 5, 2010 at 1:28 am
(52) Emergent says:

Don’t be fooled peeps, this is only round one of this technology. A lot of the information is indeed inaccurate, out-dated, way off the mark, etc, but check back in 6 months and it will get better. Check back in 2 years and they will have satellite images of the last place you filled up your gas tank… Technology moves very rapidly, and WE must move even faster to prevent these ‘aggregators’ from spoiling our fun. and btw, ‘having nothing to hide’ is no excuse to conform to invasion of privacy… good luck

May 5, 2010 at 10:30 am
(53) Terrie says:

It’s terrible this is a trap for all of us.This could trigger a lot of robberies and assults and child luring something nees to be done although it nice to have millions for awhile but you don;t!

May 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(54) Kristin says:

My mother does not use a social networking site. She has never been listed in the phone book etc. She has always been very careful on what kind of information she gives out to everyone. She is on here. Granted the address is no longer valid, nor the phone number. Explain to me though how someone can find another’s credit information without knowing his/her SSN#? How is it okay to put that my sister is a single, white, female in her mid 20s living in a $1m home with the correct address when she is married with kids and definitely does not have that kind of money? Thats the kind of information a predator would love to see and use.

May 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(55) Silent Bob says:

I’m glad that we can all see the humor in the incorrect information being displayed on this site. But I strongly suggest that we do not get to comfortable in their inability to know all the dirt on us yet. These types of things take time, they’re gathering information on a lot of people. If something isn’t done about this website soon, what will it be like 10 years down the road? By then who knows what information they will have access to. Don’t brush this off as silly stuff, all dangerous things have to start somewhere. This site is only a few years old, we should probably get it snuffed out, and any others like it, before it can gain any more ground.

May 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(56) T Lovett says:

I posted the warning and someone left a comment you have to Join before you can edit information or remove yourself on Spokeo.

May 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(57) BJ says:

SPOKEO and other sites listing addresses, phone numbers, and the AGES of old people are setting these old folks up for burglary, home invasion, and murder. Are the website owners stupid or is it just greed?

May 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(58) mary says:

this should not be legal. we work so hard to keep people from identity theft and now sites like this make it easy.

there needs to be laws against this sort of things…

May 6, 2010 at 4:08 am
(59) Ashleigh says:

My mother does not use a computer and does not even have an email address, but her info. is on Spokeo, including her address and residence shown on google maps. It even had her interests! Unbelievable!

I just came across the site tonight and it had sooooo much info. on me, and I do not have twitter, Facebook, or MySpace accounts. But it had my playlists from Pandora radio!! Forunately, I don’t listen to anything questionable, but it’s really wierd seeing that online where anyone can also see it.

I am going to do my darndest to remove my profile and tell my friends and family to do the same!

May 6, 2010 at 11:46 am
(60) Fiona says:

Spokeo is invading our privacy and putting individuals in danger of theft, assault, stalking, or worse. These kinds of sites should definitely be illegal. I have checked the other sites mentioned in this blog post, and I am amazed to see numerous entries for myself, including my unlisted telephone phone number and address. The source fo such information? The White Pages! People Search! etc. You have to go to each site and have your info removed. Let’s hope they comply with our instructions. Spokeo is also clearly a marketing tool to sell the Reputation Defender product. They are guaranteeing themselves a client base.

May 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(61) David says:

The point is not whether this information is available elsewhere. Without services like Spokeo, gathering this data takes a fair amount of work. The locks on your door don’t make it impossible for a criminal to get in – they make it hard. Spokeo is the equivalent of giving a burglar free crowbars and lockpicks.

May 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(62) Missy says:

I followed the instructions to remove mine and my husbands listing and they failed to send the email to finish the process. They information they gathered is also totally false and we don’t have facebook or myspace or have filled out any surveys or the like for them to get this information.

We are now in the process of filing a law suit against spokeo.

May 7, 2010 at 10:33 am
(63) S says:

What I find funny about this site (and some of the others) is that they are supposedly taking this information from public information sources, like the county appraisal offices, and also from social networking sites (where you put up the info yourself)…however, most ALL of the info about me is completely incorrect. I haven’t lived where it said I live for over almost 10 years, and that home is most definitely NOT worth what they say it is. It also lists completely made-up people living in that home as well. And the hobbies? That is just completely fabricated. They must not be very good at conducting these searches for your information…

May 7, 2010 at 10:48 am
(64) Jeff says:

and guess what folks now they have your name and valid e-mail address …. anyone want to buy a list?

May 7, 2010 at 11:02 am
(65) hahaha says:

They have my name as the only one in the USA and with a post office box and address I never had but in my city. I will have to pay them and reveal myself to them in order to find out if any of my actual information is associated with that profile and someone using it to make contact as me.

Well, I am not going to fall for the scam of giving them my real info in order to correct fake info, as well as paying them. sheesh!

May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(66) Loni says:

I can’t believe my husband never told me his polish parents are actually middle eastern!!

This site is terribly inaccurate- i love the juxtaposition of a 600-800K house in a below average neighborhood as well. As if!

May 8, 2010 at 7:44 am
(67) Patricia says:

My husband is not on any social networks. He’s anti social networks and his name pops up with the same info as others so this has nothing to do with facebook or other social networks. However, I do suggest you don’t post or give certain info on these social networks that you don’t want shared. I’m wondering if facebook pics show up or since I have them all checked as only friends can view, if that will stop them from being viewed.

May 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm
(68) UNKNOWN says:

There needs to be a MAJOR LAW SUITE against this company or websites that is collecting person information.

May 9, 2010 at 11:39 am
(69) patty says:

Some of the info listed may have been provided by … you! If you’ve ever entered a contest or sweepstakes at the mall or participated in a survey, that info is sold no matter what they tell you.

I’m concerned about privacy like everyone else but there is hardly anyway around it anymore.

May 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(70) Me says:

Spokeo DOT com will “aggregate all the publicly available information about a person and sell it to anyone who is willing to pay with payday loans or otherwise … ” … i think “AGGRAVATE” is a better word, too funny, these folks are desparate for a buck, good luck ) … the pathetic is that they thrive on comments similar to my own and other folk’s remarks, but the enlightening factor is the majority will be removing their listing, and again, very humorous, good techie vs. lame techie, no big deal. People, it’s very easy to remove your listing, and though you can’t win against the fool geek to completely remain private, it’s best to turn the other cheek and live life to the better advantage, do what you can to eliminate the mass pessimist beyond the Internet, life in its natural form truly does exist, take heed to the advice, xx

May 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm
(71) Yo says:

(44) BJ says:
“SPOKEO and other sites listing addresses, phone numbers, and the AGES of old people are setting these old folks up for burglary, home invasion, and murder. Are the website owners stupid or is it just greed?”

check out the comment from “Me” … it is the Spokeo developer(s) who are incompetent and greedy – the “Old folks” (of whom you will be someday, along with everyone else;), are the ones who take ownership to having lived the good life, meaning they will rarely ever subject themselves to losing their privacy unless they took such effort to do so … Internet, good and bad, is at your control – check your account privacy settings with each social networking site you join, be public or private, your choice, your gamble, your private oasis.

May 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm
(72) sCI.fi says:

ok, here’s the deal, we all knew this was coming along, and the not-so-distant future is here, so … to stay as private as possible — keep your landline phone non-published, sign up for caller ID, if you join a social networking site make sure you go directly to the privacy settings at start-up, use common sense … these days it’s best to be as private as possible, stay close to family and true friends whenever possible (afterall, it isn’t always easy where family is concerned ;) … one-on-one contact with those you trust, that’s life in the current, not much more to say than that, take care unless you’re a demon, tata

May 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm
(73) FewWords says:

Spokeo is the paparazzi of the cyber underworld, no big, just go to their site and to “privacy” – click and follow directions, you’re gone, good choice.

May 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(74) Rodney says:

Three uncomfortable thoughts about what Spokeo is about:

1. They want you to sign up to see what information of yours is available.

2. They partnered with (or are one and the same with) ReputationDefender.com, and they’re trying to get you scared enough to pay them to keep your info off of Spokeo and other similar sites.

3. They want you to click the privacy button and give an e-mail address so they have a complete record of which e-mail addresses correlate with which data. Sure, they’ll take your page down, but now they can sell your data WITH a contact method.

May 13, 2010 at 12:00 am
(75) Tiffany says:

o.k. i see that this is scary but, half the info they had was not true. something needs to be done. i never saw where to delete my info. there is a cost to get peoples info. best of luck to all.

May 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(76) Patricia says:

This is a scare tactic….relax. Is is wrong and dangerous? you bet! They want you to put in your email address and attach it to your “false” information. You give them confirmation that you exsist, Then the spam will start. most of the info is available through your city or public record…and your $$ are just a guessimate on thier end I suppose. Make sure privacy setting are on your Facebook and all other accounts. ;-)

May 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm
(77) April says:

Wahhhhh I don’t exist, or maybe this only applies to the US????
Thing is, if they can get the info so can anyone with a computer and a bit of time.

May 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm
(78) Mike says:

I think that this sight is the stupidest site ever I mean u post all of the facebook pictures and everything how could u do that anyway

May 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(79) Jason says:

how is it that spokeo has me down for 2 different locations which are relatives of mine but I don’t there and my info is wrong. Also has my deciest father at the wrong address?

May 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(80) Dahl says:

When I look for ppl in these search sites. It usually gives me little information and then asks me to pay for any additional info. Mostly small amounts but it gives pause if I really want to spend money. As a landlord or employer I might pay the 5 bucks.

It is frustrating when I am looking for info, but I am grateful when YOU are looking for me LOL

May 16, 2010 at 2:51 am
(81) Mark says:

The people clamoring to have the Attorney General shut the site down are missing the point. This is simply accumulates the info, it doesn’t go out and grab stuff on its own.

In addition to any classmates.com or facebook info you entered years ago and thought you deleted, your phone book info is public knowledge back for decades, the census info on what type of neighborhood you live in is public record, the gov records on when you applied for unemployment is public record, etc.

deleting it from spokeo isn’t going to change any of that, all the sources are still there and the other aggregators still have it.

May 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(82) leigh says:

A lot of people seem to be confused about where their info comes from. If you subscribe to a magazine on home improvement, then spokeo will say “enjoys home improvement” on its lists of information about you. If you subscribe to anything, they will have it. If you belong to a group, enter a contest, use a credit card, own a car, have a drivers license,etc.If you shop online or use a catalog, those companies share your info. Your voter registration info is public. Your D.L. info is shared/sold by your dept of trasportaton. Unfortunately, it is up to us to tell everyone we do business with “not” to share our info. Also, if you use a discount card you are often agreeing to let them do it. And nearly none of them openly tell you that they share or sell your info. Even your grocery store does it and keeps track of what you buy.

May 19, 2010 at 3:52 am
(83) SPRQ says:

I was curious and did a search on myself to find most of their information was wrong. I was alarmed to see their site could have the correct address and also a “wealth” meter. What could a thief want more? Beware of this site! I can see the lawsuits bringing them down.

May 19, 2010 at 8:20 am
(84) DrEvil says:

Most people are forgetting one vital thing… no-one is even remotely interested in your pathetic little lives… get over it.

May 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(85) Bee Good Now says:

Well, I just spent the last couple hours reading up on this site, finding our data, trying to delete it from their site (nearly impossible – it said openly that it had nothing that matched any of the URL’s I put in), and following links mentioned above to see what they had as well.

There are two reasons I really object to Spokeo.
First off, even though they do not ask for info themselves, they can obviously access one heck of a lot of public databases, including some (Amazon is listed!) that say they don’t sell your info. What – they give it away instead?
Secondly, this seems to be a front page/portal to sell another software program called Reputation Defender. For a small tidy sum, they’ll “protect” you from the big bad Spokeo’s of the internet world. All I see is another person gathering yet more current data, but charging you for it.

Seems to me, given the crummy links Spokeo offers to “remove” your data, requiring no other verification than an email address, they are simply culling out older emails, keeping your data nice and fresh. What better way to sell it to someone else….

My Conclusion – while disturbing to see so much data in one place, it does seem only to pull in other databases from your current internet activity. There is a lot of inaccurate info on ours, probably the result of decades-old survey data that it must’ve integrated. At least there were no mystery kids in there – just a couple people I wasn’t related to – they have the wrong name data (prob someone with the same name). However, it would seem to only validate their online presence and provide them with even more personal data to attempt to use their “removal form”. Waste of time.
Your time would be better spent going to sites you do frequent, like Amazon, other shopping venues, etc, and checking their privacy policies and/or requesting your data to be excluded from the stuff they sell or rent.

May 20, 2010 at 8:01 am
(86) stanley Kerns says:

I am quite comfortable with the life I have led and have no problem with anyone interested knowing I like gardening–having had my home on the garden tour twice I rather suspect most know it anyway–as Abraham Lincoln (a man smarter than you) said: “You wouldn’t object to what others think of you if you knew how seldom they did”.–Lead a life you can be proud of. Right now our country is loosing a hundred billion dollars a year to the task of supporting the entitlements of illegal aliens–and when anybody wants to do something about it the first thing the pro illegal freaks start screaming is something or other about “privacy”–folks, the cat is out of the bag–the privacy of the 1800′s is gone–we all have windows in our houses, if you don’t want somebody to know something–don’t do it. Final thought, I “checked” several friends and found nothing objectionable listed–I question they list “bad” things.

May 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(87) Search engines are criminals says:

I am currently job hunting – many employers google people or use search engines to find out about people – I am listed as a member of the household of an exspouse (divorced 25 years) and their current spouse in several states where I have never even lived! I think I should be able to sue companies that have information like this available that is obviously not true!

May 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(88) Liz says:

I’m in the Information Technology field. This bothers me greatly. It’s not about being “ashamed” of the life we’re leading, it’s about our right to privacy, identity theft. It appears no one in Congress is dealing with this, and apparently will not, at least until their private information is stolen and used unscrupulously. The American people need to unite and fight this disease. I see all of the lengths companies go through to protect company documents. Knowledge is power and if your personal information gets in the wrong hands, those hands will have power over you, too.

May 31, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(89) Old Crack Whore says:

uuummm, well i like to say they pretty much tell every thang about u. Kinda like background checks or whatever
baby!

May 31, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(90) JAN says:

ahahahaha first of all they have me listed under my boyfriend of 22 years last name, which isnt and never has been my legal last name, plus they have me living in my house 17 years (which is correct) but state that the house was built in 2002 HUH????

June 1, 2010 at 9:59 am
(91) SAHM says:

The site displays things from accounts set to do not share/private, such as pictures. Once Spokeo caches your information, going back to change you settings to “private” does not help. Once they have the info, they have it!

I found that erasing the pics Spokeo was displaying off the original account I posted them on took them off the Spokeo results.

@stanley Kerns:

Living a good life does not help you one lick when someone choosing to believe lies about you regardless. And your “experience” on Spokeo does not invalidate what other are objecting to.

BTW, as of yesterday (5-31-2010) the site still provided personal addresses & maps to homes not shown in phone books even though H. Tang claimed otherwise on CNN.

June 2, 2010 at 11:19 am
(92) Deidra says:

Spokeo will only give information found in the phone book. I tried it and the information is not accurate and will not provide the name of a cell phone owner.

June 5, 2010 at 2:13 am
(93) W says:

@Terry- This is simple. You set up an email address with a fake name, and use that as your spam email, and when you want to leave a comment on a site such as this, you just use your spam email address. Never ever give your REAL email address.

June 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm
(94) Dejavo says:

Spokeo is a dangerous site. Once you remove your info if others are listed with you then they have to request removal under a different e-mail address. No 2 people can use the same e-mail address. It’s still really easy to look people up. Property taxes are great, then Google the address, find a picture of the house etc. You can go to other sites and find out who paid what for their house, names, tax rates etc. Removal one by one is a must. Not much you can do about property tax info. All you need is an address and the net takes care of the rest. You can make it more difficult to find the info but everyone is there it’s just the degree of exposure that’s scary.

Ain’t the infomation age grand……………..

June 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(95) Kevin says:

I did a little (very little) bit of digging and found that spokeo.com is owned by Landis Holdings, Inc. Landis Holdings also owns Hosting Zoom (a website hosting company), JaguarPC (also a website hosting company), and surprisingly (read: sarcasm) they also own R1Soft which does data backup for companies like Cisco, Hostmysite.com, Michigan and Rice Universities, Springs Hosting, United Hosting, Defender Hosting, and tons of more companies that have lots of personal information about people.

This company is synergistically abusing public information, but there could be some criminal element to it if they are using data that is only supposed to be backed up for their customers.

June 10, 2010 at 1:05 am
(96) Day Star says:

I think it is an invasion of privacy because we did not give them permission or allow them to use our personal data. It is collected by Spokeo. Spokeo collects their data from a deep web crawler, a lot more proficient than a standard search engine. You can read more about them here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spokeo

If you go to http://www.spokeo/privacy to remove your data…after you put your URL it will come up with a message in red that says…In order to prevent abuse, we must limit the frequency of privacy requests. Please try again tomorrow. Government officials please use your @.gov email address for priority processing. I think it is a ploy to get you to register and pay to have data removed. Go down to the very bottom, it is in small letters, to contact; you can write to them personally about removing your data. They will give you a bunch of bull, don’t get frustrated and give up, be persistent. Keep writing to them over and over with request. Good Luck.

June 10, 2010 at 6:29 am
(97) Stephanie says:

I’m not too terribly worried. I showed up as a 40′s hispanic woman, married, with kids. I’m not any of those things. The only thing they did have right was my OLD address where I haven’t lived for years, and anyone can get that out of a freaking phone book anyways, so whatever.

Of course, I’ve always been pretty cautious about what I put on the web, because I’ve always understood once it’s out there, it’s out there for good. I even use a special e-mail address for stuff I think will get me put on spam lists. It’s worked pretty well, and I can even identify which site is being a jackass by altering my name slightly each time. Then I stop going there.

June 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm
(98) Ann says:

Wi do u hav 2 pa 2 c pepl’s info anewa? du, $ is not important!

June 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(99) The Wise One says:

My advice to everyone that made comments is to report this Scam site to the Better Business Bureau. They charging to give people inaccurate info

June 29, 2010 at 9:19 am
(100) jojn johabib says:

This is NOT OK ,because of the excuse that it is public record.

There is a huge difference between going to the courthouse to get records and click of the mouse. All these data sites should be illegal. anyone anywhere can get info, the accuracy is irrelevant.

July 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(101) mandy cat says:

I managed to get my husband’s information and my own deleted from spokeo but it took several rounds of emails and the use of phrases such as “joining pending lawsuits” and “complaint already filed with the Attorney General of the State of California.”

July 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(102) DONNA says:

I checked it out and they have old data, some very incorrect data, and some that made me laugh. According to their data, I’m not only married but both of my husbands live with me in the same house.

August 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm
(103) Marcia says:

I removed my information and a family member’s, too. Their character recognition code to submit didn’t work, so I emailed them the necessary information. I told a few other people, and they had the same issue getting an automated removal, so they emailed, too.

August 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(104) Betty Harrison says:

Thanks for the heads-up. After finding a charge on my credit card, I looked up the site. Not only did I not authorize the charge, but their info is all wrong. I looked up my family members, and this is a scam. Everyone in CA with my exhusbands’ (common) name, apparently has the same face! Haha, what a joke!

August 31, 2010 at 11:13 pm
(105) Shannon says:

Erased my parents’ off of Spokeo. And they’re glad. :D In my mom’s profile, it told me she didn’t go to college and in fact, she went to college. WTH?!?!?

September 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(106) Victor says:

My name is Victor, and when i cheked my bank statement Spokeo.com had all my credit and bank information, without my permission they charged me 35 Dollars and 50 cents, i went to my bank and showed them this decrepansy, how can they do this to me? im retired and on a fixed income, i tried to email them but my computer said there was not such email address. I said to myself what a ripp. Therefore they are being investigated by my Bank and their associates.
Very Trully Victor

September 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(107) Victor says:

My name is Victor, and when i cheked my bank statement Spokeo.com had all my credit and bank information, without my permission they charged me 35 Dollars and 50 cents, i went to my bank and showed them this decrepansy, how can they do this to me? im retired and on a fixed income, i tried to email them but my computer said there was not such email address. I said to myself what a ripp. Therefore they are being investigated by my Bank and their associates.
Very Trully Victor

September 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(108) ellen wilverding says:

under my name you have daryl and another name. the other name doesnot belong with my name. The names of my kids are dennis denise and daryl which is no longer living. would like to see it corrected.

EllenWilverding

September 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(109) Mike Flaherty says:

Spokeo is truly an invasion of privacy, not just because it contains accurate information, but also because it “pretends” to contain (and charge extra for, BTW) information that is totally inaccurate. Could there be a class action law suit afoot? For instance, they list me as having only a high school education. Fact: I have a masters. They list my ex-wife living with my brother,…my nephew having children (he doesn’t),… etc, etc. Hey, I object to accurate info being sold, but I abhor inaccurate info being sold about me for a profit. Hey, Spokeo, I discovered the cure for cancer, I’ve actually spoken with God and he said I am the second coming of Jesus. Put that in my profile. Oh,…BTW, I know the meaning of life. Post that Spokeo.

September 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(110) Spokeo CEO says:

O yee subjects of little faith.

Yee doth hath no one to blame but thyself.

September 27, 2010 at 10:53 am
(111) Mendel Potok says:

I’m super weary of these social websites, there really is no way to keep your info 100% safe.

October 9, 2010 at 10:01 am
(112) jim green says:

this , spokeo IS A SCAM, they got me for 34.50 and I cannt even get on the dam site . please everybody check this site out before buying it. you only get 5 check for info a month . very sorry pepole to deal with .RIP OFF

October 29, 2010 at 6:09 am
(113) aaron says:

I AM ANGRY AT THIS STUPID,MISLEADING SITE CALLED,SPOKEO.
I OR ANY OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS NOT MUSLIM AND SPOKEO
SHOWS OUR RELIGION AS MUSLIM. ALSO, I AM NOT ARAB AND IT SHOWS ME AS ARAB. IT IS DISGUSTING TO SEE FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. IT PUTS US AT RISK OF DISCRIMINATION AND POTENTIAL DANGER.
IS THERE A WAY TO GET THESE FALSE DATA REMOVED? IS THERE A WAY TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SPOKEO?

October 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm
(114) anonymous says:

Hello, due to a stalker issue who spent 4 years in prison for stalking and threatning to kill me I had to move, change jobs etc.
I was shocked to see all my information, my childrens information, my new address with even a picture map to find me on that website.

I have contacted them to please remove all my information. I sit here crying because I have never had a myspace, or facebook or anything because I live in fear of being killed. How did they get mine and my familys info? How did they get my hobbies etc.?

I pray they remove our information. Please can someone tell me do I pay for it to be removed like they suggest? HELP

January 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm
(115) anonymouse says:

A few months late, but I hope you and your family are safe. Have you considered changing your name? It’s drastic, but then so is having to move for fear of your life. The info should *not* cost you anything to remove. I’m not sure if they’d be able to tell you where the information came from, but it’s worth it to ask.

I’m betting it’s someone else listing info on you, like maybe a friend lists all their friends and a few details about them. Sometimes the info trawlers get lucky with matching up the info.

Whereas in my case, they’ve listed my income as nearly $500k (I wish!)

Good luck with getting your info secured, and best wishes for your continued health and safety.

October 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(116) viewer says:

To remove your name from the Spokeo site, you must click on the Privacy link at the bottom of the page. You will then be promoted to provide the URL, your email address, and to type in the code provided. According to the site, you will be sent an email with additional instructions. Will they remove it or keep email info private? I don’t know. I don’t trust the site.

November 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(117) JACK LANGHALS says:

DON’T SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY!

November 3, 2010 at 11:46 am
(118) margie says:

I looked up my name and it does not appear on SPOKEO but my husband’s does along with our address. It says we own a house gee… I wish someone would have told me that..lol. It says he is single with no kids and are married with children. I tried ot find the link to delete his information off with no luck.

December 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(119) Lily says:

I think I need talk with the News City and Attorney here inside the base… cuz Im looking some person Names with my adrees WoW I live inside the Army base!! why does people has my home adrees …

December 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(120) cecilia g. Hupt says:

Acording to statistics, I am 92, a list of my 6 are at raandom, some correct, otehrs repeat and a son 109. He advances every yr in age. Address and 2 phones correct. My husband still alive, 16 yrs decesed, My BEEF. I like to cook recipes from the Cooking Channel (new) To take print them amd view, I guess, I must put in my cell phone, which rarely used. Put in a false number. Answer: the recipe will be sent by TEXT. In old computer days you asked and received by screen. As a psych mkt research interviewer for 40 yrs also products I was rarely turned down. I

December 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(121) cecilia g. Hupt says:

Acording to statistics, I am 92, a list of my 6 are at raandom, some correct, otehrs repeat and a son 109. He advances every yr in age. Address and 2 phones correct. My husband still alive, 16 yrs decesed, My BEEF. I like to cook recipes from the Cooking Channel (new) To take print them amd view, I guess, I must put in my cell phone, which rarely used. Put in a false number. Answer: the recipe will be sent by TEXT. In old computer days you asked and received by screen. As a psych mkt research interviewer for 40 yrs also products I was rarely turned down. I

December 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(122) Cecilia G. Haupt says:

I want some recipes from New Cooking Channel, but must put in my CELL PHONE # and info will be texted to said #.Privacy?!!!! Personal info: My six children are an assortment, repeated persons, live in wrong areas, strange names and I have a son listed as 109. I am 92. My deceased husband increases age yrly. Address and phones okay. 40 yrs as a psych and product mkt research interviewer I was rarely turned down. No telemarketers at that time. Tel bans are not for all inquiries, calls made from business selling offices do not go through, but calls from private residents selling same product do even selling a .Donations primary, political,and surveys. ID is a great help before and after a call.I welcome any questions on my published novels, but would like to be ‘permitted’ recipes without violating my privacy.

December 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm
(123) Sharon Henry says:

I happened to look up my information on SPOKEO and found that my cell number is on there. I have been put on the list to have it unpublished. Where do I complain?

December 20, 2010 at 1:11 am
(124) RIA says:

YOU MIGHT BE COLECTING ALL THIS INFO FROM PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT FOR YOU TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER ON ONE SIGHT FOR SOME CRAZY PSYCHOPATH TO GET THE INFO…. YOUR MAKING IT EASY FOR THESE CRAZY PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT STALK AND HARASS AND PLAN ATTACKS ON OTHERS…. I WAS TRUELY FREAKED OUT WHEN MY GIRL FRIEND TOLD ME ABOUT THIS SIGHT… I WAS TELLING HER ABOUT A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH SOMEONE AND HOW I DIDNT THINK I TOLD HIM WERE I LIVED OR ANYTHING ABOUT MY CAR AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WAS GUESING CORRECT INFO AND I DINT KNOW HOW HE GOT THE INFO….. …… STALKER……….. BECAREFUL ALWAYS WATCH YOUR BACK EVEN WALKING INTO YOUR OWN HOUSES…..

December 30, 2010 at 12:23 am
(125) JoAnne says:

This is the work of The Patriot Act – when you get a mortgage or loans, you have to give up information to be able to get a loan – we’ve been asleep and now we’re paying for it.

January 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm
(126) DontGetIt says:

Can we get the names of the spokeo.com owners and officers so that we can post them all over the place including the restrooms at the local bar. F— these guys!

January 2, 2011 at 10:51 am
(127) Junette says:

After reading about Spokeo.com on Facebook, I went down to the bottom right…it was there…the word “Privacy” and I clicked on that and was able to remove my information. Pretty simple…but like you say, there are several sites ‘out there’ that are invasive.

January 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm
(128) Babs says:

It is a total invasion of privacy to have your information easily looked up..or seen AT ALL. With the theft of identy that is previlent and also the wish to have some part of your life not intruded upon, why is this type of thing allowed to proceed? I do not want my name looked up, my DOB listed, nor my address. If I want that known, I should be the only one giving the permission to whomever I wish.
I want all private information deleted and cannot find a delete button that allows this.
Do I need an attorney??

January 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm
(129) Babs says:

I just wish to add that I am forwarding this to others as I have heard the same complaint for a very long time now. Talk about INTRUSION..This is just horrible.
Bkacey@atlanticbb.net

January 3, 2011 at 12:17 am
(130) Nathan Smith says:

Did anyone ever consider this “facebook message” to be a scam? It’s an obvious marketing tactic to get you on their website, and buy reports about yourself, and if you are not listed you are just adding your name, and email address to their search engine in addition to your email address being sold to spammers. It has all the marks, including the fear tactics of your income and credit score being on the Internet. They can’t publish those things! It’s just based on an average for your neighborhood/city.

January 3, 2011 at 3:04 am
(131) Charles Langer says:

The thing is….you can minimize all you want about how this info can be gotten here or there……But, the privacy of Americans which is explicit to our constitution is being compromised by a great deal of these websites……..Word of Warning: there is nothing private on the internet….in fact as the power presence of the US deteriorates less and less out there really care about our constitution and the promises it holds. Wake up America, We are not in charge anymore.

January 3, 2011 at 10:01 am
(132) doris domingue says:

i have tried to remove my onfo from these people but it wont let remove iwill sue these for having this website

January 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm
(133) G.Peterson says:

I checked my name and came up with nothing.Maybe that’s because I have not lived in the Sates for awhile.Is this only stateside?

January 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm
(134) lee says:

how interesting, they say that they can only get online information, yet they have photos my friend never ever took off her computer…so they have invaded her privacy and accessed her hard drive remotely….

January 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(135) SLB says:

How are people paying for the ability to view a record? Don’t tell me you are adding fuel to the fire by giving Spokeo your credit card information.

January 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm
(136) Just me... says:

This is just silly. Go ahead and delete your profile. It won’t do any good. It’s a complete waste of time an effort since this ISN’T the only site doing this, and others have already been around doing exactly the same thing for many, many years.

It’s like using an eyedropper to put out a forest fire. Google it!

http://www.google.com/search?q=People+search&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

January 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm
(137) Anonymous says:

This site scares me! I use a program I found from Anonymizer.com, called Nyms. It allows you to create disposable email addresses. So if you’re ever on a site that you don’t want to give your email address, or in this case, have that site linked back to you so everyone can see, you would simply create a disposable email address. Otherwise, quit posting personal information on Facebook and MySpace. I feel like my privacy is so invaded!

January 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm
(138) Sheena says:

If you click on Privacy at the bottom right of the screen, under the map in small print, and follow the instructions it really does delete your profile.

January 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm
(139) joe dirt says:

You can also get a street level view of anyones home, even take a walk around there neighborhood and see the cars and all kinds of things. That is ANYONE who can be found on that site.

January 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm
(140) DDoll says:

Spokeo just told me I’m married with one kid. Relax ladies, I’m still on the market.

January 5, 2011 at 12:07 am
(141) anonymous says:

These are the culprits

Registration Service Provided By: Landis Holdings Inc.
Contact:

Domain name: spokeo.com

Administrative Contact:
Spokeo, Inc.
Network Administrator ()
+1.6263969499
Fax:
556 S Fair Oaks Ave
Ste 101-179
Pasadena, CA 91105
US

Technical Contact:
Spokeo, Inc.
Network Administrator ()
+1.6263969499
Fax:
556 S Fair Oaks Ave
Ste 101-179
Pasadena, CA 91105
US

Registrant Contact:
Spokeo, Inc.
Network Administrator ()

Fax:
556 S Fair Oaks Ave
Ste 101-179
Pasadena, CA 91105
US

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
ns1.mydyndns.org
ns2.mydyndns.org
ns3.mydyndns.org
ns4.mydyndns.org
ns5.mydyndns.org

Creation date: 04 Apr 2006 22:31:56
Expiration date: 04 Apr 2020 22:31:00

January 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm
(142) Valerie Isacks says:

Why be a wimp about it and just come out and say YES they do? Does it matter that the data comes from other records like government ones? Legally sure, but culturally westernized peoples – especially Americans – don’t want their addresses out on something so public as the internet. It would be one thing I think if the person getting the record had to pay and that all they get before that is a name and city – but they put your

Myself I always have it on such sites so only limited people can see it and yet they still got it somehow?

January 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(143) M Miller says:

did a search and found my 15 yr old listed .. used the privacy option to have her and i removed – so much for over 18 only

January 7, 2011 at 11:22 am
(144) Lynette says:

This is a smart site. All of this info is out there anyway and there is no privacy when techy-hackery-smartie pants are at the keyboard. Life will continue to evolve through this digital age and we cannot go backwards…unless there is complete destruction of the interweb/digisphere/electonical operations, which could happen. It will certainly be destructive and costly in the way of human life if it does. We shall see as life unfolds…

January 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm
(145) Steph says:

Tell me how private u can really make myspace and facebook or whatever. All the information dug up about me was from my myspace (which hasnt been touched in almost 2 years). And all the pictures and blogs it pulled up were PRIVATE on my myspace… figure that 1 out…

January 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm
(146) TJ WAWRZENIAK says:

There is no way to remove yourself from spokeo. They ask you to type in the letters to the right of the panel, but no matter how many times you correctly type in the letters, your request is rejected.

January 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(147) timmy says:

There is no way to remove one’s self from Spokeo. They ask you to type in some letters, but no matter how correctly you type in the letters, your request is rejected.

January 10, 2011 at 11:52 am
(148) lianna says:

It says that I’m married, but I’m not. It does list my home address that is accurate.But that’s it.

January 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm
(149) Paulietowtruck says:

How can this be legal?

January 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm
(150) Bri says:

Found my grandmother, who’s never once in her life used the internet, yet they had quite a lot of information on her.

I don’t see why they should be allowed to publish such personal info out in the open like that. Anyone could come along and steal someone’s identity, stalk the person, etc.

January 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm
(151) James says:

I think its funny! If my wife makes 238k and I make 238k, weres all the money???? Its just good humor. Its only a real problem if you purchase there product. Its almost like people search, only with more available options to chose from before you spend your money

January 12, 2011 at 10:33 am
(152) L. Weeks says:

Spokeo.com SELLS our personal information. They SELL my credit score, my address, the names of my family members, my “wealth health” (whaterver that means) to anyone willing to pay for it. This CANNOT/SHOULD NOT be legal. I am furious today becuase I tried to delete myself from spokeo and the only way I could do that was to pay to become a member.

January 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm
(153) John says:

I’m the son and grandson of cops. My family has protected countless citizens by arresting numerous murderers, rapists and other psychopaths. The government itiated a privacy program for govt. employees which in a nutshell makes their family impossible to find, however it only goes as far as their own address. In my case, when I turned 18 and moved out of my parents home, these sites got their hands on my info. My dad and I have the same name (I’m John Jr.) is it fair that I have to worry about a murderer getting released and looking for my father and finds me by chance? How great is it for that guy? Now he can kill me (the son of the cop who was doing his duty to the public). Who wins? The criminal. Victims of domestic violence, rape, attempted murder, stalking, and so on, can be found, is it fair to them that they can be found? Who wins? Criminals-2 Innocent lives-0. I’ve tried to look up the criminals that my family has locked up that have been released and to no surprise, I couldn’t find them, but I can find myself on dozens of sites that share more info about me than I know (my home’s value, estimated income, credit score, square footage of my home, bedrooms and bathrooms in it, satellite image on google maps that outlines how to get to my home, here’s the kicker, a street image of my house so you can see what color and kind of car I have, what color my house is and what my front lawn looks like just so you know you got the right house. What I’m saying is that it shouldn’t be limited to govt. employees, but for everyone. It’s impossible to determine who has and hasn’t been a victim. I think I’ve been petitioning this for 8 years now and no luck. No matter how many times some pompous *explitive* politician has told me it was lost cause, and how many times I wanted to give up, I still keep trying. Crime keeps going up, should cops just give up? Your information should be disclosed personally between you and whatever entity, not publicly with some website.

January 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(154) Mark says:

Don’t post your information online…. and no one is trying to kill you, so just stop loser.

July 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm
(155) Nick says:

John brings up a valid point. I’ve even seen websites dedicated to posting police officers addresses specifically. The data doesn’t necessarily come from posting information online. All of this information is public record and can be obtained from numerous sources.

January 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(156) John says:

To: Just me… You said: “This is just silly. Go ahead and delete your profile. It won’t do any good. It’s a complete waste of time an effort since this ISN’T the only site doing this, and others have already been around doing exactly the same thing for many, many years.”

You’re right, don’t do a damn thing about it because it’s a waste of time and wont do any good. You’re right, sit there and do nothing all the while knowing there is at least one avenue that you can prevent it from happening. You’re right, it’s a waste of time and effort. Really you’re just an idiot. I’ve deleted my information from sixteen websites and will continue to do so. Each site took me approximately a minute and thirty seconds to delete my information. So, out of the 24 years I’ve been breathing, in you terms, I’ve wasted approximately 24 minutes of my time and effort, which comes to about a minute for each year I’ve been alive. The sixteen sites I have deleted my information from are now sixteen sites that someone CAN’T use to find me and took about the same time as it would for someone to smoke three or four cigarettes… jackass.

January 14, 2011 at 11:50 am
(157) Bear says:

My info was fairly accutate, except since I have a po box, it showed my house as a tire store…lol, It took a moment to find the “Privacy” button…it is tiny, but it is there. It took less than a minute from hitting the button on the request to remove my info till I got the email to confirm my request. (I used a junk email address that I use just for junk.) I did a search for my info moments later and nothing showed up on the search. I think it is worth requesting to remove your info, but I would create an email address for the occation if you don’t have a junk email address already.

January 15, 2011 at 11:45 am
(158) jeannette says:

no need to join anything… clicking on privacy and copying the url… etc. and removing my profiles from the site all worked fine. it does seem like a drop in the bucket, but i think it’s worth it to do what i can to protect my privacy. we’ll see how much spam the junk email box i set up to do this receives now…

January 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm
(159) diane says:

Removing my info from Spokeo was not a problem at all for me, but what about the other above-mentioned sites (Pepl, etc.) ? I couldn’t find a way to remove my info there, and they are very similar.

January 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm
(160) Kallie Svensen says:

You are listing other names where I live

January 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm
(161) jeanette says:

yep…. spam went crazy after ‘removing’ my info from the website… most of the spam emails the junk address is receiving are doubles, probably because i removed my name from two different listings. i am amazed at what is available on spokeo… even without subscribing.

January 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(162) Twirrel says:

I have asked spokeo twice to remove information, and got the same “too many requests, try later” crap. They are nosy, invasive and should be taken off the internet. I am sick and tired of them. I contacted the BBB in Pasadena last time.

January 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm
(163) Denise says:

It’s not a matter of if someone is trying to kill anyone. It’s a matter of privacy. People who have families, assets and investments to protect have a right to see that who\what\when and where they have these aren’t given to any 14 year old who can paw a mouse. By the way, information is a beautiful thing but really can be dangerous when in the wrong hands. Read your history books.

Denise
IS-RIO

January 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm
(164) Brian says:

Spokeo only lets you erase two addresses on one email address. I need to know how to get them to erase other old addresses they have of me.

January 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm
(165) barbara says:

i agree with you completely, i have tried also, something needs to be done about this site.

January 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm
(166) ScrewThem says:

SPOKEO sucks sweaty balls.

January 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm
(167) Alice says:

I tried removing my information and it says it only removes a limited amount daily! I am appalled that they have a photo of my house!, my spouse, my kids.. now this is way beyond the privacy factor. I’m not a member of this but yet they have all my information. Who gives them to right to post anyone’s information?

January 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(168) SPYGAME says:

SPOKEO is ATT, spyware and patriot act rolled up in a nasty monster of a website that has the intelligence and accuracy of all things factual like the former “Commander in Chief”.

January 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm
(169) Lucy says:

I’m so mad at this website! Even though the info is kind of outdated it still shows houses my parents and myself used to live at that are practically mansions. These houses are heirlooms in my family and now who ever decides to look up our unique last name, knows everywhere we’ve lived and all it takes is one drive by to see how big the houses are.
This is ridiculous and unfair. They even said my dad lived in Cape Cod, which is even more ridiculous.

January 22, 2011 at 1:26 am
(170) Martha Hyne says:

I put my name in and I get NOTHING IS FOUND

But Ihave been getting messages in my E-mail box with other peoples’ names on the To: line. Two in fact, who have the same last name. So if I put my E-mail in to search I get one of those names. The info is not true for me, even the photo of the house is not mine. HOWEVER, the few photos-graphics at the bottom ARE all mine that I have used in PhotoBucket.
I don’t like getting those messages in my mail box with other people’s names on them.
Something is VERY WRONG with spokeo.com.

January 22, 2011 at 2:15 am
(171) Never mind what my name is, Spokeo says:

Spokeo is like Nazi Germany. They do what they want and we have to jump through hoops to change it…click on the Privacy button, enter the URL, if you don’t know what a URL is, click on this button… bla bla bla.
We can split the atom, walk on the moon, grow babies in test tubes & plant pig hearts in humans and Spokeo can’t simplify their opt out process! Remember the high road Spokeo? Why don’t you travel it? Otherwise, you’re practicing abuse.

January 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(172) griffinkid02 says:

I agree with the previous comments that I believe this site to be a scam geared to trick people into buying the privacy protection service. Clearly this site is very poorly maintained, with only enough(accurate) data to scare the bejeezus out of the average person. My biggest concern with a site like this, aside from the fact they are using a scare tactic to sell a worthless product is that while the less accurate most of this info is, the better. Unless it’s your boss looking. I’m employed by a car manufacturing company that shall remain nameless, and I know for a fact that the HR dept at our plant maintains MULTIPLE accounts on most social networking sights as well and accounts with several personal data collection agencies, for the express purpose of keeping track with us when we’re not at work. The only reason I know this is that I was a personal friend with one of the office staff who was tasked with keeping track of the info gained. What if my boss looked me up and found me listed twice, as a late 20′s F, AND a late 20′s M. This plant has demoted/terminated employee’s for acting outside the plant in a manor that the company deemed “undignified”

January 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm
(173) Sakariasen says:

I’m curious as to why Spokeo shows telephone numbers even when people I know pay for their phone number to remain unlisted. I also find it strange that other websites listed, not Spokeo, know an address of mine that I’d lived at for a very short period of time and had no mail sent to because I’d always kept another address my official address. I never used that address for anything.

Agree with the others who stated the obvious—it’s one thing someone to go down to a court house to try to go through the public record. It’s another to have all of that information available at the click of a button. Scary world indeed.

January 26, 2011 at 10:05 am
(174) John says:

BaHaHaHaHaHa! Spokeo says my wife’s hobby is cooking! That is soooooooooooo untrue!!

January 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm
(175) Diz says:

WHERE IS THE PRIVACY BUTTON???? YOUR INFO IS COMPLETELY WRONG AND YOU SHOULD BE STOPPED>

January 27, 2011 at 10:34 am
(176) rhonda says:

I checked myself out on spokeo.com and they had the fake name I gave to Walmart,when they ask for all your information,when getting your oil changed.They add two orders from a watch list,I have on amazon.com.Also a picture of my home.Being ble to track your purchases from amazon seems pretty beyond the realm.And the fact that Walmart information was there was a surprise.It was them because it was the only place I left that fake name,and am ask if it’s me every time I go back.

January 28, 2011 at 11:13 am
(177) Stan says:

The Spokeo.com scare is a scam. The warning has been going around Facebook, and I’m sure has acquired Spokeo’s site quite a few hits from curious and falsely-alarmed Facebook users. Half the information that I found about myself was either blatantly false or outdated, and the rest could have been found by anyone with a phone book. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone from Spokeo.com had started the post telling everyone to warn all their friends on Facebook. Hey, it’s cheap advertising.

February 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm
(178) silvio says:

not only can you get your information from other search engines. IF you filled out that application to remove yourself. you pretty much confirmed all your information to them. congrats for being an idiot.

February 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm
(179) Frank Finnegan says:

Our elected officials are being bought by the corporations, and they are selling our private information to the highest bidder, and making us unsafe: the Republican Party, and the so-called free market capitalists, are throwing the Common Good under the bus; they are invading our lives, and making us unsafe. With the bankers running both parties, who will defend us? When will medical, sexual, and political profiles show up? It won’t be long.

February 4, 2011 at 2:02 am
(180) Angry says:

The fact that the information is largely incorrect is not protecting you. I have been personally menaced because incorrect data caused me to be misidentified. It could happen to you, easily. The probability is that people have already suffered not just financial damage from identity thieves or robbers, but actual physical harm because of this site and the others like it. Just because no one has made that connection in law enforcement or the media doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened — I did not even know until this week that this site, or one of its identical twins, was the cause of my own experience. And if it miraculously hasn’t caused actual rape, murder or assault, it absolutely will, and soon. It is inevitable. Statistically, it is impossible for my experience to have been the only one of its kind. It could be you or someone you care about, easily. Unless you are suicidal or uncaring, you should care about that.

Some of the correct information I found on myself is not something I ever made public, posted online in any form, or would be part of “public records” such as might be found in real estate listings. Where did that info come from? Like my unpublished telephone number? What about people’s credit scores? [And did you know that frequent checking of your credit score actually has a negative affect on the score itself? So don't apply for a bunch of stuff (jobs, housing, credit cards, loans, etc.) too close together. But wait, now just any one can wreck your score just to be petty.]

February 4, 2011 at 2:06 am
(181) Angry says:

BTW, the Center for Democracy and Technology filed a complaint with the FTC accusing Spokeo of being violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Naturally, Spokeo snidely denies this. They claim all their info is from public sources, but credit scores are not accessed from any public source. And there are many instances of unlisted/unpublished telephone numbers being available through them.

All these sites make it incredibly difficult to completely opt-out. All of them, at least all the ones I have checked so far, are “partnered” to companies you can pay to remove you from these sites. Partnered means they get a cut of that money, too. They sell you coming and going. This is a gangster protection racket.

February 4, 2011 at 2:51 am
(182) Angry says:

Those of you who act as though everyone should just lay back and enjoy the rape because there’s nothing we can do about it be aware that just because these sites are growing in numbers now — Spokeo is certainly not the only one of its kind — does not mean they will continue getting away with it.

Lawsuits are being filed, and not just by individuals. Formal complaints have been filed with the federal government. Our president is trying to create a privacy rights law that will cover this issue.

If you want to see this, or something similar happen, contact your members of Congress saying you approve of such a law — big business interests will try to stop this so you must speak out now if you want a change.

However, be aware that if it reaches the docket folder stage any comments you submit into an online form will become part of the public record — so contacting your Congress people now will prevent your information from being harvested for the rightful exercise of your constitutional right to petition the government. It was through such “public records” (which should be redacted from search engines) that some of my information was gleaned by these sites.

Say these things to yourself: I will not allow myself to be silenced by these gangster thugs. I will not forfeit my rights. I will not be sold. Then do something about it. Today.

February 6, 2011 at 8:12 am
(183) stan says:

You can remove your name from SPOKEO
It’s easy

February 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(184) Tania says:

I was shocked to see my cell phone number in my listing because I don’t have it listed on my facebook page or my linked in page, I don’t know how they got it. I’ve had that number for years and don’t want to change it now if I start to get innudated with scam auto insurance calls, etc so am mad as hell they felt they had the right to publish it.

My info was inaccurate, other than that, except the address was 5 years old and my last name is now different. I also checked some friends/family and the info was inaccurate. I think they are pulling home values based on the area (maybe via real property tax records) as some people who rent were showing a high real estate value. I had a 35 year old friend showing as being in her 60s, apparantly my auntie and uncle (who are brother and sister) are married and my other female friend is in fact, a male.

Free speech withstanding, its not right for a site to publish information that is grossly inaccurate. There should also be a line drawn also in how that info is maintained. If your facebook page is private they should not be able to mine that info.

February 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm
(185) rb says:

SPOKEO IS BAD !!!! THEIR INFO IS INACCURATE !

February 12, 2011 at 12:08 am
(186) blah says:

Fight back! Create a website listing the people who own, operate or are employed by Spokeo; complete with pictures, addresses, phone numbers etc…. Oh and take the next step. List the same information for every person woho works for a telemarketing firm or direct marketer. Wanna have extra fun? Get the phone book, look up telemarketing companies, Call them and ask if they wanna buy stuff.

February 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm
(187) Millie says:

i thought as American , we deserved some protection from some low lifes, but i was WRONG AGAIN …. Spokeo , has all of my information WRONG …. i have tried to get it straightened out , WRONG AGAIN …. man we live in a poor society , when we find our dirty laundry on the internet but this is shame , at least on facebook i can delete it , this stuff is hurting me , well maybe the next election , the Congress will help us on it , one can only hope so ………:( duh

February 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm
(188) Jeryy Aldini says:

It’s just a more “in your face” glossy approach to Zabasearch. Public records and now gleaning of computer recognition of names on sites such as Facebook etc. What you give out will come back if it’s in a public arena whether it be public documents or public websites. Use a junk email address always and parents be cautious: If they are gleaning Facebook etc, don’t be surprised if your kids don’t show up here.

“Camp Mohawk Is For The Rich Kids”

February 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm
(189) dvldog says:

the spokeo site is a scary site.. bad news is if you are on there more than once or if you spouse’s and family members are on there it will only let you remove 2 of the postings then you have to pay them to remove the rest! that is some BS SCAM if ive ever heard of one. you got to pay for them to remove you lol

February 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm
(190) Ms. LaBonnie Copeland Allen says:

http://www.spokeo.com has reported inaccurate information about me and there should be laws against websites like this fake website. First it has my gender incorrect. I am a female. Then it has reported that I don’t have any children which is a lie. I am a divorced woman with 2 adult children. There are other things that have been reported inaccurately such as my income and other personal information. This is a fake website and the government should look into this website. Also, another website: http://www.mylife.com should also be reported because this website claims that my email address has already been used or taken by someone else and it makes no provisions for a person to report that his email address is being used by an imposture; and I’ve been using the email address in question for years both professionally and socially.

March 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm
(191) thenewjackieo says:

The site is very unique, and I believe every person is responsible for what they put on the web. There is no privacy if you post it. Deal with said consequences. There is something very negative I had to say about the site however…

I had signed up for Spokeo.com, and when you give them your credit card information, they automatically enroll you in Identity Force. It feels like a scam, or at least a misrepresentation. It’s all there in the small print if you look for it. $14.95 a month, to your credit card, for a service you didn’t want. That’s bad business practice, but they were quick to refund my cash.

April 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm
(192) livid says:

Ok enough of the “you put this out there so deal with it”. I have NEVER had a facebook, myspace, or any of that and never will. Any site I have ever used or given information to (such as when shopping) had a privacy policy, which stated that my information would never be released. Yeah, I check that stuff. Haven’t had a land line since…. can’t even remember. Occasional junk mail I can deal with, but this is ridiculous. I agree that I would prefer the information to be incorrect, however some of mine unfortunately is not. Besides social networking, walmart, (one more reason they should cease to exist) and vital records, where the hell does this crap come from?

April 18, 2011 at 7:19 am
(193) Tina Hoffman says:

I have previously successfully removed my info but just saw it listed again and was unable to remove with this response…

“In order to prevent abuse, we must limit the number of privacy requests per email address.
Government officials please use your @.gov email address for priority processing”

Is there a way to report this to anyone with authority to enforce privacy ?

April 25, 2011 at 3:01 am
(194) Grey says:

I make 50 grand a year according to spokeo I wish were

April 25, 2011 at 3:03 am
(195) Grey says:

Wish spokeo was right I make good $ on it

May 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm
(196) sarah says:

Can we sue them?

May 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm
(197) tagurit99 says:

Has anyone checked to see if the supposed credit scores are real? I think they are estimating them. It is actually illegal for them to pull a credit report or provide that service to anyone for a fee.

I found most of the info correct – it only had the first 6 digits of my phone # and the last 4 blank as my # is unlisted but it was still a bit unnerving.

May 30, 2011 at 7:32 am
(198) Jay says:

THIS IS CRAZY!!! WITH THE LITTLE REGARD THAT PEOPLE HAVE FOR HUMAN LIFE TODAY THEY SHOULDNT BE POSTING PEOPLE’S ADDRESS AND GIVING A COMPLETE STREET VIEW OF YOUR HOME… MY CORRECT ADDRESS IS POSTED AMY OLDER ADDRESSES ARE POSTED ALL SHOWING A COMPLETE VIEW OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD… ALL THE OTHER INFO WAS WRONG BUT THINKING OF BEING MURDERED OR ROBBED WAS MY FIRST THOUGHT WHEN MY HOUSE POPPED UP… AMERICANS ARE SO DUMB AND WILL DO ANYTHING FOR A BUCK… WHY WOULD YOU CREATE SOMETHING LIKE THIS????? NOT ALL PEOPLE ARE “ANGELS” LIKE YOURSELVES… SOME PEOPLE USE INFORMATION LIKE THIS FOR NEGATIVE REASONS…ONCE AGAIN SHOOTING OURSELVES IN THE FOOT AS IF WE DONT HAVE A SLEW OF OTHER THINGS TO STRESS ABOUT IN THIS COUNTRY
Signed:
TSgt. U.S. Air Force

June 4, 2011 at 2:29 am
(199) anonymous says:

One of these websites reports that I died in the 1980s … greatly exaggerated, as Mark Twain might have said.

That site also happens to display my completely accurate home address, along with a map and directions to my house. My coworker joked that they might as well set up a booth along the route and sell hatchets, while they’re at it!

As a woman living alone, I must say it’s funny, but it’s no joke.

June 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm
(200) GUNS BLAZING says:

The problem with this is even though this is not that accurate the parts of the site that are accurate like the fact your name, phone number, town you live, a photo of your house and street a detailed description of your town with photos and your Address are all there for cereal killers, con artists and robbers to stalk, rob and or kill you. THAT SCARES ME, luckily I have a giant 100 pound pit bull mix that will eat any one that trys to harm me in any way, and he means business don’t mess with my dog or you will be his dinner. He is very loyal to his people….

June 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm
(201) GUNS BLAZING says:

The funny thing is spokeo has me as a republican religious and married? I am a Democrat an Atheist and I have Never been married! So some of there information is way off….

June 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm
(202) No Name says:

I realize that a lot of the information is public. If you put the effort in and visit all the government offices you’re gonna find it all out.

There are plenty of obsessed ex-lovers out there, criminals and who hasn’t made a few enemies. You report a coworker for stealing at work resulting in them getting fired. Last you’ll see of them right? Next thing you know you’re getting threatening calls and someone slashed your tires in front of your house.

Most people would give up their search at the first hurdle. What these sites do it make it easy for them to find you. To make it worst it is your own banks, credit card companies, your employer and places that you order online are providing this information. Many companies claim that they only share your information with their trusted business partners. That’s anyone who pays.

It wouldn’t be too bad if these sites were industry only but anyone can use them. Plus the information tends to be wrong. I have found opting out can be a pain. Some you just submit your name and your off the search. Other sites they want you to send a copy of your ID, a full list of your last addresses for the past 10 years. Why should I give them this information so they can correct their information and sell it to someone else.

Notice the rich and famous don’t show up? Want off the search get yourself a lawyer.

June 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm
(203) GUNS BLAZING says:

GOV offices will give you some information but not photos of your house, what you search for on google and yahoo and a detailed description of your house. trust me my dad worked for the government his whole life I have detailed knowledge of how the GOV works! Now if we are talking “THE X FILES” then that is a diferent story, they know everything….

June 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm
(204) GUNS BLAZING says:

I meant a detailed description of your hometown not house my bad. As for what the site has right they have my address, my name, some of the people I live with, my home phone, a satellite image and an aerial view of my house and a description of my home town. that info can easily be used for cereal killers and robbers and some of that info you cant get from a GOV office. the other info I cant verify weather it is accurate or not, because I refuse to sign up and pay for a shady service. Not to go off topic but for any remaining Birthers if you go to the government building in Hawaii where you get your birth certificate and where they keep those records you can look up anybody’s birth certificates and certificates of live birth, so essentially anyone can see Barack Obama’s birth certificate witch like most states is actually a certificate of live birth or a certificate of birth and I assure any birthers they are all official and real and they provide you with the right to become president, or get a drivers licence, or for you to apply for a job.

June 24, 2011 at 1:50 am
(205) Edward says:

Becasue the information Spokeo.com publishes on the Internet is publicly available, what gives them the right to PUBLISH it to the WORLD without the individual’s permission?

Has any one heard of identity theft, home invasion, murder etc?

What rights do they have to sell that ionformation without permission and without paying royalties to those the information is about?

Congress needs to do something about this.

June 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm
(206) spokeo_is_a_scam says:

Spokeo lists my father, who died in 2004, at his assisted living home address, and also at an address. He never had an online presence, but California death records are probably online (he didn’t have a published phone listing). Is Spokeo boosting their database totals by listing dead people? Who pays them by the number of names listed?

I also suspect spokeo has somehow gotten unlisted phone records, and I think that stinks (my home number has been unpublished for 20+ years). Spokeo should also remove all references to phone numbers in the national do-not-call registry from their database. Their database is a gold mine for direct marketers, I’d bet they make a huge pile of $ selling access to their full database with names, phone numbers and addresses. My cell phone number (unchanged for 10 years at least) is listed belonging to someone else: I’m sure not going to correct them!

July 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm
(207) Ann says:

As an atheist, I’m most disturbed that they called me a Protestant. Really curious where they came up with that!

July 5, 2011 at 8:16 am
(208) amela says:

cam i get some help hot to limit peoples search for me on this spokeo website plz help!!!!

July 11, 2011 at 5:22 am
(209) stanza says:

~the spokeo.com site is cool if you are looking FOR someone but not if you are found on it. I agree with the person who wanted to look themselves up and indeed did find themselves on this site with photo of their residence and information. Whoever wants to delete themselves from the site I know how to do it and I did accomplish it.
The “privacy” tab is at the BOTTOM in the middle right of the tabs at the very bottom..just keep scrolling and you will find it at the very bottom. “copy ” and “paste” your http://information in the box provided, then give them your email(I I was a bit scared to give this out) address and then it send s that address an email(find it in “junk”) and you click on the space provided and look for the confirmation sentence. Yay! You deleted your information from one more snoop site !

July 15, 2011 at 6:04 am
(210) zilla2033 says:

GET OFF OF FACEBOOK!!! I thought it was just the beginning of a long process, but I saw my info at Spokeo and remembered a long list of other sites when I googled my self (with and without quotes), then thought the first step would be to deactivate my facebook account. I did so (it hasn’t actually been cancelled yet, just deactivated), and minutes later the same google searches lead to far less information.

Just get off of facebook! You can keep in touch with people that matter on the phone, get the hell off of facebook now. They’re the one’s providing information that they shouldn’t even have!

July 22, 2011 at 10:31 am
(211) Melissa says:

My address is not on facebook. I have two family members whose names are associated with on spokeo that don’t know how to use computers and we never talk about them because they are elderly. The ONLY way they could have gotten those names is by going through our mailbox in real life. For gods sakes, there’s a picture next to our house on there. WE didn’t post it anywhere.

They have our birthdates, our phone numbers (cell and home), address, online handles, email addresses, and more.

I’m not dumb. I know not to reveal that crap online, so I don’t. Its not facebook thats doing this. These jerks are doing something illegal.

July 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm
(212) Nicholas says:

Sites like these make it all too easy for some psycho from your past to find you. Is is going to take someone getting killed for them to finally realize how irresponsible this is?

July 22, 2011 at 10:17 am
(213) Melissa says:

OMG, I went to this site, and not only do they have our phone numbers (both cell phones and house), but they have our address and a PICTURE OF THE CORNER RIGHT BESIDE OUR HOUSE. Available for ANYONE to see. My husband has lived in that house for 14 years, and we are the only two people living there that know how to do more than type on that computer. And neither of us has EVER posted that picture so how did they get it? They have the names of everyone living there, and even of someone that died a couple years ago. Our birthdates. Our nicknames. They have our email addresses (ALL OF THEM). They even have our online handles. They even have my middle name. I don’t post my handle associated directly with my name ANYWHERE, not even on my Myspace or on Facebook. Heck, they have a picture of me from my youtube page. Nowhere online does it have my address directly associated with my name, or my handle, or my email. So what are these people doing to get this stuff? This cannot be legal.

July 23, 2011 at 5:04 am
(214) Steven says:

It amazes me that this thread is still going on. Regardless of how you feel about Spokeo, as has been stated several times, they are simply aggregating information that is publicly available. When you buy a house, that information goes on public record with the Registrar of Deeds. When you buy a car, that information is registered with either a county clerk’s office or department of transportation.

As for people freaking out about pictures of their houses, you can thank Google for that. Spokeo is simply using what Google has already developed, Streetview. Just go to Google.com and put your street address, city, state and most likely your house will show up unless you live in the middle of nowhere.

Just because a service makes obtaining public information easier doesn’t make it illegal. And if you have signed up for any social networking site, coupon site, etc., etc., I would bet you didn’t actually READ the terms of service agreements that basically state that anything you don’t explicitly protect or make private is fair game. So don’t be shocked when those embarrasing photos of Uncle Jimbob show up because your FB profile is set to share your pictures with the world.

So if you don’t want to appear on Spokeo or in Public Records, then crawl under a rock where you’ll be safe.

September 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm
(215) Debbie says:

You are so wrong!!! Almost all the info posted on my husband & myself on spokeo was so far from the truth! It doesn’t even match Public Records, or the county clerk’s office info!! If they (spokeo) are going to provide a service to the public, the info they provide should be accurate & 100% true & correct! So, in answer to your post, I have no intentions of “crawling under a rock to be safe” Freaks like that, look under rocks!! We are going to fight these Idiots!! Write your congressmen I have done everything by the book & legal. We do not have a facebook acct. or Twitter. We do not go to social networking sites, coupon sites, etc., etc., We have rights!

July 28, 2011 at 10:06 am
(216) Rania says:

Great article, thanks for posting.
Although Spokeo claims their mission is to “help people find and connect with others” it seems like their goal is to allow you to peek into the private lives of others- which can only be done by paying them for the info. Even more interesting is the original home page of Spokeo.com, which clearly displays the twisted ulterior motives behind the site:
http://blog.hudsonhorizons.com/Article/Is-Spokeo-a-Scam-How-to-Delete-your-Personal-Info-from-Spokeocom.htm

August 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm
(217) princess Layme says:

Ha! I am listed as a CAUCASIAN…. AAAAAHAHAHAHAHA.. but seriously, All of my immediate past info is displayed as if I said go ahead. Tell the WORLD exactly how to find me….. Killers included… Sad part is, many people like myself have come out of abusive relationships, only to walk into a QT out of the blue and end up standing next to someone you haven’t seen in over 15 years and was better off never seeing again in life!! It truly is very scary!!

And oh,I too go by an alias on all my social networking, for afore stated reason, but what good will that do, if the government outs you, a private citizen… How come I couldn’t find Beyonce’s info????

August 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm
(218) Susan says:

Spokeo.com has me listed as living in 2 places: one is as the spouse of my ex of for the past 11 years at a home I have never even entered. (We have been divorced 11 years) The 2nd address is accurate, but my phone # belongs to my ex.
Also, intellius.com has me living in the wrong city with alias names I never created and relatives I have never met.

It is obvious that true identities can be vandalized without one’s permission – in my case, leading to having your credit frozen, when I did nothing wrong

September 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(219) Dave says:

It would be nice if those who wrote these articles had a clue. Spokeo is taking photos of peoples homes and displaying that with personal information. They didn’t get those images of my home from Facebook or the phone book.
You can NOT simply request to have your information removed and have it taken down from their site. They only allow a single removal request per email. a week after I received a confirmation from Spokeo that my information would be removed it was right back on their web site again.

September 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm
(220) David Emery says:

No, Spokeo doesn’t take pictures of people’s homes. They list over 50 potential information sources, including real estate listings, not just Facebook and the phone book. All Spokeo does – for better or worse – is aggregate existing info.

October 16, 2011 at 10:03 am
(221) Gendeng says:

gendeng jeh

October 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm
(222) Lisa says:

I understand that this information is a matter of public record, but I don’t like the idea that any Tom, Dick or Harry can pay to access my credit score or my religion, whether the stuff on Spokeo is accurate or not. I tried to remove my info but the site wouldn’t allow it. This has the potential to be abused. It’s no laughing matter.

October 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm
(223) tina says:

`I THINK SPOKEO SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN NOW THERE ARE STALKERS EVERYWHERE AND THEY COULD FIND OUT ABOUT THIS SPOKEO WEBSITE AND TRACK US ALL DOWN I THINK WE SHOULD CONTACT THIS WEBSITE AND GET OUR INFORMATION TAKEN OFF!

EMIDIATLY!!!!!!!!!

October 30, 2011 at 8:24 am
(224) Scott says:

Ok, I understand all the public info but how did someone find my personal chat with my kids. I found a print out of my Gmail account my GF had and on the top it says:
“Is he lying to you? – Spokeo.com/uncover-liars – 1) Search his E-Mail address fast”.
How do I protect myself from this type of activity?

November 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm
(225) Concefrned says:

I just found my information on the site and it is ALL accurate…I am soo paranoid because someone stole my ID and I went through all of this trouble to remain non published. I don’t even use a physical address on my resume, yet my physical address is there. Also I changed my sons name at the age of 1, and his old spelling is listed. This leads me to believe that the information is more than just public record..Who would attack a child. I am NOT on face book but am on mocospace, tagged.com and Christian singles…wondering that when I enter in my credit card information, that is how they got me. What is more, I learned that they track IP addresses. So even if we ask for the removal, they only confirm our physical locations. Such as with this post..no matter who I say that I am, if I am transmitting from my home, they will Know. I was rapped and harassed at some point in my life, thanks to the internet..my rapist has constant contact info about me.

Thanks internet! Making easy for the criminals.

November 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(226) Jackie in Seattle says:

Spokeo, without my permission, charged my PayPal account $14.95. At first, I didn’t know who Spokeo is and I certainly did NOT authorize them to charge me for any services…which I did not use. PayPal settled it with Spokeo for me and I changed my password to one that I can barely type in from a cheat card…and I’m an expert typist.

Question: How the H*ll did Spokeo charge my “seemingly” private account? Did they use my password? If so, how did they get it? Must have been some effort on their part. I DO remember now, when looking at real estate sites, clicking on something that profiled the seller, but this was 6 months ago, and NEVER was I asked to subscribe to Spokeo or that there was a charge envolved when I clicked on what I thought was free, routine usage. Geez……

November 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm
(227) noniquet saintil says:

who gave to the right to invade my privacy, does hippa means anything to you. where is my lawyer

January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm
(228) Deb says:

If you read on there on how to remove your info, they will do it. They did it for me, most sites will.

January 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm
(229) goofyaesop says:

Spokeo.com does not fact check anything, including asking who is deleting the info. The website has had me listed at several addresses at one time, and much of the info was generated by someone assuming to be me or tampering with my identity. Now I cannot be found anywhere on Spokeo, but I was not the one to erase it.

February 16, 2012 at 6:50 am
(230) hello says:

1 cheese

February 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm
(231) Nadia says:

Great! Is this how my stalker found me? Guess I’ll be running forever. Youll see my story soon on “I survived” or worse, ” missing” on the bio channel.

March 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm
(232) kristy Feldman says:

someone stole my credit card info thru spokeo

March 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm
(233) stephanie says:

Posting my age has resulted in not being considered for a job. How can I keep my age from being broadcast. While interviewers are not allowed to ask your age, all they have to do is Goggle you while you sit there.

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