Monday, April 16, 2007

Hunting you down with your phone number

A friend forward me this email and I tried it and yes, my address came up. I didn't find it quite a scary as the originator of this email, but I don't like personal details about me out on the public domain. I also removed my number as per the instructions listed below.

Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and you will be given the person's name and address. If you then hit MapQuest, you will get a map to the person's house. Everyone should be aware of this! It's a nationwide reverse telephone book.

If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.

Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried my number and it came up along with the mapquest and directions straight to our house. I did fill out the removal form for myself, and encourage all of you to do the same. Quite scary.

Please look up your own number.

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: google
(http://www.google.com/ ) Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e. 555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.

Check your own number and although this may not apply to you if you have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact, but you may know someone who needs to know this.

5 Comments:

Blogger liv said...

wow. I'm not listed. even fewer men can call me now! hee-hee!

8:29 AM  
Blogger Peach Pod said...

Damn, you're funny!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Huh...no listing for me, either, nor for my sister, who has my late parents' number that's been the same for 30 years. Weird.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Idgie @ the "Dew" said...

Thanks for the info! I was listed and promptly put in a block.

By the way, thanks for listing the Dew on your site, always appreciated and I hope you enjoy it.

Idgie

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Whew! No listing for me, thanks for the tip, though. Probably something I will check every now and then to see if the "unknown address for this number" status changes.

6:56 AM  

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