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  1. Rhettman5.1

    Rhettman5.1 Thread Starter

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    I got this in a E-Mail, checked it out, and it's true... take a look !

    Please read the following information carefully.
    This is potential personal safety issue to be aware of....

    I checked several numbers this AM. You may want to follow these instructions and remove your number.

    From the Douglas County, GA SO

    There is a new feature that makes it possible to type a telephone number
    into Google's search bar, click the search button, and have a MapQuest page
    returned as a result. Any person wishing to discover the physical location
    of a phone number, be it a home or business address, could use this feature
    to locate a physical street address,and receive explicit directions on how
    to get there from anywhere in the country.

    One positive use of this feature could be to determine the location of, say,
    an adverse party for whom you may only have a telephone number. On a
    negative note, this feature could also be used by an angry party to find out
    where you live.

    Google has made available an option that will allow anyone to remove their
    telephone number from the database that is linked to the mapping feature.
    You will first need to check if your number is listed in this manner by
    attempting a search - entering your full telephone number separated by
    dashes (e.g., 404-524-5811). If the number appears in the mapping database,
    an icon resembling a telephone will appear next to the first or second entry
    on the results page. Clicking on this icon will take you to a page
    containing a description of the service, and a link to request your number
    be removed from the database.



    Lieutenant Rex D. Caldwell

    Kirkland Police Investigations

    office 425-828-1169

    I typed in my phone # and sure enough, there was my name and a link to a mapquest map to my home...pretty scary stuff !...Rhett
     
  2. Servant of Eru

    Servant of Eru

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    Can you imagine how easy it would make it for some pervert to locate you if you ever opt to do one of those dirty phone sex conversations with a stranger from the internet. Although, you'd have to be pretty stupid to give out you phone # to a complete stranger anyway!!! :eek:

    5700P1D!!!!!


    They had my addy and I'm not even located on any maps my road is so rural and small!!! :eek: :mad: What idiot invented this feature?!! :mad:
     
  3. hewee

    hewee

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    I don't show up. :)
    But my dad does but they have him living in the wrong place 20 miles away.

    Still be nice that the info they do have was not there but he has his name in the phone book and that is why you can find it online.
    I used dads name and the address that they had that was wrong and used the Google Phonebook Name Removal.
    It said...
    Your form has been submitted.

    Your removal request should be processed in approximately 48 hours.

    Thank you for using Google.

    Note: They did not have a house number but town and zip code for the address but the name and phone number was right.
     
  4. hewee

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    Anytime you call a tollfree phone number they get your phone number from you.
     
  5. Rhettman5.1

    Rhettman5.1 Thread Starter

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    did your dad move recently ??? They will update that addy next phone book, better just opt out now !...:) Rhett
     
  6. hewee

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    No he is on the same place with the same phone number for the pass 30 years. He used to even have the home address in the phonebook but now has only F. M. Last name and phone number. So there may be someone else with parts of his name in the other part of town.

    But read this here. http://216.239.53.99/help/features.html#wp
     
  7. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

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    I don't see where this is new news :confused:

    They make telephone directories in most places where you can cross reference the telephone numbers to the person's name and address anyway.

    Worked great for me when I was a bill collector :D :D :D
     
  8. john1

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    They left me out.
    Dunno why,
    i'm in the book,
    under my ordinary name and address.
     
  9. Chris A

    Chris A

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    It is good to be unlisted..
     
  10. brendandonhu

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    Haven't there always been reverse phone book lookups?
     
  11. Rhettman5.1

    Rhettman5.1 Thread Starter

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    Yes Brendan. but Google kind of took it one more step, providing a map with your name and address all in one click, I just posted the story so people could opt out if they chose, if someone really wants the info they can get it, but why make it so easy :)
     
  12. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Mine doesn't come up, so maybe its just for those across the pond :)
     
  13. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

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    That's all that count anyway eddie :D :D
     
  14. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts

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    Hewee: Dial *67 before you call 800 or any numbers and your # won't show up on the other end! :) Take care. angel
     
  15. ~Candy~

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    People with 800 numbers pay for the call, I'm not sure if dialing *67 will block the number......this isn't caller ID we're talking about ;)



    Beware of 700, 800, and 900 Area Codes
    When you dial (700), (800), or (900) area code numbers you are transmitting your own phone number to the called party. This is because a different technology is used, called Automatic Number Identification (ANI). Calls from a pay phone cannot be blocked. You also transmit your phone number when you dial the 911 emergency number.


    So much for silent witness too ;)
     
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