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10 things anyone can find out about you

  • Your current and previous address (from the U.S. Postal Service and credit bureaus)
  • Any criminal convictions (from court records)
  • Whether you have a professional license (from licensing agencies)
  • Whether you have filed lawsuits or been a defendant in a lawsuit (from court records)
  • If you've had speeding tickets, drunken driving convictions or other black marks on your driving record (from the drivers' license bureau)
  • What cars, trucks, boats and planes you own (from state motor vehicle records)
  • Whether you have filed for bankruptcy or had liens placed against your property (from court records)
  • What you have pledged as collateral for bank loans (from Universal Commercial Code filings, usually in county recorder's offices)
  • What pieces of real estate you own and how much you paid (from county tax records)
  • Whether there's a warrant out for your arrest (from court records and police agencies)

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All of this is available from companies such as U.S. Search.com, which markets its services to businesses and individuals.

-- Updated: April 3, 2003

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