Sunday, July 16, 2017

More sites offer background checks on individuals


I stumbled across a couple more sites that offer public records information: Mylife.com, and Whitepages.  Mylife even offers a public “reputation score” and lists a number of personal activities without the reader’s being a member.  Records from theses sites may come up on Google searches of the formal legal name. 

Some such sites claim that the subjects will not know “you” have checked up on them. 

Mylife did not have one on me, but did have one on a relative in the Midwest.
  
I generally will not look at these unless there is a “business” reason.  

This would certainly seem to matter for "online reputation." 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

People skills of debt collectors


Just recalling those two-plus months I worked as a debt collector in Minnesota in 2003.

I can remember being told when asking for a person who picks up the phone, to pretend being a “friend” of the person (in the days before Facebook).  I’m not much of a manipulator or imposter, although this is how stings are set up, too.