Issues with Zabasearch
By CJ Cassidy
By CJ Cassidy
We live in a world where crooks no longer need to physically harm you to do lasting damage. Today, many of us live in fear of becoming a victim of identity theft.
Now, a new computer tool may help speed up that process. Zabasearch is a search engine that allows you to find people free of charge.
However, unlike a regular online directory, it gives out a lot more information about you than you might think making many feel like they're overexposed.
Jeanne Holley recently found out how much she could learn about herself, by logging on to Zabasearch. "It gives your date of birth, and every place you've ever lived.If someone wanted to kill me they'd sure be able to find me very easily and that's scary," Holley says.
The site also lists some unlisted phone numbers, and for a fee provides all kinds of background information. "It tells you who my neighbors are, and what property value of my home is," Holley says.
She's not the only one who's shocked. "That's my date of birth and they have information about my brothers too," Jakub Piwonski says, hardly able to look away from all the information about himself when we asked him to log on to Zabasearch.
"I'm a foreigner so I didn't think it would be there but there it is," he says. "I just don't know how they got my information," Moriko Suzuki says.
Creators of the search engine say they look through phone listings, court and property records and subscriptions. Experts say some credit card companies and banks will also give out information unless you ask them not to.
"The best way to protect yourself is don't provide any information about yourself," Lt. David James with the Cape girardeau County Sheriff's Department says. "It feels like I'm being raped, emotionally raped," she says. Ironically, getting through to folks at Zabasearch is not easy.
You have to snail mail them to get your name and information taken off the list.