I've known for years that identify fraud exists, that efforts need to be taken to protect my personal information, and have taken those efforts. For some reason I decided to check a phone number I used when staying at my sister's. I found much more than I intended.
In addition to that number and associated address, I also found my current address and phone number, family, including someone who was allegedly family but was unrelated. But more shocking was that all of this was provided on a site which also included my birthday.
I've always been circumspect in protecting my privacy, placing fraud alerts every 90 days, not giving out my birthdate except to medical providers or in tax filings. I have no idea where all of this information was collected or how my birthday was added. At least my SS number wasn't included.
Still, I've known for years that privacy breaches are compromised by greedy online website owners w/o any concern for the results to the individuals. But I feel so unsettled knowing that this information is so freely available. And worse yet, I'm not sure what I can do about it - if I knew the specific source I could give false information, but I have no idea where all this information was obtained.
I've known for years that identify fraud exists, that efforts need to be taken to protect my personal information, and have taken those efforts. Yet, in spite of that, someone got information on my birthdate. And I don't know how.
And I feel abused, and mad, very, very mad!