Be Your Own Detective - Know Someone by Their Trash

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First, I am going to show you a story that was on the internet.


WINTER PARK, Fla. -- It was called a criminal's dream come true -- a trash bin full of documents containing private information.

A tip led authorities to the trash bin just off U.S. Highway 17-92 in
Winter Park.


Investigators said it was stuffed with sensitive information like divorce papers, W-2 forms, Social Security numbers and bank statements with account numbers on them. The attorney general's office called in the Winter Park Police Department to collect the paperwork.

"There's a lot of personal information in these documents contained, and
it's serious as to how they get out here and why they are here. We need to find out and back track why they got here," Winter Park Police Department Capt. A.S. King said.

Authorities said the documents apparently came from cases handled by local
law firms, including the DeWitt law firm, Sarah Arnold Esq., and Mediation Services of Central Florida.The attorneys will be required to inform former clients that their private information may have been compromised. You can find the article
here.

OK, I did not show you this story, to tell you to be careful about your trash (though you should). I put it here to show you that the trash run is one of the most effective ways to get information on someone. You would be surprised at what can be found in your trash, even if you shred all of your credit card and bank statements. Seemingly innocuous things like junk mail reveal things about you. Often it has your full name, or phone number whether or not it is listed.

The main point is - if you want to know someone, check out their trash. Not only will you know their name and stuff, but what they like to eat, smoke, and drink, if they do all of those things. Oh yeah, and watch out for lawyers :P
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Once you get some good info, you can use something like Government Records.com to check them out further. :))

(I did have to plug something, it has been a while)

Be Safe!!

4 comments:

  1. You know it is a little scary today when we think about all this stuff like identity theft, etc...

    I guess "hoping" nobody goes through your garbage just doesn't do it huh :) Just kidding, just kidding.

    Anyway thanks for the good reminder that we always should be vigilant about throwing out our documents and personal stuff, etc.

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  2. Evita- You are most welcome, and stuff :)

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  3. I really need to be more careful with my trash. I just throw everything away-no shredding and don't think about it. I appreciate the reminder. You remind me of a character in one of my mystery novels.

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  4. Once NewscasterHottie found a computer by the trash, bright it home and it worked! Turns out it belonged to the apartment complex manager where we were living..

    Yep there were leases, social security numbers, legal notices and more! Amazingly stupid of them.

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