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Google national reverse telephone book - You should advise your family/friends

This is true, I checked out several phone numbers, so pass it along. You tech savy Realtors probably already know this but I thought I would pass this new Google tool around for the rest of us.
 
 
Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and you will be given the person's name and address. If you then hit MapQuest, you will get a map to the person's house. Everyone should be aware of this! It's a nationwide reverse telephone book. If you have the web on your cell phone you can obtain the same information on it.
  
If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious.
  
Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried my number and it came up along with the mapquest and directions straight to our house. I did fill out the removal form for myself, and encourage all of you to do the same. Please look up your own number.
  
In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: Google and Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e.555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.
  
Check your own number on Google and although this may not apply to you if you have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact, but you may know someone who needs to know this. Please share this information with friends and family.

Happy computing!

 

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Comment balloon 39 commentsGeorge Tallabas • October 29 2007 04:10PM

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Thanks George.  I put my number in and it came right up.  I will get this fixed. 
Posted by Jessica Horton Jessica Horton Realty, Jessica Horton: I'm not #1... You Are! (Jessica Horton - Jessica Horton & Associates) over 11 years ago
Jessica - Thanks and please alert all your family, friends and clients.  This just alarmed me!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George - Thanks for the info and the heads up. I will pass this on to others. I think it would be a good idea to take your name off the list. In this day and age you never know.

Also, if there is a potential danger, why does Google have this feature?

Posted by Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck" (Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS) over 11 years ago
Hi George! Thanks for the heads up......I had no idea.
Posted by delete account over 11 years ago

Hey George- I had sent this out some time ago to some friends and family awhile back when I was informed as well. Scary stuff for sure. I did it but it came up with the wrong address and but darn close, too close for comfort. Great awareness for sure!!

Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) over 11 years ago
George - I don't have a home phone, so they didn't get me. However, I just checked my parents and Google is all over them. Thanks for the post!
Posted by Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker (Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc.) over 11 years ago

Chuck - You are welcome.  I have no idea why Google created this my friend

Candace - Thank you my friend

Ryan - You are welcome and good luck

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Pamela - You are welcome and pass it on
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Hey George, I've known about this for a while. My situation is like Ryan's. However, blocking Google from showing it is only a start. The real questioon is whre is Google getting the information from? that's how you need to nip the problem in the bud. There are several reverse directories out there for people to do this kind of search and they all might not be a generous as Google and allow your info to be blocked.
Posted by Kotambu "KS" Shabazz, Renton, Real Estate Consultant (Quality Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago
Kotambu - Thanks and take good care
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Very interesting George. We didn't know this. Thanks for the heads up!
Posted by Rick and Lynn Orze, Carol Stream, IL RE/MAX All Pro (RE/MAX All Pro) over 11 years ago
Rick & Lynn - You are welcome and good luck
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Hey George..Good Tool,I tried one of my numbers, Kinds Scary when you think there are wackos out there, it pays to be safe, especialy for the ladies and chidren. I could not see where to delete with goggle?

Thanks for the heads up, have an awesome week!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hi George,

Google has been doing this for quite some time.  I recommend telling everyone you know that has children.  We removed ours about 2 years ago.

I'm waiting for them to do this with license plates.  You know its only a matter of time.

 

Posted by M A over 11 years ago
Thank you, I will check that out and arrange to block it - that has to be scary for people with children.  That is an unjustifiable invasion of my privacy.  Karen
Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago
Good post!  I will pass on the info.
Posted by Amy Barrutia, Idaho Home Loans (Riverside Home Loans, LLC) over 11 years ago

Fred - You are welcome and have a great day

Martin - Thank you

Karen - Good luck to you

Amy - Thanks my friend

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
George, I tried it and my info didn't come up but it did on the sites that were advertising on that google page with no way to request removal.
Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Does it work on numbers that are restricted (you are "unlisted")?

This site (http://www.whitepages.com/) has had it for years, and I have always found it a handy tool because I remember plenty of phone numbers (ok, now I have them stored in my cell phone) but I could never remember addresses.

Posted by Joseph Michalski, PA Home Inspector (Precision Home Inspection) over 11 years ago

Michael - Thanks and good luck

Joseph - I don't know Googles rules on unlisted numers.  Take care.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Is there a way to have google block this information?  If so, how does one going about getting this blocked? It does seems like a big safety issue. 
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Joan - Just go to Google and put in your number complete with area code and click search.  When your information comes up click to view it.  You will then see an option that says Request to have your name removed from this list

I hope this helps and have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Goerge...The Message does not ciome up for me...request to remove your name?

Have a great day!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 11 years ago

George,

Wow quite surprising huh? I have removed mine as well. Even though the map was inaccurate. I just felt uncomfortable with much ease of information.

Posted by Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland (RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors) over 11 years ago
Herb - Thanks my friend and I hope all is well.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Thanks George!  I took me and my husband off and I will email all my friends and family.  Thanks for sending this!
Posted by Valarie Grisham (Keller Williams) over 11 years ago
Valarie - You are very welcome and take good care.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
I have used that feature for a long time.  I noticed in the last few months that many do not work unless you use a paid service.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Thank you George.

My number did not come up. But my Mother - law-did. I will let her know.

Posted by Anthony Saunchez, How can we be of service (Campa Properties) over 11 years ago
George, Technology is a wonderful thing!  It's great to have so much information at our fingertips.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago
George:

I just wanted to let you know how thankful many of my clients & customers were to get this information!

Thank you for a great way to stay on their minds without even trying to sell them real estate!
Posted by Jessica Horton Jessica Horton Realty, Jessica Horton: I'm not #1... You Are! (Jessica Horton - Jessica Horton & Associates) over 11 years ago

Randy - Thanks my friend

Anthony - You are welcome

Roberta - Yes, technology is a wonderful thing...good luck

Jessica - You are very welcome my friend...You go girl!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Thanks George. I did not know about the mapping of the address. Interesting and a little scary
Posted by Jill Wente, Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene) over 11 years ago
This is pretty interesting.  Thanks for bringing it to our atention. 
Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 11 years ago

Jill - Thanks and good luck to you

Lisa - You are very welcome

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

For those that asked where Google got this information, white-pages or local phone-book.They actually paid a bunch of people to enter this for them in a database. That is how most get the info.

Check out white-pages.com,infousa.com,reverselookup.com if you Google phone number look up sites you will find thousands of sites. This is not limited to USA, it is also for Canada and other foreign countries.

Anyone who has a listed # is on google unless they requested it to be removed. The only exception I have found in the past is unlisted,and cellphone numbers.

Posted by Scott Blanchard (Mortgage Force ) over 11 years ago
We are in the information age, stop being so scared. Sorry, that's the way I feel, I hope everyone has removed his/her info from the phone book because that's pretty much the same thing. And this same discussion that probably occurred when phone books first came out.
Posted by Jason about 11 years ago

Scott - Thanks for sharing your opinion

Jason - You are entitled to your opinion

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

 

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Phone owner name and current address
Line type - landline or mobile
Household members
Phone company and carrier
Possible neighbors and relatives
Issuing location
Satellite maps
Other phone numbers belonging to owner
Owner's address history
And more!

Posted by phonedetective.com.cn over 10 years ago

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