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    Online detective short Online detective short Presentation Transcript

    • Be an Online Detective! Finding People and More Using Online Sources
    • Today’s Agenda
      • The World of Online Public Records
      • Searching for People Using Online Tools
      • Protecting Your Personal Information Online?
    • Where Does FREE Online Personal Info Come From?
      • Public Records
        • Drivers license records, campaign contributions . . .
      • Publicly Available Information
        • Phone listings, professional directories . . .
      • Published Information
        • Newspaper articles, death and wedding notices . . .
      • Personally Provided Information
        • Blog postings, social network sites . . .
    • What Are Public Records?
      • Public records are maintained by government agencies (federal, state, or local) as directed by law and made available to the public (e.g., occupational licenses)
      • Publicly available records are maintained by private agencies and made available to the public without restrictions (e.g., telephone listings)
    • Myths about Public Records
      • All government records are public records
      • Certain categories of government records are always public records
      • All public records are freely and readily available to anyone
      • All public records are available online
    • Finding Illinois Public Records
      • Few Illinois public records are available for free online
      • Private companies buy public records in bulk from Illinois agencies and resell them
      • Some resold public record information then shows up for free online
    • Illinois Public Records Available for Free Online
      • Property Records (Cook County)
      • Business Registrations
      • Professional Licenses
      • Campaign Contributions
      • Sex Offenders and Inmates
    • Illinois Public Records NOT Available for Free Online
      • Vital Records (Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates)
      • Criminal Records
      • Court Records, with minor exceptions
      • Voter Registrations
      • Motor Vehicle Records
    • Property Records
      • Cook County Assessor’s Office ( www.cookcountyassessor.com/info/startres.asp )
        • Search by address to find PIN and photo of property
      • Cook County Treasurer’s Office ( www.cookcountytreasurer.com/payments/status )
        • Search by PIN to find who owns a property
    • More Property Records
      • Cook County Recorder of Deeds ( www.ccrd.info )
        • Search by PIN to find mortgage information
        • Search by name to see property owned by a person
      • Zillow.com ( www.zillow.com )
        • Find estimated market values for homes
    • Home Sales
      • Chicago Tribune Home Purchases ( www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/transactions/ )
        • Cook and surrounding counties only
      • Public-Record.com ( databases.skokielibrary.info )
        • Provides home sale data to Chicago Tribune
        • Also has information on foreclosures, tax sales, bankruptcies, new businesses and homeowners
    • Federal Campaign Contributions
      • OpenSecrets Donor Lookup ( www.opensecrets.org/indivs/index.php )
        • Search by name for people who contributed $200 or more to a federal political campaign from 1990 to the present
      • FundRace ( fundrace.huffingtonpost.com )
        • Search by name or address for people who contributed $200 or more to the 2004, 2008, or 2010 federal elections
    • Sex Offenders & Crime
      • Illinois Sex Offender Information ( www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm )
        • Search for sex offenders by name or zip code
      • Chicago Crime Map ( gis.chicagopolice.org/CLEARMap/startPage.htm )
    • Vital Records
      • Cook County Clerk’s Office Vital Records ( www.cookctyclerk.com/sub/vital_records.asp )
        • Vital records can be requested in person, by mail, at currency exchange, or online
        • Request forms, fees, and ID required
        • Only related parties can request vital records less than 20 or so years old
      • VitalChek ( www.vitalchek.com )
        • Private company expedites records requests for a fee
    • Why Are Some People Hard to Find?
      • Some names are very common
      • Some people change their names or use variations on their names
      • Some people have unlisted numbers, nonpublished numbers, or just a cell phone
      • Some people are dead
    • Is Someone Dead?
      • Social Security Death Index at Rootsweb ( ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com ) or Ancestry ( databases.skokielibrary.info )
      • Unofficial Social Security Number Verification/ Decoding ( www.blackbookonline.info/bbo_ssnvalidator.htm )
    • Library Phone Directories
      • ReferenceUSA ( databases.skokielibrary.info )
        • Stronger for business listings than residential
        • Residential information taken from print phonebooks—may be out of date!
        • Good for reverse look-ups and neighbor searches
    • Library Phone Directories
      • Masterfiles (ask at Reference Desk)
        • Telephone numbers updated daily from phone companies
        • Includes names and addresses for nonpublished numbers
        • Must be searched by a Librarian
    • Reverse Look-Ups
      • Haines Criss-Cross Directories (print)
        • Best source for reverse look-ups for Chicago and suburbs
        • Includes names and addresses for nonpublished listings
      • Phone Validator ( www.phonevalidator.com )
        • Indicates whether a phone number is from a cell phone or landline, its geographic area, and provider
      • Melissa DATA ( www.melissadata.com/lookups )
        • Do many different kinds of reverse look-ups from this page
    • Cell Phone Numbers and Email Addresses
      • No good way to get this information for free
      • Intelius ( www.intelius.com ) sells email address and cell phone numbers on its website
      • Some people provide their email addresses on their own websites
    • Online People Finders
      • WhitePages.com ( www.whitepages.com )
        • Provides addresses, phone numbers, ages, and spouse’s names
        • Good for reverse look-ups and neighbor searches
      • Zabasearch ( www.zabasearch.com )
        • Provides assorted addresses, phone numbers, and birth years from public record sources
      • Zoominfo ( www.zoominfo.com )
        • Provides occupational info for people
    • Fee Sites with Free Info
      • Intelius ( www.intelius.com ) and USSearch ( www.ussearch.com )
        • Provides ages, previous cities lived in, and lists of relatives
      • Check Illinois ( consumer.public-record.com )
        • Preview search results for Illinois public records
      • Spokeo ( www.spokeo.com )
        • Includes lifestyle information
    • Major Social Network Sites
      • Social networking sites allow people to post personal information with varying restrictions
        • MySpace ( www.myspace.com )
        • Facebook ( www.facebook.com )
        • Friendster ( www.friendster.com )
        • LinkedIn ( www.linkedin.com )
          • Professional and business oriented
    • Meta Search Sites
      • Search multiple public record and social networking sites at the same time from these sites:
        • Pipl ( www.pipl.com )
        • iSearch ( www.isearch.com )
    • Helpful Search Engine
      • Yippy ( search.yippy.com )
        • Clusters search results into useful categories
        • May be helpful searching for people with common names
    • Other Interesting Sites
      • Teacher Salary Database ( www.familytaxpayers.org/salary.php )
        • See how much an Illinois public school teacher earns
      • Birthdatabase.com ( www.birthdatabase.com )
        • Find someone’s date of birth
      • The Smoking Gun ( www.thesmokinggun.com )
        • View public records on celebrity mishaps
    • Collections of Useful Links
      • Black Book Online ( www.blackbookonline.info )
        • Many useful links for the amateur detective
      • BRB’s Free Resource Center ( www.brbpub.com/pubrecsites.asp )
        • Collection of links to public record sites provided by major publisher of public records books
    • Protecting Your Privacy
      • Get a new phone number and make it unlisted or nonpublished
      • Check sites for their privacy settings before making personal posts
      • Be aware that anything you post online may be found by other people
    • Avoid Releasing Personal Information
      • Be careful about releasing personal information to private companies
        • Warranty or product registration cards
        • Sweepstakes or contest forms
        • Online coupon sites
      • Read privacy policies of businesses and websites to see if they share your personal data