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#1    Walken

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Posted 10 July 2005 - 07:47 PM

The snope has here two incredible true urban legends.

Your personal information can be obtained through the Zabasearch.com web site.

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Upon submitting my payment, I was presented with a "satellite photograph" of my residence (actually an overhead view of a portion of the apartment complex where I lived several years ago) and a message telling me that I would receive a full report within one day.

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Entering a phone number into the Google search engine can produce a home address and a map with directions to that address.

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Here we entered a phone number (805-495-9897) and were presented with a display showing the name and address of the person to whom that number is assigned, as well as two links (Yahoo! Maps and Mapquest) which will produce maps and driving directions for that address.


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Posted 10 July 2005 - 08:26 PM

Did you actually try this though Walken? because i read it a while ago and tried various phone numbers with absolutely no success, which would lead to conclude the service no longer exists

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Posted 10 July 2005 - 08:34 PM

There is at least one internet site that shows you a satellite picture of anywhere in the world, when you type in an address, and another internet site where if you know a persons sir name, you can find their address and phone number.
It is all easy to find out.

Phone number thing is interesting.

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Posted 10 July 2005 - 08:59 PM

Well being in canada the first site don't work, the phone number is cool to try but i try different ones and it don't works either. I agree with Mr ed that everything is really easy to get neway one way or another....


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Posted 10 July 2005 - 11:00 PM

The whole google search with the phone number DOES work.  I work for a major phone company and it only works if a phone number is a LISTED number through major companies.  If a person's phone is very new or unlisted or through a small phone company, it won't work.  But I don't know if it works outside the US.  If you can go to the phone companies white pages site and search for a person's number, the google search works the same way.  It pulls it's information from the white pages sites on the net.

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Posted 10 July 2005 - 11:54 PM

Wow, this is sure to make a hell of a lot of people extremely paranoid. I can't say it bothers me that much. Don't know if I believe it.


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Posted 11 July 2005 - 03:34 AM

Earlier last year I used to get phone calls a lot from a certian phone number and they would just keep breathing and then hang up, so I googled the number and found out it was my ex boyfriend. o-o. I called him and told him if he did it agian I was going to press charges so he doesn't anymore.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 06:41 AM

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Did you actually try this though Walken? because i read it a while ago and tried various phone numbers with absolutely no success, which would lead to conclude the service no longer exists


It doesn't work for me either - Only the USA.  thumbsup.gif

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Wow, this is sure to make a hell of a lot of people extremely paranoid. I can't say it bothers me that much. Don't know if I believe it.


Pfft - Theres nothing to not beleive. It's been proven. But the service only applys to the USA.

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Earlier last year I used to get phone calls a lot from a certian phone number and they would just keep breathing and then hang up, so I googled the number and found out it was my ex boyfriend.


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Posted 11 July 2005 - 09:15 AM

QUOTE(Jeenuh @ Jul 11 2005, 03:34 AM)
Earlier last year I used to get phone calls a lot from a certian phone number and they would just keep breathing and then hang up, so I googled the number and found out it was my ex boyfriend. o-o. I called him and told him if he did it agian I was going to press charges so he doesn't anymore.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 01:35 PM

Mr Ed, what is that satallite addy? do you know? and the other one as well. thanks.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 02:01 PM

hmmmm i think it would be best if you don't give her it mr ed, who knows what crazy hi-jinks she could get up to....you don't want to be an accomplice to stalkings do you??? grin2.gif


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Posted 11 July 2005 - 02:38 PM

laugh.gif Well forizzle knows the site. A few months ago a kid came on looking for his dad. Forrizle gave him the link to this site. I think. He might still know if you ask him, or use the search function somehow.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 04:24 PM

QUOTE(Mr Ed @ Jul 11 2005, 10:38 AM)
laugh.gif Well forizzle knows the site. A few months ago a kid came on looking for his dad. Forrizle gave him the link to this site. I think. He might still know if you ask him, or use the search function somehow.

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The sattellite imaging address is

http://www.terraserver.com/

It will show sattellite images, aerial photographs, etc of any locations that have images of these mapped.  It doesn't get so close that you can see individual people, but you can make out cars and such from some of the images.  Pretty cool... not too surprisingly, it was hosted by Microsoft at one point in time... i'm not sure if it still is.

I also read a story a while back where that feature on google was going to be terminated because of all the complaints that they got.  *shrug*  I don't know whether or not it's ever going to happen.. but yes, all that imformation is pretty easily attainable, and you generally don't need to spend 20 bucks to get it.

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 04:32 PM

Yeah, I've seen the Terraserver thing before (check out 1600 Pennsylvania Ave).  I think it was a satellite survey or something.  But check out the dates of the photos you see.  I think this was done back in '98 or something.  Can't remember.  

And I use the Google thing all the time to find addresses, names, etc.  But I only use it for companies.  Never tried individuals.  If it gets a white pages type hit, it does give you the option to "map it".

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Posted 11 July 2005 - 10:17 PM

Funny Nick.  tongue.gif  I may be a freak but I am not a stalker. lol.

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