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Old 02-04-2008, 07:47 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by aaauger View Post
... Are you legally required to provide a (legitimate) phone number?
I am confused, under what 'legal' circumstance would you be required to provide a telephone number?

You are not 'legally' required to have a telephone.

... Also, many public information sources require a social security number but those aren't provided to organizations like Intelius.
Begging your pardon, you are not 'legally' required to have a SSN.

Some government documents ask for a SSN, however on some their asking is illegal, and in other cases they will accept a EIN or Alternative number.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:53 PM
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I don't give out my cell phone number to other sources other then private, I also DON'T answer it if I don't know the number.

I can do a search for free and uncover an amazing amount of information online. I think people would be shocked if they knew what was available.

One thing I have found that helps staying anonymous is that ATT has a different spelling of my last name and my middle initial as my first. So even if they do release my name and phone number or someone gets it accidently, its not even my name.
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:06 AM
Location: Black Hammock Island
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Default Good News about Intelius (for now anyway)

Intelius has stopped collecting cell phone numbers and shut down its directory service.

News article here ....
Controversial Cell Phone Number Directory Closes Up Shop - Switched: Gadgets, Tech, Digital Stuff for the Rest of Us
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:12 AM
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I am very careful who I give out any of my phone numbers to. Very few people know my cell number and I like it that way. It's nobody's business but mine. At home on my land line, I never answer the phone if the callerid comes up with 'Private' or 'Out of Area' or I don't recognize either the number of name. If someone wants to conceal their identity, then perhaps I shouldn't be talking to them.
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