Everything Available in Public Data Regarding a Person.

Welcome to Evil Week, when we delve yearly into all the dubious hacks that we would normally advise against. We have all the information you need to be successfully unsavoury, whether your goal is to play intricate mind games, gain free dri...

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Everything Available in Public Data Regarding a Person.



Welcome to Evil Week, when we delve yearly into all the dubious hacks that we would normally advise against. We have all the information you need to be successfully unsavoury, whether your goal is to play intricate mind games, gain free drinks, or, er, launder some cash.


Online research provides a wealth of information about a person. After something is posted online, it's nearly hard to take it down. In fact, if something is posted hastily, it may even have the opposite effect and draw more attention, known as the "Streisand effect.".


Yes, if you're not careful, the internet can bite you in the ass, but it can also be a very useful tool that you can use to your advantage. You already know how to look up someone on the internet. And now for some additional information that you can usually obtain about anyone using the internet for free.


"People Search Engines" are very knowledgeable.


"People search engines" are websites that perform the same function as their name implies—imagine Google, but for individuals. These websites compile information for the public from a variety of sources and present it to you in a tidy package. They will show you parts of it for free and parts of it at a cost. All of them, however, have comprehensive profiles created on these sites. If they haven't taken great care to remove it (maybe by paying for a service like DeleteMe), it may contain details about their family members' names, current and previous addresses, phone numbers, and more.


The majority of these websites are the public face of data broker firms that gather personal data from individuals and about them in dubious ways in order to sell it to other individuals or companies. Nevertheless, more moral websites, such as public records databases that aggregate data from public records or background check services that individuals, employers, and landlords can use to confirm information about a person, can also provide a wealth of information.


The following well-known and free websites allow you to look up public records for nearly anybody:.


For instance, you can enter a name, phone number, email address, or address into Spokeo to retrieve a wealth of related data, such as gender, age, family members, marital status, education, and more. A simple contact list can lead to many opportunities.


Find out what party they belong to.


Secret ballots are cast. However, one's political party membership is not. Online resources include information on a person's political party affiliation, voting status (active or not), and voter district, including congressional, senate, and election districts. Voter search websites are state-specific, but they are easily accessible because all the information is available to the public.


For instance, you can use the tracker provided by the NY State Board of Elections to locate this information about a person from New York. Only their full name, birthdate, zip code, and county of residence are required; you can find all of this information in the public information section above. You can also get their complete address with this tool. You can look up their FEC filing for more basic information about their political affiliations. Before your next Match.com date, give it a try!


Identify the recipients of their donations.


Records of the organizations to which a person has made financial contributions are available if you're looking for information about their political activism. A non-profit that monitors the influence of money on American politics is Opensecrets.org, which can be used to accomplish this. They provide research tools for numerous specialized queries, such as "Donor Lookup.". You can locate Federal Election Commission records for contributions of at least $200 just by searching for someone's name. If you want to focus in more detail on your search, there are comparable databases available for nearby states.


Find out what properties they own (and how much they paid).


Visit the website of the city's finance department to learn what property a person owns. You may find out details about a property's purchase or sale date, price, number of rooms, address, property tax information, and seller identity by doing this. Even the images of documents are viewable. This will again depend on the city, but if you look into it locally, you should be able to find out how much their mortgage is (and whether or not they are up to date on their payments).


You can use the NYC Department of Finance website's ACRIS database tool to find someone from New York City: navigate to the ACRIS search tool, then choose how you want to look up the person's real estate details. (Searching using their entire name is the simplest method.


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