In reality, the concept of “public” records or information being “public,” that is available to anyone off the street is not completely true. “Public records” and “public information” is easily available to big data firms, but not always accessible to private citizens. The big data companies and private investigation firms know how to compile the bits and pieces of data from scattered sources, but they usually do business with companies or the government, not private individuals.
Experts recommend checking your Public Information Profile (PIP), just as you would check your credit report. Be on the watch for identity theft (criminal or synthetic).
There are some common techniques used by identity thieves that can easily go undetected by the credit bureaus, such as using slight variations of a person’s name or SSN, in an attempt to apply for a line of credit, buy, rent or lease property, etc.. A red flag to watch out for might be a totally different address under your name showing up in public records somewhere.
The credit reporting system is far from perfect, so people with very similar names may have gotten into trouble with the law or went through a bankruptcy, and it might unfortunately show up in an innocent person’s records.
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