TruthFinder is a data broker that collects, posts, and sells personal information online. Use this free guide to learn more about TruthFinder, opt-outs, and information removal from DeleteMe.
Removing yourself from TruthFinder requires you to fill out an opt-out form. After that, your listing should be removed within 48 hours.
Like other data broker sites, TruthFinder acts as a background check service or a way to reconnect with lost friends and relatives. Really, it just finds personal information, mostly from public records, and makes it easy to find online by anyone with an internet connection.
TruthFinder crawls public records on the web for personal information, collects it all, and organizes it into individual listings. Then, it posts them online and sells more detailed personal information for just over $20.
When TruthFinder makes a listing for you, it’s easy to find from just a quick Google Search of your name. The search result might look something like this:
As you can see, these results advertise having this person’s address, phone number, criminal records, social media links, and associates. This is exactly the kind of information that criminals are looking for when they want to steal your identity, commit financial fraud, stalk you, or commit other crimes.
This is what a listing on TruthFinder looks like in search results:
As you can see, they posted this person’s name, nicknames/maiden name, her age, current and past locations, as well as her relatives’ names.
If you buy a full report for just over $20, you can see more detailed information like full address, phone number, educational and professional details, arrest records, and more. This is part of the example full report from their site:
TruthFinder crawls the web for publicly available information from government records, social media, and other public databases. This includes birth and death records, marriage records, arrest records, and anything that might appear on your social media accounts–like your educational and professional history. Unfortunately, it is legal for TruthFinder to put all of this online–and sell it to pretty much anyone.
1. Go to TruthFinder’s opt-out website.
2. Search for your listing and click ‘remove this record’.
3. Enter your email address (we recommend using a masked email) and perform the CAPTCHA.
4. Wait for the verification email. Your listing should be removed within 48 hours.
Although your listing should be removed from TruthFinder within 48 hours, you should check to make sure that it was fully removed. Also, TruthFinder might re-collect your personal information as it crawls the web, and build new listings for you. So, it’s good to keep checking up on the site, and make sure your listing hasn’t resurfaced. Finally, even though removing yourself from TruthFinder removes you from that site, it doesn’t remove you from the many other data broker sites out there, such as Whitepages or Intelius, so you will need to opt-out of those as well.
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