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From: Michael Hill, CITRMS (mhillidtexperts.com)
Date: Sat Jan 10 2009 - 16:17:17 CST
Real Estate, Mortgage Records Have Been Public For Years
SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Thousands of Oklahomans' Social Security numbers may be
listed online for anyone to see and they don't even know it.
Pottawatomie County posts home sale and mortgage information on its Web
site, but some home owners said the county is getting too personal about
"What the public needs to realize is, for years, Social Security numbers
have been used," said Pottawatomie County Clerk Nancy Bryce
She said the numbers have been available on the Web site for years and she
can't black out the numbers to protect residents from identity theft.
"Once it's on file in my office, it is public information," Bryce said.
Some Pottawatomie County residents said they're concerned about the
"Everybody can get into it and the next thing you know, there goes your
credit and your identity," one resident told KOCO-TV.
Legal experts said the exposed information could be used by anyone who knows
how to get credit or cash advances over the Internet.
Bryce said the records have been online for six years and no one has
reported any problems.
"I don't think that's going to happen," she said.
Bryce also said anyone looking to mine Social Security numbers can also go
into her office and look at hard copies of the documents.
Michael Hill, MCSD
Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist
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