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How to Remove Yourself from True People Search

If you’re uncertain that your data is on this particular public people search site, you can perform a simple Google Search with your name followed by “TruePeopleSearch.”

Surprised by what you see from that search? You’re not alone; most people want those personal details removed ASAP!

Here are two ways to care for deleting your private information from True People Search:

  1. Follow a manual opt-out process (please scroll to ‘Option 1)
  2. Have Privacy Bee remove you from TruePeopleSearch & 400+ other people search sites! (recommended)

The exponential rise of data leaks

Since 2004, the average American has been in 7 data breaches.

Take the time to read that again.

All things being equal, you’ve probably had your data breached seven times.

According to SurfShark, 8.7 billion American data points (e.g., names, passwords, usernames, IPs, and other sensitive data) have been sold or leaked since ’04.

In short, deleting yourself from one people search site likely won’t do you much good if your data has been exposed elsewhere (which you can find out for free here).

Option 1: Follow a manual opt-out process

Please follow these steps to request the deletion of your private data from True People Search:

1. Go to the following website:

2. Enter your email address

3. Check the “Terms and Conditions” acknowledgment

4. Complete the CAPTCHA, if required

5. Click “Begin Removal”

6. In the name search box: Enter your first name, last name, city, and state. Click the search icon

7. Click on “Remove This Record”

Option 2: Have Privacy Bee do it for you (recommended)

You can kill 350+ birds with one stone and have Privacy Bee check your information against this number of data brokers, the most in the industry! Moreover, we will monitor your information for FREE, 24/7.

In addition to scanning for your personal information with our industry-leading, best-in-class technology, Privacy Bee privacy experts will handle the removal process for you.

Moreover, it is only by conducting a thorough risk assessment that one may discover if they have:

— Been in a data breach (Over 70% have)

— Had the following data exposed:

  • passwords
  • aliases
  • date of birth (DOB)
  • email addresses
  • usernames
  • home addresses
  • family member data
  • phone numbers
  • banking details
  • internet history
  • other private data (including PII)

Check now to see if you’ve been in a data breach with a FREE Privacy Scan.

What is True People Search?

At the very least, True People Search is honest about its ambitions. Per the company’s ‘About Us’ page, its mission is to: “Create the most powerful people search service in the world and give it away for free.”

Predictably, these aspirations have led to an aggregation of private personal information—and its subsequent misuse.

In short, TPS is a leading data broker under the umbrella of “People Finders.” It is the business of People Finders to do precisely that: find you—then sell what they find.

Using freely-available software, TPS uses a method of data extraction called web scraping to “crawl” millions of public records webpages to pull contact metadata. These data are then cleaned, packaged, and sold as a digital product to any one of countless businesses hungry for leads.

The other day I Googled myself, which I do monthly to manage my personal brand, and to my surprise, I saw my age, my current address, all of my past addresses, the names of my family members, and my emails and phone number listed publicly on TruePeopleSearch.”

~ Stefanie Marrone, Owner of The Social Media Butterfly Blog

The above quote (from a young woman kind enough to let us quote her for this article) says it all. The sheer amount of information you can find on TPS is mind boggling.

Besides hoarding all of this data on you and yours, TPS one-ups itself and links to an optional (paid) full background report. Now, the likelihood of someone paying for a full background report on you is slim, but why risk it?

Let us now discuss why you should remove yourself from True People Search.

You should remove yourself from the databases of TPS and other data brokers for several reasons.

#1 Personal Safety

The first and most important reason you should delete yourself from TPS is for your safety. We live in an increasingly global world where one can find information on just about anyone, given minimal intelligence and the right resources.

True People Search may contain location data such as your physical address, making it possible for anyone with less-than-friendly intentions to find you.

In short, an external data privacy service that deletes your contact information is critical for ensuring personal safety.

#2 Financial Security

In the past five years, the United States has witnessed a drastic rise in the number of cybercrimes—and this includes identity theft and its unfortunate byproducts. Per an FTC report, fraud complaints have more than doubled since 2017, while identity theft complaints have nearly quadrupled.

The cost of these crimes is also rising exponentially. Per the FTC, associated financial costs have increased to over $6 billion—a 77% increase over 2020.

#3 Spam Defense

Telemarketers and spammers have to get your address, email, and phone number from somewhere—and a People Finder is too often the supplier. Junk mail and telemarketing calls exist only because of public information.

Unfortunately, the dissemination and discovery of this public information have only been exacerbated since the rise of data brokers.

Besides scrubbing your external data from data brokers, we’ll also opt you out of junk mail lists.

How Can I Automatically Remove My Private Information From The Internet?

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