Re: Internet database
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Mon, 11 Nov 1996 09:14:30 -0700
> Hopefully I have not fallen for a scam.
Hi Gail! You did, but it's okay. I was concerned when I first saw this
I did my homework (as did several news agencies about a month ago), and
here are the facts:
With the exception of your mother's maiden name, all of these items are
available on the P-Trax database; however, as most people are aware, this
information is fairly easy to get anyway. Your mother's maiden name is, of
course, very important because that information is not readily available
but it's not included in the P-Trax database. If you're still concerned,
you can contact Lexis-Nexis at the number below, but personally I wouldn't
bother. This is only one of hundreds of databases which contain this type
of information. (It happens to be the one that's getting the most
publicity right now....) Hopefully, you scrutinize your credit card and
other statements anyway. That's the best protection you have.
If you have any questions, please email me privately.
Yours in Scouting,
Monte Kalisch (email@example.com)
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (http://www.montekcs.com/www/bdsr)
> >Your name, social security number, current address, previous addresses,
> >mother's maiden name, Birth date and other personal information are now
> >available to anyone with a credit card through a new Lexis database
> >P-Trax. As I am sure you are aware, this information could be used to
> commit >credit card fraud or otherwise allow someone else to use your
> >You can have your name and information removed from this list by making
> >telephone request. Call (800) 543-6862, select option 4 and then option
> >("all other questions") and tell the representative answering that you
> >to remove your name from the P-Trax database. You may also send a fax
> >(513) 865-7360, or physical mail to LEXIS-NEXIS / P.O. Box 933 / Dayton,
> >45401-0933. Sending physical mail to confirm that your name has been
> >always a good idea.
> >As word of the existence of this database has spread on the net,
> >Lexis-Nexis has been inundated with calls, and has set up a special set
> >operators to handle the volume. In addition, Andrew Bleh (rhymes with
> >"Play") is a manager responsible for this product, and is the person to
> >complaints about the service could be directed. He can be reached at
> above >800 number. Ask for extension 3385. According to Lexis, the
> manager >responsible is Bill Faster at extension 1364.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City