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Living with 290: Cleaning Up Your Online Reputation After Ending Registration

Hello ACSOL community. This is Free Again (a.k.a. Anonymous OP a.k.a. Newly Liberated…I figured that the second screen name will eventually no longer apply once enough time has passed, so I changed it once again). As I had mentioned under the previous CoR post, I am contributing this new follow-up post that will focus solely on cleaning up your online reputation once you have been relieved of your duty to register. Please note, however, that there are some websites from which you can opt out whether or not you’re currently registered, for whatever that’s worth.

Some of you may have been wondering if this post will ever materialize as it has been a few months since it was last mentioned. Well, the reason it has taken a while is because it’s a somewhat complex process. I chose to do this myself rather than hire a service to do it on my behalf. It required a little patience, but I feel it was well worth the effort as I acquired some invaluable knowledge in the process. Not to mention that I’m growing increasingly more comfortable with giving others my real first and last name when introducing myself both on a personal and business level. And while all of this has been transpiring potential opportunities have emerged that may catapult my career in the foreseeable future. Once that happens I may find little time to post here again, especially detailed information such as this. So I figured now’s as good a time as any to share what I’ve learned. Hopefully the following will be of use to those of you who are on the same path.

Now, this is by no means a comprehensive list of all websites in these categories. I only targeted the most popular sites used here in the U.S. according to my research, or ones that I found myself on when searching my name. I recommend that readers check back here since I may add some new information as it comes down the pipeline. If you have questions or additional thoughts on any of the subjects mentioned herein, or would like to share your own experience on the topic, then please feel free to post them below. Again, I am not an attorney and therefore cannot dispense legal advice. I’m a former registrant who’s here to help those who may be dealing with situations similar to my own.

NOTE: to be able to remove yourself from most of the types of websites I’m about to cover, it is most ideal to get yourself BOTH the expungement and Certificate of Rehabilitation, and of course have yourself removed from the registry and obtain the letter from your state’s DOJ confirming your termination from the registry in case a copy of it asked for as proof. Some sites will ask for one or more of the above in order to be removed.

START BY SEARCHING YOUR NAME ON GOOGLE

This is what I did at the beginning only because it’s what most people do if they want information on you. Most of the search results were websites that only disclose basic information and charge fees for other details such as criminal background. But when I switched to an image search on Google, well that’s when more directly damaging results came up, specifically from sites that list SO’s. I did the same on Bing, which is now the same search engine as Yahoo. I’ll go more into clearing up searches on your name after all the other work is done.

RECORD REMOVAL SERVICES

Some other members of this community and I briefly touched on this topic in the CoR threads. There are services out there such as Record Gone, Guaranteed Removals and Reputation Defender who for a fee will clean up your online reputation. Are they worth it? After doing a little digging, I came to the conclusion that it really depends on your ultimate objective.

I contacted Record Gone a couple of times, left my number with the person who answers the calls, and got no return call whatsoever. All I wanted was to discuss my matter and get a quote, but I guess they weren’t interested in my business. The video on their home page explains in detail how your information is found online and how they would proceed to clean it up. The gentleman tells you how there are hundreds of background check sites which they would scrub clean for you.

Now, there are a couple of issues I have with services like Record Gone. In the next section below which covers these services I explain one very important detail which they conveniently leave out of their video. Aside from that, there are other questions that came to mind. Do they contact each individual company? There are sites other than background check sites that contain criminal records, such as people search and mugshot sites. Do they remove you from those as well? Will they also remove you from searches on Google, etc.? And lastly, will they help maintain your reputation down the road after the initial removals? Make sure to ask these removal services all of these questions before handing them your money. The results may not be as thorough as you might expect.

BACKGROUND CHECK SERVICES

So for these I started with searching on Google the “most popular background check companies” and scrolled down past the ads to examine the top results of the search

Here’s one very important thing that the Record Gone video neglects to mention. After calling and speaking to some of these companies I found that not all of these services store a database which they update annually, as the Record Gone video suggests. Rather, when an individual or company uses these sites to check someone’s background, the service in turn simply refers to current court records, etc. In other words, the information they obtain on you is the most current available. A couple of popular background check sites that operate in this manner are crimcheck.com and goodhire.com. GoodHire is affiliated with Inflection and used by Airbnb for background checks on its members.

For the sites that do use a database system, you will likely need to purchase a report on yourself to find out whether or not it’s current. If not, then you can inform the service that it needs to be updated, and they will guide you through the process.

Also, as with other types of websites detailed below, certain background check companies that do keep a database are owned by a parent company (another vital piece of information that Record Gone neglects to mention).

One such company that appears to own several of these sites is PeopleConnect Holdings, Inc., the parent company of USsearch, Intelius, People Connect, publicrecords.com, publicrecords360.com, truerep.com, Classmates, and peoplelookup.com. So if you remove your info from any one of these sites then you’ll be removed from all of them.

BeenVerified and peoplesmart.com are also owned by the same company. BeenVerified appears to be associated with several of these sites. I’ve seen the name appear on a few occasions during my research.

Two sites on which I reappeared after I removed myself are instantcheckmate.com and truthfinder.com.

The InstantCheckmate reappearance happened after only two months from the time I had them taken down. The company rep explained that they obtain their information from other sources and could not guarantee that I won’t appear again on their site.

As for TruthFinder, I decided out of curiosity to look up S.O. apps in the Play Store and found one that was created by the service. I installed it and searched my area, and guess who appeared on their list? So even if you’re taken down from their website there’s a chance that you’re still on the app. I took a screenshot and emailed them my complaint, mentioning that I had already been removed from their site. It took them a couple of weeks to delete me from the list on the app. Keep in mind that the rep I spoke to at the beginning that removals are permanent. But don’t just go on the word of the person answering the phone. Be vigilant and thorough. Do searches on your name periodically on these sites and on Google.

OFFENDER SITES

Homefacts doesn’t exactly fall under any of these categories of websites. They’re a real estate information website which happens to contain a section listing registered SO’s for every state. And when Googling just my first and last name my photo on their site turned up at the top of the search. So once I was removed from the registry I naturally made it a priority to contact these people before anyone else. To remove your photo and info visit www.homefacts.com, then at the bottom of the page under “About Us” click “Report An Error.” A window will open containing fields which you fill out. In the message field I simply wrote, “I am not listed on any registry. Please remove me from your website and submit it to Google.” It’s been discussed here in the past that Homefacts isn’t exactly run by the most reasonable people, so it’s best to refrain from using aggressive language or threats of lawsuits, at least not when sending your first message requesting removal. In fact, if you’re no longer on the public registry then the turnaround is pretty quick once you make the request. I was removed from their site the next day after I messaged them, but I still wasn’t sure as to whether or not they submitted the removal to Google. The good news is that you can easily do this yourself if you have a Google account (see “SEARCH ENGINE REMOVAL” below).

There were other “offender” sites on which my image turned up when I Googled my name, such as Busted Offenders and Offender Radar.

With Busted Offenders you will need to email them at help@bustedoffenders.com requesting removal. They will ask you to reply with documentation as proof, such as Certificate of Rehabilitation.

Offender Radar removal instructions: at the bottom right of the home page, under “About Us” click “Report an Error.” In the window, under “What is the source of the Data Complaint?” click “OffenderRadar.com Data,” then click “NEXT STEP.” In the next window click “I have verified that state registry is different than the OffenderRadar.com data.” In the next window select complaint category “Not in Registry,” then fill in the fields. Under “OffenderRadar Data” type “not on registry.” Under “State Registry Data” type “N/A.” In the “More Comments” box you can elaborate by saying that you’re not on any registry and request immediate removal from OffenderRadar and report the removal to Google. They will remove your info and photo usually the next day. I did pop up again on this site a couple of months after the first removal. So this time around when filling in the “More Comments” box I warned them that the next time will result in contact from my attorney. Hopefully that’s the end of it with this site.

I checked Family Watchdog — a supposedly popular site for searching S.O.’s — not long after I was terminated from the registry, but I didn’t find myself on there. I guess they update on a fairly frequent basis.

Keep in mind that your cached image may still turn up in a search after you’ve been removed from these sites. These will eventually drop off, but if you want to get rid of these sooner than later then this can likewise be resolved using the search engine removal tool. Again, I have dedicated a separate section below with instructions on how to remove yourself from Google and Bing/Yahoo.

IMPORTANT NOTE: as with all of these sites you find yourself on, make sure to bookmark your profile page AND save the link in a text file, which you can then use to remove yourself from Google searches.

MUGSHOT WEBSITES

Ah yes, the wonderful world of mugshot websites. God bless them, eh? Until recently, it was a losing game for people who were posted on these sites. Removal would have cost you a pretty penny, and once one site took you down they apparently alerted others to put your info up on theirs, knowing that you had the money to remove yourself from the previous one and will likely pay again. As one article that I read on the subject put it, it became an endless game of whack-a-mole. Well, those days are over thanks to lawmakers cracking down on this obvious extortion scheme.

I’ll start with the most notorious of them all, mugshots.com.

My friend called me one evening and urged me to turn on the TV and watch Inside Edition. The segment that was running at the time was covering mugshots.com, how it’s damaged so many lives, and how the owners were finally being brought to justice. What caught my attention was when the host said at the end of the segment that mugshots.com will now remove your information “for free.” Well, not for everyone: you’ll need proof of expungement. Go here https://mugshots.com/contact/ and fill out the fields. When requesting removal in the Message box make sure to include your Mugshots ID #, which should be right beneath your name on the site. They’ll email you with instructions.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the guy at mugshots.com who responded to my emails wasn’t exactly the brightest bulb on the chandelier. He asked me for a copy of the “expungement docs.” So I sent him the only official document, which in California is the Order for Dismissal.” But apparently this wasn’t enough, because while my info was deleted my name and photo still remained on the page with “CASE DISMISSED” in red caps across my face. So I emailed again to ask why, and the guy replied telling me that for my name and picture to be deleted he’ll still need the “expungment docs.” I told him that the Order for Dismissal I sent him is the official expungement document in the State of California. But he still didn’t accept it, so I sent him a copy of the court filing itself as well as the minute order on which I highlighted in yellow the part where the judge granted my expungement, as well as a link to the statute describing expungment under the California Penal Code. The guy finally removed my name and photo.

Another mugshot site I came across is arrestfacts.com. Search your name on the home page. Once you’ve found your profile, click “INFORMATION CONTROL” beneath your picture, fill in your name, email, click “I’m not a robot” and send. You will receive an email with a link to click and confirm. They’ll remove you shortly.

For bustedmugshots.com, which has a much simpler process. Just go to www.bustedmugshots.com/contact and fill in the fields. You’ll be removed quickly.

These are the most commonly known mugshot sites I found in my research. As I understood it, there are supposedly countless others out there. But from what I uncovered, some of them have already gone out of business. Along with numerous civil suits, those recent crackdowns could very well have been the cause, either scaring the owners into believing that they’ll meet a similar fate or shutting down any means through which they can collect payment. And with new and pending legislation fighting these sites both on state and federal levels, I’m predicting that they will soon be a thing of the past.

PEOPLE SEARCH SITES

For most of these sites all you need to do is opt out. There are many that fall under this category, but some of them may have already been mentioned above as background check companies. Others such as MyLife is an all-in-one comprehensive reputation site that contains info on your credit record, criminal background, etc.

Before I continue, I want to share a brief thought on opting out. If you’ve received an expungement, CoR and termination from the registry then all you need to do is make sure that your info is updated on these sites. Opting out may lead to complications should someone, such as a company you’re applying a job with, want to run a check on you and can’t find any information. I personally opt out only because I don’t want any of my personal info such as home address to be made public. So opting out isn’t for everyone and in certain instances may not be advisable.

As with all of the types of sites mentioned previously, the following are some of the most popular under this category, but there are likely many similar sites out there.

peekyou.com: visit https://www.peekyou.com/about/contact/optout/ and fill in the search fields. You will receive an automated email. Reply to confirm.

spokeo.com: enter your name in the search field on the home page. Once you have found your name in the list, click it and verify that the profile is indeed yours, then copy the URL. Then go to www.spokeo.com/optout and paste the URL and enter your email address in the respective fields, then click “I’m not a robot” and “REMOVE THIS LISTING.” You will receive an automated email. Click the link in the email to confirm.

publicrecordsnow.com: go to https://www.publicrecordsnow.com/static/view/contact/. Next to “Subject” select “OPT-OUT” and fill out the rest of the fields, then click “Send Message.”

city-data.com: your info is on their list classified by zip code and will likely turn up on a Google or Bing search. Simply email them at errors@city-data.com explaining that you are no longer on any registry. They’ll remove your name and info immediately.

whitepages.com: copy URL of your profile page. Go to https://support.whitepages.com/hc/en-us/requests/new. Under “Please choose your issue below” select “I need to edit or remove a listing,” fill in your email address and paste listing URL. You can skip all the other fields except Subject and Description as required. Click “Submit.”

publicrecordsnow.com: go to https://www.publicrecordsnow.com/static/view/contact/. Next to “Subject” select “OPT-OUT” and fill out the rest of the fields, then click “Send Message.”

REMOVAL FROM SEARCH ENGINES

If you removed your info and photo on a site then it should eventually drop off from Google searches. If, however, you don’t have that sort of time or patience then the good news is that you can do this manually and have it deleted from searches usually within a day.

Google: again, you’ll need to log in with an existing Google account. If you don’t want to open one then you can have a friend or family member who has an account do it for you. Simply log in to the search console at https://accounts.google.com/signin/v2/identifier?service=sitemaps&passive=1209600&continue=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fwebmasters%2Ftools%2Fremovals&followup=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fwebmasters%2Ftools%2Fremovals&flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=ServiceLogin. Under “Remove outdated content” you’ll see a field where you paste the link of the old URL where your deleted profile used to be. It should be a dead link (404). Click the red “REQUEST REMOVAL” and follow instructions. NOTE: if the link you submit isn’t necessarily “dead” but leads to a general page on the site, then the console will give you an option to update on any cached info. In this case the removal type is “changed content.” This process will likely take a little longer. You can log in to the console to check the status.

Bing/Yahoo: these two search engines are now one and the same. Go here https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster/ and log in with a Microsoft, Google or Facebook account. This one’s even easier than Google’s removal tool. Simply enter the dead link in the “Content URL” field, then select the “Removal type,” then click “SUBMIT.”

Well, hopefully some of you will benefit from this post. I can’t stress enough how important it is to maintain your own situation. Stay on top of everything whenever you can. Like I already said, in many cases the outdated information should simply drop off on its own, depending on the site. But for others, you’ll need to remove it yourself. Again, please feel free to ask questions or contribute with additional information relevant to this topic.

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  1. Nicholas Maietta

    WARNING WARNING WARNING!!!

    Do not purchase any services from reputation repair companies. In the span of about 8 years, since around Nov of 2011, i began researching mugshot and reputation repair websites as well as many of the spammy data collection and dissemination websites. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

    Here are just SOME of the the things many of the reputation repair “companies” will do to screw you over:
    – They can’t remove all of the information from the web, because they don’t control it. The reason they can remove your information from some unsavory websites like mugshot sites is simply because they either own and operate them, or are in a strategic racketeering operation with said mugshot and data collection websites.
    – Like magic, one you pay many of these “companies”, you may appear later on other websites not connected with them. This ensures you will re-hire them for future services. This is also part of their racket.
    – If you inquiry to some of these companies, you may begin getting targeted in a few months to a year or longer for removal options later.
    – A couple of these companies I’ve investigated have actual hackers on their team including law enforcement connections and access. You have been warned. REPEAT: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
    – Some of these companies will collect your personal information they don’t already have, like drivers license, social security number et cetera in order to gain intel on you, a sex offender. This is to “verify” who you are.

    Keep in mind, virtually none of the reputation repair companies I’ve researched are registered and traceable businesses with actual individuals publicly available that can be held liable. They are setup specifically to hide who operates them. The tactics used are identical to the mugshot websites as well as the other spammy data-collection and dissemination websites.

    Here is my advice:
    – Use 3rd party archiving services like archive.org to take snapshots of URLs containing any negative information you find online about yourself. This can be used in court later if you must. These snapshots do not show up in any kind of search results, at least not anywhere in the foreseeable future. (That won’t stop someone from putting up a site with links to those if they can find them)
    – Catalog all the URL’s that contain any personal information.
    – Sex offender registration photos are NOT mugshots. They do not fall under the same free-speech protections courts have ruled mugshots are protected by.
    – Outdated information found on websites are actionable offenses in many states. You need to be able to pursue this with legal action if you want them removed.
    – For information found on social networks, most have terms of service policies that require users not share personal information. You can easily email the social networks to have any information removed (but if you want to take legal action, you should preserve evidence through legal actions.)
    – Be warned that any legal action to remove information at a specific URL is not going to be good enough. URL’s can be changed easily and often dynamically in software. This is never ending battle you will never win. Instead, seek action against the operators of the websites.
    – Here’s a big one: DO NOT EVER FOLLOW ANY LINKS TO THE INFORMATION YOU FIND ONLINE ABOUT YOURSELF. ESPECIALLY ON MUGSHOT WEBSITES. THEY TRACK WHAT IS BEING VIEWED AND BEGIN TARGETING THOSE INDIVIDUALS. YOU ALSO EXPOSE YOUR IP ADDRESS TO THEM, BROWSER INFO AND MORE.
    – Use your real name everywhere and leave only nice comments, never attack anyone online (Nobody ever attacks me online because they have no reason to look me up)
    – If seeking work, housing or love, assume you are being searched. Build yourself a “About me” website. I operate a consulting business.
    – Put as much online about yourself as you can. Comments, contributions of information, etc. Search engines index this activity. Through this I was able to burry my Homefacts page on page 5 of Google search results as of this writing.
    – Write to the legal department hosting providers that host the websites. You can use a DNS lookup service to get the IP address of a domain name, then plug that into arin.net search field at the top of the website to reveal the abuse contact information. Use subject line similar to: “Domain/Website http://www.example.com/path/to/url.html is publishing personal information”. You may get an automated response with further instructions.

    Using the ARIN.NET to lookup IP’s of websites and in turn, contact info, you can in fact shut down entire websites for abuse. I’ve done this many, many times. I’ve shut down numerous websites that have published personal information. However there is a loophole and Charles Roderick (Now legally changed his name to Charles Broderick, used in the past. He registered as his own ISP of sorts and purchased IP netblocks and used those ensure was the one contacted for take-down notices. In those very rare cases, other options exist.)

    There is likely a lot more I am not thinking of here. I have been out of the loop for a while but remember, no single private entity, no matter how well organized can control the publishing of information online.

  2. Bo

    Call all 4 credit bureaus and get credit freezes while you at it. Also there are huge data brokers that you haven’t included. Google Michael Bazzell, he also has a book on removing public information.

    Then. Stop giving your information out.

    This removal stuff is helpful even if you are still on a registry.

  3. Tim in WI

    All of this the result from adopting an unfettered and unconstitutional disposition toward database use. IMO, one more onerous outcome from our leadership taking their position concerning SOR in the DOE03 decisions.

    Historically the already convicted sexual oriented offender who first suffered the ubiquitous nature of the government database. Derek at oncefallen brought the recent attendance and position of the Library of Congress on the issue during the SMART symposium.Agent

    https://sosen.org/blog/2019/07/20/sosen-alliance-of-registry-reform-activists-at-the-smart-office-symposium.html

    It may be that we are seeing revisionist history playing out concerning the database issues by the political class via the Library of Congress. This will be something to watch in the near future.

  4. FinallyOffTheReg

    Hello All,

    Once I was officially off the Registry here in Connecticut which was last Summer I set about cleaning up the digital crap that was a result of it. The biggest one was “Patch Publications” who had the “Beware of These Offenders” crap during Halloween postings that come out every early October.

    What I found very powerful was having a copy of the letter from the State SOR confirming removal. In fact, I provided this to Patch Publications and they, after receiving it responded and took down my info. Now it doesn’t prevent of course the Archiving of Data that is web based. But I followed all those data aggregator site rules for removal-total removal of my info as an “opt out”.

    I agree. It’s a bunch of work. But if one can reduce the digital trail by even an X percent, that is a good thing. What I have found is that over about a year, due to the lack of “relevancy” my data has been pushed back deep into about page 17 on a Google search. There are still some anchors, but those are court related and I think cannot be removed.

    The bottom line is that I agree totally with the Author of the post. Be aggressive in managing one’s digital footprint. I don’t do LinkIn, don’t do Twitter, or Instagram or any social media platforms. Those that know me, know how to CALL ME. Thus the further down on the list of pages of returns I appear, the further I begin to drop off the “Algorithm” of returns. I even got “Mugshots.com” within 48 hours of submittal of the Removal Letter from the State, to DELETE my information.

    What’s the takeaway? FIGHT BACK!!!!!!!!!!

    Be well everyone.

    Namaste

    • Tim in WI

      Patch Press has a long and sordid history itself. IMO wolves on sheep’s clothing.

    • Free Again

      @FinallyOffTheReg

      During the time I was registered I had never heard of Patch. I looked them up and read about their annual Halloween map. Are you saying that they also post archived SO’s on these maps? Is there any other offenders list on their site besides their Halloween map? If so then please provide a link so that I can see whether or not I’m on it.

  5. NoName

    How to reconcile?

    My employer is asking for a copy of my criminal history record. Can I give it to them?

    No. California Penal Code section 11142 prohibits you from giving your copy of your criminal record to an unauthorized third party. In addition, California Penal Code section 11125 prohibits an individual or agency from requiring you to provide him/her or the agency with a copy of your criminal record or proof that a record does or does not exist. Violation of either of these sections is a misdemeanor offense.

    https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security_faq

    Criminal Records – Request Your Own

    Home Background Checks Criminal Records – Request Your Own

    Access to criminal history summary records maintained by the DOJ is restricted by law to legitimate law enforcement purposes and authorized applicant agencies. However, individuals have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record from the Department to review for accuracy and completeness. Requests from third parties are not authorized and will not be processed.

    Note: Criminal history records requested for an individual’s own review cannot be used for Visa/Immigration or any foreign nation transactions. If you are seeking a background check for Visa/Immigration or any foreign nation transactions, see Visa/Immigration.

    To receive a copy of YOUR criminal history record, individuals must submit fingerprint images, pay a $25 processing fee to the DOJ, and follow the instructions below. You may be eligible to apply for a fee waiver to cover the DOJ processing fees. See Apply for a Fee Waiver.

    https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/record-review

    Given these restrictions, how can someone share ciminal history for profit?

  6. Guest

    Great resource, thanks a lot.

    Wondering if there is anything one can do about old media reports about one’s case (say, one was a teacher or other “public” figure”) from a digital archive from a major newspaper, like the LA Times. From decades ago. Any ideas?

    • Free Again

      I came across guaranteedremovals.com, a Canadian company. Their home page contains a list of what they remove, the first of which is “News media articles.” I was at first very skeptical of this claim given the press’ broad constitutional protections. But at the very top of the home page it states, “You only pay if we get results.” So they sound like they’re worth looking into. You can call them toll free from the U.S. at 1(855) 233-2067.

  7. JohnDoeUtah

    I had everything removed but these two:

    https://bailbondcity.com/indiana/
    https://public.courtrecords.org/people/

    I don’t even know how I ended up on an Indiana site with my Utah records, never been to the state.
    Public records also refused. I reported both to the hosting service, and both defended their posting as accurate at the time of posting, the hosting service refused to take it down.

    Any ideas on what to do next? I haven’t tried to revisit this for about a year.

    • Tim in WI

      Utah Joe,

      By God I’d write Kennedy himself and ask him what to do about your plight. The ubiquitous nature of online firms, indeed.

      I suspect the reason a file in Indiana was developed because of a similarity in name. Happens so much yet not talked about much. Mistaken electronic identity.

    • AJ

      @John Doe Utah:
      Do these sites state anything that is false? Regardless of true at publication, if they are stating something about you that’s not or no longer true, you may be able to threaten them with defamation or similar and see if they jump. The IN one, at minimum, would seem an easy fight since they are posting incorrect information about you–and it matters not that they got it from a gov’t source (assuming they did).

      • JohnDoeUtah

        Well, I did get CourtRecords to take down the information today. I did report the SexOffendersByState one (India based) to google, as well as the Indiana site as well.

        If you read the ToS for the India site, they try to state all legal challenges must go through the courts in India and that the law there applies.

  8. Redeemed1

    I was removed from my state (Ohio) a few years ago. Shortly afterwards I asked for a “letter of verification” from the office that I used to report to. They said that they couldn’t give me anything, but to contact the state AG to get something. They also said that they wouldn’t give me anything, and to contact the registering office. It was a circle of getting nothing. Initially, I didn’t see anything about myself online, so I didn’t think of it. But after reading this I decided to do another search, and I show up, including a copy of my last registeration from 4 years ago. I am at a loss of what to do to how “show proof” in documentation to remove myself from sites.

    • JohnDoeUtah

      Same here. Most don’t show up, but a new one is http://sexoffendersbystate.com

      The WHOITS shows it is a company/individual in INDIA of all places.

      Domain Name: SEXOFFENDERSBYSTATE.COM
      Registry Domain ID: 1989712083_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
      Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.publicdomainregistry.com
      Registrar URL: http://www.publicdomainregistry.com
      Updated Date: 2018-12-21T18:43:53Z
      Creation Date: 2015-12-26T08:07:42Z
      Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2019-12-26T08:07:42Z
      Registrar: PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com
      Registrar IANA ID: 303
      Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
      Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
      Registrant Name: Partha sarathi
      Registrant Organization:
      Registrant Street: 6-19-202 adarsh nagar
      Registrant City: Nizamabad
      Registrant State/Province: Andhra Pradesh
      Registrant Postal Code: 503001
      Registrant Country: IN
      Registrant Phone: +91.7794077600
      Registrant Phone Ext:
      Registrant Fax:
      Registrant Fax Ext:
      Registrant Email: domainshop@generalconnection.com
      Registry Admin ID: Not Available From Registry
      Admin Name: Partha sarathi
      Admin Organization:
      Admin Street: 6-19-202 adarsh nagar
      Admin City: Nizamabad
      Admin State/Province: Andhra Pradesh
      Admin Postal Code: 503001
      Admin Country: IN
      Admin Phone: +91.7794077600
      Admin Phone Ext:
      Admin Fax:
      Admin Fax Ext:
      Admin Email: domainshop@generalconnection.com
      Registry Tech ID: Not Available From Registry
      Tech Name: Partha sarathi
      Tech Organization:
      Tech Street: 6-19-202 adarsh nagar
      Tech City: Nizamabad
      Tech State/Province: Andhra Pradesh
      Tech Postal Code: 503001
      Tech Country: IN
      Tech Phone: +91.7794077600
      Tech Phone Ext:
      Tech Fax:
      Tech Fax Ext:
      Tech Email: domainshop@generalconnection.com
      Name Server: ns1.webhostingva.com
      Name Server: ns2.webhostingva.com
      DNSSEC: Unsigned
      Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse-contact@publicdomainregistry.com
      Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2013775952
      URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
      Last update of WHOIS database: 2019-08-03T04:16:13Z

      • Tired of this

        Here is something I’ve been wondering: among the nearly 1 million of us, plus friends and family, surely someone has the skills and knowledge to hack these kinds of sites and take them down, no? I really think we’re going to have to start fighting back dirty. Seriously. These scumbags hide behind foreign domains like the cowardly weasels they are, which makes them harder to go after through conventional channels.

        • JohnDoeUtah

          Yeah I haven’t had to register for nearly 3 years, and all of a sudden this one pops up and it is based on information that is 5 years old. (Not current address, but it does have my photo).

        • NoName

          @JohnDoeUtah

          Have you considered printing the 5-year-old listing and sending it to the old address. My bet is that they would take action given all the errors that result in violance against whoever happens to live in the residence. This is assuming you don’t know who they are (family or friends, etc.)

        • Tim in WI

          Tired,
          Well I could hack, but I wont. It’d be like chasing your own tail. Again, most don’t comprehend the true nature of the database machine. While it was the sex offender that was first used to open the door, the rest of the population came shortly thereafter. Very very poor leadership indeed.

        • Free Again

          I didn’t find myself on there, thankfully. All of these little rackets and scams they’ve got going on in India are operated by people who aren’t very business savvy and know only how to take advantage of people in order to make a buck while offering no real value to consumers. They’ll fold soon enough.

        • ANON

          I don’t know that taking them down is the right approach. How about flooding the system with bad information? I don’t know how to do that, but it sounds like fun.

    • AJ

      @Redeemed1:
      Perhaps write a letter to the agencies asking them for clarification of your registration requirements and status. Even better, have an attorney whip it up for you–they typically get better results from bureaucrats than the public they serve does. Word it in such a way that they will have to answer in some manner saying you no longer have to register. That may be the best you get. You could also try a FOIA of yourself at those agencies and see what they spit out.

  9. anonQ

    Great post. I haven’t posted on this site in a few years but I do check for useful information and this one fits the bill in spades. Got off the registry this year. Working a whole lot and don’t have much free time at all, but I did do a search for Michael Bazzell per Bo and am considering hiring him to help. According to his site online data removal starts at $1,250. I may have to bite the bullet and do this.

    • Free Again

      I just posted a reply above regarding guaranteedremovals.com. With them you pay only if you get results. I’d look into them as well. Call 1(855) 233-2067.

  10. John

    when im done registering mugshots would take me off? curious thought that was only if it was expunged. off last week but still waiting for them to take me off the illinois registry and send a letter saying i completed my registration in MN.

    • Free Again

      @John
      It says in the notice at the top of their homepage, “If the court saw fit to expunge your record, so will we, free of charge.” The word they use is “expunge.” Perhaps this is a long shot, but if you send them any other type of documentation such as a Certificate of Rehabilitation then they may accept it and remove you. I wouldn’t mention the word “expungement” at all when sending it in. I’d just wait to see what they do on their end. If they don’t remove you entirely then maybe they’ll still meet you halfway and delete just your info while keeping your picture up on there with the word “case dismissed” like they did with me initially.

      DISCLAIMER: the following is for entertainment purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. I do not encourage anyone to engage in any illegal activity, even though it’s done to counter the actions of crooked scumbag extortionists while actually harming no one in the process.

      Now, here’s something I just thought of which you may understandably be reluctant to consider. If you read the section that I posted above about mugshots.com, they did not accept the Order for Dismissal as the official expungement notice, even though it actually is. So I sent them a copy of the minute order which included details of my expungement hearing. This, in turn, resulted in complete removal of my name and photo from their site.

      Anyway, not that I’m saying anyone here should do this, because, you know, it’s just wrong. 😉 But given the quick turnaround time between that last email to mugshots.com and the removal of my info, I’m guessing that whoever’s handling this on their end doesn’t check with the court to verify what you send him. Soooo….now you didn’t hear this from me or anyone else here, but let’s say a little bird told you to go to the courthouse and obtain a copy of your minute order, stamped by the clerk. Then this little bird suggests that you scan said document and then, using your word processing software, take the liberty of adding some more info, like, oh I don’t know, an expungement hearing in which the judge grants you your dismissal. Then said bird tells you to send a scanned copy of that “updated” minute order in to mugshots.com. Chances are very good that you’ll be removed altogether from the site. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

      • john

        awesome, ill give that a shot. police said i was done but to double check with the bca to make sure. they sure are taking their sweet time my end date was 7/24 supposivly

  11. mm

    I have found this to be a useful resource when dealing with opt-outs.
    it is a master list. It will take time to do but I have found it very helpful
    https://pastebin.com/5LwEU8vK

    It comes from this site
    https://paranoidsbible.tumblr.com/infosec

    which promotes internet security and privacy concerns

    I hope you find this as useful as I have.

    Thank you to the original poster for bringing this topic to us!!!

    • C

      These are great resources and I worked from a similar list to remove myself from several websites, particularly those that list my family and friends right alongside me. It drives me nuts that sites use this info to verify my identity, more than once asking me the birth place of my former step mother who I’ve not seen for over 30 years!
      While I want this info removed from the Internet, since the state makes my info publicly available and there’s nothing I can do about it, I make sure it’s not the first thing that pops up when someone Googles my name. To that end I actively maintain FB and LinkedIn and use Reputation.com to help in that effort.

      • E @ C

        Hey C, how much does reputation.com cost? Are they worth it? I had heard their ads before…

  12. Gralphr

    While I’m currently on the registry, I have the ability to petition to get off (all tiers in Indiana can after 10 years on the registry). Does anyone know of anyone successful in petitioning the registry and actually getting off? I wrote a letter stating my situation and reasons for wanting off, and would love for said peoples to give me an honest opinion about it.

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