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I was setting up an online account for our fire department’s Costco account this morning. After I had created my user name and password, I was asked in an email to verify my account, and a pop-up window told me they used a third-party service to identify people.
Each question was multiple choice. The first question asked was the color of a motorcycle I purchased in 2015 (and still own). The second was in what state did I live in from 1970 to 1975; the third gave the name of the street where my wife and I lived in our senior year of college (1981-82), and asked me to select the city. I think it asked a fourth question which I have forgotten.
I assume this data is likely sourced from credit reporting places, but it still amazes me how quickly it could access these details. After all, we didn’t have any credit cards when we were in college, I paid cash for the motorcycle, and from ’70 to ’75 I was a middle and high schooler. Of course, once it’s in the database it’s virtually instantly accessible.
Mrs Tex and I once counted how many places had our fingerprints, and I think it was six (and neither of us has ever been arrested). Someplace the USAF has her footprint as all pilots get footprinted for identification in the case of a crash (for obviously gruesome reasons). But dot-gov has nothing on the credit agencies.Published in