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Where do info brokers get their info from the internet?
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Could please clarify what it is you want since there is just too much info on the net.
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Depending on the integrity of the so-called "info-broker".    Most of these guys compile their lists from Usenet, then sell your information to the next "info-broker" who sells to another...   Eventually, you get spammed with MLM scams, Work at home scams, and beastiality porn site ads...And endless vicious cycle.

Porn sites are the worst to submit information to.   Most of the time, the guy who is running the porn site is also involved in "info brokering" and a simple email to the webmaster can end up being a 50 spam messages a day mistake...

Others will farm for your information by way of giveaways (i.e.:   Click here to win a 1998 Porche Boxter!!)  --  The gotcha is who is paying for that $50k car?   The people they sell your information to.  While  one person may be driving home in a new Boxter, the other 2 million people who filled out the "Official Entry Blank" are having thier information sold to direct marketers and getting an email box crammed with spam.  Thus, the wildfire growth of web email accounts -- quick & disposable when the spam gets unbearable...   (My ISP charges when excessive email is sent to the account)

On the other hand, a respectable company that asks for your personal information usually has a box you check if you don't want to be spammed, and almost all of the one's I've chosen have been true to thier word.    It boils down to "Don't talk to strangers"  --  Don't give your information out to someone you don't know or trust.

Welcome to the internet...

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