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Claim: Web site provides listings of violent criminals residing in your neighborhood.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2008]
Safety starts with good information, even if it ends with you holding a loadedDebates over whether this sort of mechanism is a useful tool or a massive invasion of privacy are moot (for now), because FelonySpy is an obvious gag that simply produces random, template-based listings rather than real information about criminals: The listings provided for felons supposedly living in the area of any particular address are completely different from visit to visit, the maps show criminals "residing" in places that have no residential facilities (such as shopping malls, golf courses, public parks, and undeveloped lots), and entries in the site's FAQ (such as the following) are clearly facetious:
Our patented Felon Search technology mines data from across the nation, from the web and otherwise, and combines it into a single, easy to use interface. Whether you're checking up on your own neighbors or trying to find out if that hotel you've been eyeing is in a safe place, we can help.
Q: I have some "somewhat legally obtained" information to contribute, can I help?If all that weren't already enough of a giveaway, FelonSpy.com also carries on its main page prominent links to other hoax sites, such as
A: Yes you can. We are dedicated to keeping law abiding citizens safe and secure, and if we have to break laws and violate constitutional rights to do it, so be it. Please contact us immediately to tell us what databases you may be able to steal from your work, and what price and conditions you demand in exchange for the information society needs to be safe and secure.
Last updated: 22 February 2008
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