Identity theft and fake meth lab registry sites

In my efforts to keep my visitors informed about how to better protect themselves from renting or buying a meth lab home, it worries me to think about how many viewers will go to sites that will give them misleading information. One such site, that recently turned up on the net, requires visitors to enter personal information in order to get access to a list of web sites in the U.S. The site attempts to make visitors “think” it is an official site by prominently displaying a picture of a government building on it.

Knowing full well that there is no database anywhere in the world that contains that information, I asked a friend to sign up to see just what kind of information they had to offer. When you sign up for the site, you must enter a user name and an email address so they can email you a password to enter the site. They also ask for street address, phone number, etc. Here’s what happens after you use your new username and address to log in to their site.

This above result happened over an over again, despite using the unique password they provided and despite double and triple checking that the username and password were correct. From my standpoint, the site is just a ploy to gather email addresses and other identifying information from its visitors. I suspect that in the days that follow, my friend will be getting email that she never asked to receive, email that may continue to entice its recipients to provide credit card information as they try to sell them products and/or services, products and/or services that may never arrive.

It’s unfortunate to think that the site I found may be using the nationwide problem of meth addiction and meth labs not to provide its visitors with information that can help them, but to gather email addresses and other personal information from its visitors. With that information, they can further exploit their desperate attempts to find a way to deal with the real problems that homeowners, renters, and other property owners face when dealing with a meth lab home. More importantly, sites may further exploit individuals and parents who are worried about the health effects that the toxins inside of meth lab contaminated properties can have on themselves and the people they love.


Please don’t make any buying or renting decisions without checking out the history of the property yourself! Call your state or local police department and your county Sheriff’s department and ask if the property was ever busted for meth, contact your local health department and ask them if they have any information on record about the property, and probably the most important source of information – talk to the neighbors and ask them if they know if there has ever been any drug activity on the property.

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