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Opt-Out Tuesday: How to remove your info from AddressSearch

People search sites collect and aggregate information about you and offer it up to anyone interested. Tap or click here for our growing list of invasive people search sites.

Your full name, address, phone number, family history, employment information, property records and more are up for grabs thanks to these sites.

For this week’s entry in our Opt-Out Tuesday series, we’ll show you how to remove yourself from AddressSearch.

Avoid people search sites at all costs, especially if it costs you

Don’t ever pay for any people search service. Most of these sites are scammy in nature. You may think you’re paying for one report and find that you’ve been roped into recurring charges.

And never pay to remove your information from any site. This process must be provided for free.

When opting out of a people search site, be careful which links you click. They’re often ads that lead you to another site that requests payment. We’ll provide accurate links to remove yourself from these sites with each Opt-out Tuesday report.

Do you have older relatives who may not know about these sites? While you’re opting out yourself, why not do the same for them? Just type in their information as you would your own, and follow our steps to completion.

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AddressSearch lets you search both ways

AddressSearch prides itself on providing free access to more than 95 million email addresses and 140 million mailing addresses. You can search for a person by name or mailing address to find out who lives there.

Fortunately, AddressSearch has a relatively simple opt-out process.

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Remove yourself from AddressSearch

Follow our step-by-step instructions to opt out of AddressSearch:

  • Select Remove yourself when you’re done.
  • Wait 24 to 48 hours for your information to be removed.

Go to addresssearch.com/contact.php for any questions or concerns.

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