News Flash

From: (Jean Ward)
Subject: News Flash
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996 09:35:40 -0700

This has nothing to do with Mars or PTK, but I thought I would pass it on.
It came from a friend in my email.

Date: Sat, 28 Sep 1996 09:55:19 -0800
Subject: RE: Fwd: warning! your privates can be publics
Author:  Jarah Emison at HQS4
Date:    9/18/96 8:10 AM

 >Your name, social security number, current address, previous addresses,
 >mother's maiden name, birth date and other personal information are now
 >available to anyone with a credit card through a new Lexis database
 >called P-Trax.  As I am sure you are aware, this information could be
 >used to commit credit card fraud or otherwise allow someone else to use
 >your identity.
 >You can have your name and information removed from this list by making
 >telephone request.  Call (800)543-6862, select option 4 and then option
 >("P-trax") and tell the representative answering that you wish to
 >your name from the P-trax database.  You may also send a fax to (513)
 >865-1930, or physical mail to LEXIS-NEXIS attn: P-trax / P.O. Box 933 /
 >Dayton, Ohio 45401-0933.  Sending physical mail to confirm your name
 >been removed is always a good idea.
 >As word of the existence of this database has spread on the net,
 >Lexis-Nexis has been inundated with calls, and has set up a special set
 >of operators to handle the volume.  In addition, Andrew Bleh (rhymes
 >"Play") is a manager responsible for this product, and is the person to
 >whom complaints about the service could be directed.  He can be reached
 >at the above 800 number.  Ask for extension 3385.  According to Lexis,
 >the manager
 >responsible is Bill Fister at extension 1364.
 > I suggest that we inundate these people with requests to remove our
 >from the list and forward this e-mail to everyone we know.
 > >>

Normally I would not pass something like this on, however, I did hear
something about P-Trax on the radio the other day and considered that it
was not a good idea then. I would suspect that even by registering your
protest to these people you would be creating another data base. Ironic
isn't it! Should you decide to have your name removed from their list, the
phone method followed by a letter may be most effective.