WhoIs ~ www.123people.com

Public Threat Alert – 123people.com

scamFRAUDalert believe websites that harvest public records database and sell the harvested information are a public threat.

Why? Because individual private records regardless of it in the public domain are being sold to someone adversary or to some criminal organization.

The sale of people private records is a practice that law makers and law enforcement need to pay keen attention. This business model is a CLEAR and PRESENT DANGER to our privacy and a threat to humanity.

These business practices Are A Threat To The Global Internet Infrastructure



I stumbled across this rather dubious site called 123people.com who have crudely used robots to scrape public information about me and the hundreds of other people who shared my name or second name. In my opinion, we must mobilise and see them charged, convicted and jailed for a range of data protection, libel and consequential damages crimes. A simple search for 123people complaints that excludes their site finds 2.3 million hits. Something’s wrong.

While the items of information they have aggregated about me is, or was correct and was at least once public, it was previously in context. I had placed this information on trusted websites like LinkedIn where it accurately presented my credentials but not at 123people.com.

They have haphazardly interlinked my web presence with that of others with a similar name, regardless of sex. For example, a woman with my second name and 19 positive criminal record searches which reads like we are related and an advertisement for a male hooker and a punk rocker from my old town. Despite sourcing much of this mash-up from LinkedIn, they proudly announce that I have no professional linkages which also transmits a completely inaccurate picture.

After a number of difficult attempts, I have marked all my links to 123people for removal and will give them a few days to act. If they have not corrected this nonsense at that point, I will be looking to lead a significant legal claim against them on behalf of all of us who have been affected. Let me know any interest in providing evidence and legal services.

  1. www.ussearch.com
  2. www.arrestfiles.org
  3. www.usa-people-search.com
  4. www.classmates.com
  5. www.instantcheckmate.com
  6. www.beenverified.com
  7. www.mylife.com
  8. www.peoplesmart.com
  9. www.whitepages.com

Linke Wienzeile 8/29
Vienna, 1060, AUT

Markus Wagner @MarkusWagner
I’m a European web 2.0 business incubator Vienna / Austria / Europe ·http://hoteurostartups.wordpress.com

  1. i5invest’s investments include:
  2. 3united AG: (Exit to VeriSign Inc.2006)
  3. 123people.com: (Exit to Pages Jaunes Group 2010)
  4. tripwolf.com: (Joint Venture MairDumont Media Group, Dieter von Holtzbrinck)
  5. tupalo.com: (Joint Venture European Directories Group/Herold)
  6. wikitude GmbH: (Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge
  7. EMEA, second at Austrian Private Equity & Venture Capital Award 2011)
  8. adaffix GmbH: (Global Mobile Award 2010 for Best Mobile Internet Service)

Paul Weinberger, Chairman of the board
Lukas Zinnagl, Business Development

Russell Perry, CEO
Markus Wagner
Advisory Board
Stefan Kalteis, CEO

Am 05.11.2010 15:48, schrieb ScamFraudAlert:

Dear scamFRAUDalert,

Thank you for your e-mail. We appreciate your feedback and we can assure you that we work very hard to answer your questions regarding data protection laws and regulations.

123people is a free real time search service that finds information that is publicly available on the Internet (i.e. social networking profiles). 123people enables users to check and control their digital footprint and find out what personal information is publicly available on the web.

Please understand that 123people provides a tool to make the search for people related information more convenient. We cannot ensure that information found on the web applies only to one person as the search is related to a name pair, not to a specific person. The more common a name pair is, i.e. “John Smith”, the less specific the information will be.

We do not store any person related profiles or information. This means we are not able to distinguish and separate between different people displayed in our search results, only between names. We comply and are registered under the Austrian Data Protection Laws as we are based in Vienna, Austria.

In every search result there is a certain degree of inaccuracy; results are not often related to a single individual. As we have developed and utilize an automated search technology, a 100% accuracy rate is not possible. We rely on the “human factor”, the user, to make the final distinction of available and relevant information.

If you do not want to be found through 123people, we recommend changing or deleting the inaccurate information that concerns your person from the original source or website. It will therefore disappear from 123people and most other search engines without our intervention. You can use 123people to identify all data sources by looking at your search results. Sources are clearly identified with either a symbol or a text link.

If however you want us to remove information that concerns you explicitly from 123people we are more than happy to follow your request.

Please send us the specific search result links that point directly to the personal information in question.

How to identify your personal links:

1. Search for the requested name pair on 123people.

2. Click on any link in the search result or on the small icon on the bottom left of the thumbnail.

3. Copy the full link displayed in the grey 123people frame within the redirected page or the link provided in the picture thumbnail preview.

4. Send us the links via e-mail along with your full name and we will restrict them on our search service, in compliance with European Guidelines and the Austrian Data Protection Law.

If you would like us to restrict your address or your phone number, please give us the exact link from the source which you can obtain by copying the link location/address (and indicate us the exact address that appears on 123people search results).

How do I copy a link to send it to 123people?

Once you’ve identified the link you would like to send, you must do the following:

– Right click on the link. A menu will appear will some options

– Selection the following option: “Copy Link Location”

– Keep in mind different browsers have slightly different variations on this, but the main text to search for is: “Copy Link…”

With the link copied, you must paste it into the email. To do this, simply create a new email, right click in the message area and select “Paste”.

Please note that although we can restrict a certain link from 123people, the information will continue to exist publicly on the Internet. This means if someone searches for the same name pair on another search engine, the link may continue to appear.

Advice: you can only request link restriction pertaining to your name.

Please visit our web site for detailed information and screenshots about how to identify the links appearing on 123people:


Every month more than 40 million users rely on our people search service. 123people has in many cases been beneficial with people helping them to control and manage their digital footprint, find lost friends and family members or make new business contacts.

Kind regards,

Damian Brooks
Customer Service Specialist

Address lookup
canonical name www.123people.com

Domain Whois record

Queried whois.internic.net with “dom 123people.com

Domain Name: 123PEOPLE.COM
Whois Server: whois.psi-usa.info
Referral URL: http://www.psi-usa.info
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 02-jun-2012
Creation Date: 01-jun-2004
Expiration Date: 01-jun-2013

Last update of whois database: Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:12:12 UTC

Queried whois.psi-usa.info with “123people.com”…


This is the PSI-USA, Inc. WHOIS server.

All requests are logged.

Requesting IP:
requesting URL: http://whois.psi-usa.info
Requesting Object: domain 123people.com
Timestamp: 2013-04-21 16:12:51

You can see the policy that you agree by submitting a query to this server:
whois -h whois.psi-usa.info POLICY

domain: 123people.com
status: LOCK
owner-c: LULU-10182684
admin-c: LULU-10176046
tech-c: LULU-10176046
zone-c: LULU-10176046
nserver: ns.nextlayer.at
nserver: ns2.nextlayer.at
created: 2004-06-02 01:25:43
expire: 2013-06-02 01:25:43 (registry time)
changed: 2012-11-20 07:40:35

[owner-c] handle: 10182684
[owner-c] type: PERSON
[owner-c] title:
[owner-c] fname: Helga
[owner-c] lname: Bernold
[owner-c] org: 123people
[owner-c] address: Stronsdorf 24
[owner-c] city: Stronsdorf
[owner-c] pcode: 2153
[owner-c] country: AT
[owner-c] state: Austria
[owner-c] phone: +43-664-4398603
[owner-c] fax: +43-2526-6710
[owner-c] email: domains@123people.com
[owner-c] protection: B
[owner-c] updated: 2010-03-26 09:53:42

[admin-c] handle: 10176046
[admin-c] type: PERSON
[admin-c] title:
[admin-c] fname: Martin
[admin-c] lname: Stemeseder
[admin-c] org: 123people
[admin-c] address: Linke Wienzeile 8/29
[admin-c] city: Wien
[admin-c] pcode: 1060
[admin-c] country: AT
[admin-c] state: AT
[admin-c] phone: +43-664-4398603
[admin-c] fax: +43-2526-6710
[admin-c] email: domains@123people.com
[admin-c] protection: B
[admin-c] updated: 2010-06-15 12:02:22

[tech-c] handle: 10176046
[tech-c] type: PERSON
[tech-c] title:
[tech-c] fname: Martin
[tech-c] lname: Stemeseder
[tech-c] org: 123people
[tech-c] address: Linke Wienzeile 8/29
[tech-c] city: Wien
[tech-c] pcode: 1060
[tech-c] country: AT
[tech-c] state: AT
[tech-c] phone: +43-664-4398603
[tech-c] fax: +43-2526-6710
[tech-c] email: domains@123people.com
[tech-c] protection: B
[tech-c] updated: 2010-06-15 12:02:22

[zone-c] handle: 10176046
[zone-c] type: PERSON
[zone-c] title:
[zone-c] fname: Martin
[zone-c] lname: Stemeseder
[zone-c] org: 123people
[zone-c] address: Linke Wienzeile 8/29
[zone-c] city: Wien
[zone-c] pcode: 1060
[zone-c] country: AT
[zone-c] state: AT
[zone-c] phone: +43-664-4398603
[zone-c] fax: +43-2526-6710
[zone-c] email: domains@123people.com
[zone-c] protection: B
[zone-c] updated: 2010-06-15 12:02:22

Network Whois record

Queried whois.ripe.net with “-B″…

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source: RIPE

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remarks: between 0900 and 1800 (CET) at +43 5 1764 110. Outside
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4 thoughts on “WhoIs ~ www.123people.com

  1. SFA Reporter says:
    German court sets legal parameters for people search

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

    Yesterday, in a small Hamburg court room, something special happened – at least when it comes to the legal parameters of people search applications on the web.

    The ligitator, a young woman, sued 123people. Specifically its German web property 123people.de, which has recently been sold to Pages Jaunes Groupe, for showing a photo of herself on its landing page. The court, however, declared the defendant “not guilty”(in German). To our knowledge this has been the first ruling from a higher court in Europe that puts often critized people search engines out of their, supposedly, legal grey area.

    When arguing for their decision, and 123people’s innocence, the judges were referring to another ruling that dates back to 2008, known as the “Google-Thumbnail” ruling. This made its way to Germany’s highest court, the “Bundesgerichtshof”. Plus, the court stated that 123people is “neither temporarly nor permanently storing any of the data” – another main criteria for proving 123people’s right to do so.

    The final judgement by the Bundesgerichtshof basically said that Google is allowed to depict copyrighted image material on its SERPs in thumbnail format. The artist, who back then accused Google of infringing copyright laws, must have been aware that her material shows up in Google results, since her site had been search engine optimized and therefore knowingly been within the results.

    The 123people judgement not only will send ripples (and reliefs) out in the world of people search engines worldwide but it is also going to be a precedent for further rulings. In another context it also illustrates how dependent online law is on Google’s practices on the web. It’s no secret that today’s law is light-years behind when it comes to an adequate jurisdiction in online law. The big players, mostly Google, set the agenda for what’s right and wrong. Other tech companies and startups are also referring to Google’s practices whenever any part of their business plan might be inflicting with national laws. Considering the fact that in “traditional” judicial terms, Google is (successfully) colliding with copyrighted material billions of times per day, why should other companies that rely on SEO not do so is well. There’s always Goliath, so why not make it happen for David as well.

    Aside from the judgement, that happened in Hamburg yesterday, there has also been another ruling in regards to 123people (in German) in February 2010 (and probably as it happens to other people search eninges such as Yasni or Spock all the time) that stated that whenever users are putting up photos on Facebook, they hereby “agree to this by implication”.

    If you happen to know of any similiar rulings around the globe then please let us know in the comments. In Germany, respectively Europe, the ruling coming out of Hamburg has definitely set an agenda for people search engines and other SEO focused startups pulling content from external sites.

    Source: http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/07/german-court-sets-legal-parameters-for-people-search-2/

  2. SFA Reporter says:

    Markus Wagner
    Founder, Business Angel, Investor

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    Wien / New York

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    Internet, B2C, Web2.0, Media, Wireless/Mobile, Investor Know How & network, Job-Opportunies, Trainee Stellen, Praktikum Stellen, Mitgründungen, Startup Stellen

    Menschen die bei neuen Startups mitarbeiten wollen (in allen Bereichen), Neue Geschäftsideen, Investment Opportunities, Firmen die international expandieren wollen, Perl Entwickler, Web Designer, entrepreneur in residence, Interns – Praktikanten, Projektmanager & Produktmanager für Internet Projekte in Wien, Reisetips! Internet Experten (development, marketing, management), Widgets-, SEO & SEM – Experten, New Media B2C CEO, PostgreSQL DBA / Admin / Postgres, iOS / Android / Java / GO / Python / Ruby on Rails / Perl / PHP Developer, Startup – CEO, – CTO, – CMO, – COO, Online Media Planner, Affiliate Marketer, Trainee/Trainees, Unternehmer, Business Angels für BA Network

    Reisen, Bergsteigen, Tauchen, Sport, Volleyball, Essen, Kulturen, spannende Ideen, Menschen die was bewegen wollen

    Professional experience

    Jul 2007 – present

    (5 years, 10 months)

    Founder, Business Angel, Investor

    (The company name is only visible to registered members)

    Industry: Internet, Internet, Tourismus, Mobile Industry, interactive TV/Media, Wireless

    Jan 2012 – present

    (1 year, 4 months)


    KochAbo GmbH, http://www.kochabo.com

    Industry: Food

    Jan 2012 – present

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    pMediaNetwork GmbH, http://www.pmedianetwork.com

    Industry: Online Media, Online Werbung, performance Marketing, big data, e-commerce

    Jun 2011 – present

    (1 year, 11 months)

    Investment Committee

    Speed Invest – Business Angel Fund, http://www.speedinvest.com

    Industry: Investment Banking

    2008 – present


    tripwolf.com (JV with MairDumont), http://www.tripwolf.com

    Industry: Internet

    Jan 2012 – Dec 2012

    (1 year)


    Integra Performance Digital Consulting (Exit 2012), http://www.integraperformance.at

    Industry: Marketing & Advertising

    Oct 2008 – Dec 2012

    (4 years, 3 months)


    tupalo (Exit 2012 Herold/European Directories), http://www.tupalo.com

    Industry: Internet

    Apr 2011 – Nov 2011

    (8 months)


    Startup Week 2011, http://www.startupweek2011.com

    Industry: Online Media

    Jun 2009 – Sep 2010

    (1 year, 4 months)


    adaffix (Exit 2012), http://www.adaffix.com

    Industry: Internet

    Aug 2007 – Mar 2010

    (2 years, 8 months)


    123people.com (Exit PagesJaunes 2010), http://www.123people.at

    Industry: Online Media

    Jul 2006 – Feb 2007

    (8 months)

    VP Product Innovations

    VeriSign, http://www.verisign.com

    Industry: Information Technology & Services

    Dec 2000 – Jul 2006

    (5 years, 8 months)


    Xidris/3united AG (Exit VeriSign 2006), http://www.3united.com

    Industry: Internet

    Jul 1997 – Sep 2000

    (3 years, 3 months)

    Project Manager

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    Industry: Telecommunication

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  3. SFA Reporter says:

    Stefan Kalteis


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    Startup experience, Seed Capital, Ideas, Network

    New Business Ideas, Start-ups, Opportunities, Project Managers, Interns, Great People

    Mountainbiking, Sailing, Sports in general, New business ideas

    CyberCrime Programming Perl Ö-Stammtisch in München

    Professional experience

    Jan 2011 – present

    (2 years, 4 months)


    (The company name is only visible to registered members)

    Industry: Information Technology & Services

    Jun 2009 – present

    (3 years, 11 months)


    Dealhamster, http://www.dealhamster.com

    Industry: Internet

    Sep 2007 – present

    (5 years, 8 months)


    i5invest Beratungs GmbH, http://www.i5invest.com

    Industry: Others

    to present


    123people.com, http://www.123people.com

    Industry: Internet

    to present

    Board Member


    Industry: Internet

    Jun 2005 – Aug 2007

    (2 years, 3 months)


    Target Partners GmbH, http://www.targetpartners.de


    Venture Manager – Summer intern

    Siemens Technology Accelerator GmbH



    OSS Unternehmensberatung GmbH


    IT Architect and Consultant

    OSS Software GmbH


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    ESADE Business School (Barcelona), NYU Stern Business School (New York)

    Polytechnical University of Applied Sciences&Technology (Salzburg)

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