Ed in Tampa wrote:
Where and how do they collect their data? I know many people no longer do “banking” they do not have savings accounts, stocks, bonds or etc. but yet they can buy and sell most of us. Then there is the bitcoin arena, very shaky but people have tons of money invested in them.
Many people buy and sell precious metals, land, properties and etc. also more and more people are locking down their credit reports so there is no way to tell what and who they owe. Frankly anyone that accurately reveal their financial status to such surveys are idiots, that info is nobody's business. And can be often be used to harm you.
So I ask where and how do they collect their data? Personally I never fill out financial surveys, never list my income, never reveal my financial picture to anyone.
I'm sorry Ed but I doubt that your financial data is as secure as you seem to think. If you own anything that gets titled, if you owe any financial institute or if you draw periodic monies (ie, social security, retirement, annuities) there is revealing data available. It may not all be in one place but a little bit here and a little bit from there and the next thing you have is a complete history file.
A few minutes at a computer with an MIS expert could change your mind about security.
Just Google a few things like birthdate/place, address, telephone number. license plate number, birth date, graduation date, matriculation data, etc and compile all of what you see. We have no secrets anymore. If you ever had a security clearance...look at the documentation that was provided to get that clearance.
Let beenverified.com do the search for you.