Update on Avvo.com – you need my credit card for what?

June 29th, 2007

I am listed on avvo.com and I just tried to claim my profile and update it. The site brings up an interesting issue- my information is listed, but how do they know that the person who tries to claim the profile is really me? Anyone could submit an email address claiming to be mine and take over my identity.

Avvo’s answer is to ask for my credit card information. That may well be the best and most foolproof way to verify that I am who I say I am. I’m not going to go for it though. Yes, my credit card number is on file in about half-a-zillion places, but I’m not going to start using it as proof of identity.

I really believe that avvo is a great idea. California is one of the few states to publicly list contact information on licensed attorneys and I use it regularly. I dearly wish I had the same resource for other states and I hope avvo is successful for that reason alone.

However, if the price of participation in the avvo community is offering up my credit card information then I’ll pass. Thanks anyway.

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