If you’re a door-to-door salesman, you know hard it is to avoid
getting the door slammed in your face, much less getting an invitation
to come inside.
Now, imagine you could do something like this:
WOMAN opens door. YOU: Hello, Mrs. [her last name] WOMAN: Yes? YOU: My son goes to school with [her daughter's name] at [school name]. I really hate to ask, but times are tough, and I was wondering if... [sales pitch] [barking sound] YOU: Oh, is that [pet's name]? [Daughter's name] mentions [him/her] all the time!
All of this information (people’s children’s names, ages, schools;
homeowner records, pet registrations) is a matter of public record,
and is freely available.
In theory, you could walk by a house and an app could provide you with
all of this information (and more). In fact, you could do this today,
if you had a partner go to the Department of Public Records and look
up addresses as you walked by them.
People would eventually catch on to this scam, but if you’re one of
the first people to do it, it could be quite profitable.
Of course, this technique is creepy, possibly illegal, and arguably
I realize an app that helps door-to-door salesman could generate quite
a bit of backlash, but, on the plus side, it could also be used by
stalkers and kidnappers.