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    aussiesniper
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    Hi soloers, i recently googled my home phone number and mobile number and found out that my name, phone numbers and home address was listed on several B2B (business to business) websites without my permission

    I am listed as director of a company that i’ve never even heard of (which explains why i’ve been getting alot of unwanted calls lately), these websites include:

    http://www.bizearch.com
    http://www.china-telecommunications.com
    http://www.chinametalsnet.com

    These websites are obviously located in China and i have whois.domined every one of them – tried contacting webmasters by email but never got a response, even tried calling but nobody ever answers

    can someone with similar experience PLEASE tell me how to get my details removed from these websites, the practices these websites are conducting are ILLEGAL!

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    Divert To Mobile
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    That sounds terrible.

    Try calling the chinese embassy and dept of foreign affairs and trade.

    Good luck

    Steve

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    aussiesniper
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    Thanks Steve, you have no idea what it’s like getting calls 3am in the morning from half way around the world asking about wholesale sheepskin 😡

    When i try and retrace my memories on how they could have gotten my details ie home address, the only thing i could think of was buying leather and sewing tools from a Hong Kong ebay seller couple years back

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    Zava Design
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    Change your phone number. Really might be the only way.

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    JacquiPryor
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    Have you tried ‘removing’ your company from the sites directly? The first site (bizsearch) has this page http://www.bizearch.com/u/remove_page so you can remove a company? (Whether it actually works might be a different story but could be worth a try).

    Good luck!!

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    adrian
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    Sadly, I’m with Zava design. It might be best to just change your numbers.

    It may be illegal in Australia, but I highly doubt there’s any problem at all with it under Chinese law. I also strongly doubt they would have any interest in removing you. I’d guess the owners think the sites will be valued by how much data they have. Can’t see them bothering to remove incorrect data…

    If it was me, I’d just change my numbers, and let everyone know the new details… Resolve it in a day. You are totally right that it sucks, and shouldn’t be like this, but is struggling against it going to be worth your time?

    Cheers

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    Johny
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    Sorry, but if you cannot get any response from the website themselves you are unlikely to get any good result. It is quite possible at least a couple of those websites are scams anyway.

    As for it being illegal and getting the Chinese embassy to help out, good luck with that.

    I am afraid I am with those who are suggesting to change your number. No, you shouldn’t have to, but if you want a good nights sleep it may be the only way.

    When i try and retrace my memories on how they could have gotten my details ie home address, the only thing i could think of was buying leather and sewing tools from a Hong Kong ebay seller couple years back

    Or they could have stuck a pin in the phone book. Assumptions are not always a good thing.

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