My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California
I'm not sure how to describe this or if there is any legal relief to my issue, but I'll throw it out there to pick your brains and see if any of you have any idea how to deal with it.
I've had my cell phone number for 20 years now. I've been very protective of my number and have been lucky not to be bothered by telemarketers.
Over the past three months I've started receiving a large number of calls on my cellphone for a particular individual I've never heard of. Most of the calls seem to come from telemarketers trying to sell solar panels and home construction. The volume of calls has become an annoyance both because I am a night person and daytime calls wake me up, and because they interrupt and take me away from other activities when I am awake.
I did an internet search on the individual in question and found a listing showing that he lives on the other side of the country, but showing that he has two telephone numbers, one being mine and a second being in the next county. I am guessing that somehow this information got sold to mailing lists, and hucksters are now calling me looking to sell him their goods.
My first impulse was to remedy the problem by changing my phone number. But I have had it for 22 years, use it for both personal and business and it is probably in the books of over 400 personal and business contacts. Trying to figure out who all those people are and make a phone number change notification is going to be a nightmare. Even then, if I change my number I will have to deal with all the people calling whoever used to have the new number I am issued.
So, my question to the collective wisdom out there is this: How do I remove my phone number from the listing for someone else, on all the personal data lists that are being sold out there to telemarketers, mailing houses, etc., and published on the internet?