Msg#: 4103937 posted 6:29 pm on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
Sometime ago, Joe Blow registered his home business either online or with his local Yellow Pages, using his full address (say, "125 Main St. #4"). Eventually, it gets picked up by all the other online sites. Sometime later he decides that he doesn't want the "#4" part to show on the Internet.
So he starts an e-mail campaign to all of the hundreds, if not thousands, of Internet yellow page sites that list his address. Instead of a polite "Please update your database to remove the #4 in my address" message, he decides to go with the "Update my address or I will complain to your hosting company and sic my lawyer on you!" tone.
I replied with a short message that he has been removed from our directory and that he might get better responses from people by asking nicely instead of threatening legal action.
Msg#: 4103937 posted 3:37 pm on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
Or maybe it's a competitor running an effective campaign to remove this business from view?
It's possible. The name and e-mail address matched from a site where he had claimed his business. If it was a competitor spoofing his e-mail, I'd honor a "Hey, that wasn't me- please put me back!" response from the guy.
If it was a big business, I might have some pause about just deleting it. (Actually, I just de-activated the listing- easy enough to re-activate it, should the need arise.)