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Blockshopper.com/Landon company / invasion of privacy/won't let us 'opt-out'

1 2704 bennettEvanston, IL, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 847-332-2021

I agree - I also am having the same difficulty with them...and even called the CEO's house last nite
and talked with wife .

Most sites will delete will just a request and somtimes an ID...these people might AMEND your listing
with a police report...but what does amend mean? abbreviate was how they worded it...

that is NOT good enough when people are at risk at being victimized again...and that is a LAWSUIT
waiting to happen...

I am writing to everyone I know from Homeland Security, on...to get information as to how this
website gets to get away with this.

According to Google, they have been sued (and lost)...there is a long list of bloggers trying to get off their
website...including a realtor advertiser !!!

Advertisers should consider their reputations before signing on with this outfit...as peoples' private
information is being put on the WEB without their permission.

And, by the time, I stop sending emails with this information, their website will pop up more when
googled...(just as my info is because of them)...in a negavtive light, NOT a good place to be for a business !
Let's just see how THEY like it, shall we?

This is an outfit of a handful of young men, who started this in 2006...a QUICK, EASY way to sell
internet AD DOLLARS...even it means putting peoples' lives at risk? I don't think so !

In the meantime, everyone call the CEO above and ask him to remove you...

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  • To
      28th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    CEO's home information

    Timothy Landon
    2704 Bennett
    Evanston, Illinois
    847-332-2021

  • To
      28th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    Right ...fogot to put their President's home address for all the world to see


    Brian Timpone
    2024 n. Racine #d
    chicago, ill 60614


    Blockshopper.com

    remove the people who are requesting it...

    again, the CEO's home info

    Timothy Landon (former Chicago Tribune executive)
    2704 Bennett
    Evanston, Illinois
    847-332-2021

  • Th
      30th of Aug, 2009
    +2 Votes

    Anyone who is having problems with Blockshopper.com/Landon Company,

    and wants to explore a class action lawsuit...

    let's keep the ball rolling..

    in the meantime...contact their advertisers and send them all the negative stuff on
    the web with regard to Blockshopper.com...

    after all, according to THEM, it IS public domain !

  • Ju
      2nd of Sep, 2009
    +1 Votes

    Well, well done on the research...I called the better business bureau and they won't take the complaint for the buisness in Chicago as of April 11, 2008. After that date all complaints need to be filed with the St. Louis, MO BBB. Their # is 314.645.3300.

  • Rl
      3rd of Sep, 2009
    +1 Votes

    Thanks for the information. I passed this information along to all the homeowners I knew.
    I am interested in a class lawsuit. I have sent the staff of
    blockshoppers( Scarlett@blockshopper.com, brian@blockshopper.com,
    drew@blockshopper.com, timothylandon@blockshopper.com, rob@blockshopper.com)
    serveral emails pertaining the risk they have placed my family in by listing my
    complete address. I informed them that I work in a banking center which requires
    me to open and close down a center that carries a ton of money. They were also
    informed that I have a unique name that no other women has.I also informed them
    that I live one city away from my job and based on my job functions I recieve
    threats and anyone at anytime can locate me. There responses were "its public
    information".

    In the mean time I filed a complaint with Better Bus Bur and help@consumeraffairs.com

  • St
      11th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    I'll be in on a class action. Besides putting us as risk, their business is using our names for purposes of profit. Don't we own our names? Everybody who clicks on our name and then clicks on the site gives them money from AdSense and their sponsors. I have been contacting their advertiser and real estate agents. What horrible, unethical people.

  • St
      11th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    One more thought. I just found a blockshoppers.com video on YouTube. Comments aren't allowed (gee, wonder why). I'm not tech savvy, but can anybody put up a video to counter their claims about how wonderful they are?

  • Lg
      16th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    This poses grave security concerns. In 1991, access to DMV records in California was restricted following the slaying of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. Her murderer had found her home address through the DMV. Now, thanks to blockshopper, a simple google search will do.

    The geniuses at blockshopper argue that the information they post is public county records. The big difference is that county records are not searcheable by name, just by address.

    This issue will be resolved legislatively, when members of Congress start receiving constituents' complaints at their home addresses (courtesy of blockshopper). Start writing!

  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    REMEMBER...

    to ALWAYS write in these names and cities when complaining about Blockshopper.com...

    Brian Timpone, Chicago
    Ed Weinhaus, St. Louis
    Timothy Landon, Evanston

    because the more times it's written, the more times it pops up when googled...and hopefully
    more people will read about [and find out about] Blockshopper.com and how they WON'T
    delete someone's address upon request...

    and how they've already been sued by a HUGE law firm...

    Keep it goin'...

    until they're gone !

  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    Public domain is fine (according to Blockshopper.com) when they're reeling in the dollars...
    at peoples' expense and risk ...

    let's see how public domain comes into play when we gleen negative comments about Blockshopper.com
    and share them with thousands of others...

    game on, boyz...

    btw...Brian, nice hair on your you-tube video...and you don't mean any harm to anyone?

    BULL !!!

    Delete our addresses or we'll keep this up...

  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    to stopblockshopper...

    WAY to go on contacting their advertisers and realtors...I mean, isn't taking information
    that is already on the web PUBLIC DOMAIN ?? (I think I heard Timpone saying that somewhere?) LOL

    they're hurting already...I can tell...

    their lawyer is calling and threatening 'cease' blah, blah, blah !

    Well, how is it that Blockshopper.com is the ONLY one who can do the blah, blah, blah dance
    on THEIR website with OUR information ????

    NOT !!!

    let's keep it up and get them riding into the sunset !!!

    bye bye boys !!!

  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    C L A S S A C T I O N L A W S U I T !

  • Op
      8th of Jan, 2010
    +1 Votes

    If you are interested in joining a well organized effort against blockshopper, please contact me. I'm talking about:

    1. Coordinated e-mail campaign: Individual e-mails isn't going to do it. We need numbers. If a company gets a random e-mail here and there it'll remain under the radar. But if they get a flood of them, and if it is from an organized group that says there is a deadline to remove ads or there will be a consumer boycott, then it will get their attention. Let's get organized.

    2. Contact Google. Blockshopper not only has Google disseminating the problematic search listings, but Blockshopper also relies on Google ads for their revenue. Meanwhile Google has a code of conduct (http://investor.google.com/conduct.html) that is entirely inconsistent with their support of blockshopper. Let's call on Google to live up to their code of conduct. And again, we flood them in a coordinated effort.

    3. Legal Action. Let's explore all avenues. Blockshopper's right to freedom of speech does not include endangering others. If you can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater, you can't list people's information if they have a safety concern and want the info removed.

    4. Information exchange. Let's see if there are other things we can do to protect ourselves in the meantime. Has anyone had success getting their county to stop giving the information out publicly (i.e. to Blockshopper)? What else can be done?

    E-mail me if interested. OptOut4Safety@gmail.com

  • Pr
      12th of Apr, 2010
    +1 Votes

    I would like to participate in a class action lawsuit against blockshopper.com. As of 4/12/2010, I emailed scarlett@blockshopper.com requesting my personal name be removed and she replied via email that it was public information. In other words, no-they would not remove it. Now my name is on google everywhere as is my address, the purchase price of the property, etc.

    This is definitely scary. I am worried sick about it being so easily accessible to anyone simply typing my name into the google search engine. There was some privacy knowing that anyone seriously interested in this info. would have to make a personal trip to the country or already have the name and address information in order to do a county search. In addition, the fact that blockshopper.com is making money by advertising my name, address, and home purchase information without my consent, (and I am legally powerless to stop them-I email them a request to remove my name and their response was that it was public information) is outrageous.

    The US census records for each individual aren't made electronically available until many decades after the census is completed. Why is my current information which is even more personal made available to a "for profit" website that has now advertised on the first page of any google search performed on my first and last name?

    It is time for a class action lawsuit.

  • In
      17th of Apr, 2010
    0 Votes

    Blockshopper.com is providing names and addresses without permission of many, many people. This needs to stop immediately. Blockshopper.com does not have the right to provide names. Perhaps they have the right to provide the property information, I'm not sure, but they sure don't have the right to freely provide names to the entire world. Blockshopper.com is putting many people at risk.

    I've already contacted (e-mailed) my state senators and congressional representatives about the website. I await their reply. I suggest you contact your representatives as well.

    Perhaps contacting your district attorney, and state attorney general would be a good idea too.

    Blockshopper.com crossed the line when they decided, without our permission, to provide our personal names, putting us all at great risk.

    Contact your representatives.

  • Wp
      22nd of Apr, 2010
    0 Votes

    I've filed a complaint with the FTC against Blockshopper... I suggest you all do the same, if you haven't already!

  • Dd
      30th of Apr, 2010
    0 Votes

    File a complaint with the BBB (How in the world can they have an A- rating?)

    The BBB that will handle your complaint is:
    BBB of E. Missouri & S. Illinois
    (Saint Louis, MO)
    15 Sunnen Drive, Ste. 107
    Saint Louis, MO 60206
    Phone: (314)645-3300
    Fax: (314)645-2666
    Email: bbb@stlouisbbb.org
    Web: http://www.stlouis.bbb.org

    All correspondence about your complaint will come from and should be addressed to this BBB.

    Blockshopper's BBB review
    http://www.bbb.org/stlouis/business-reviews/real-estate/blockshoppercom-in-saint-louis-mo-310251314


    FTC Complaint form
    https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en

    Consumer Affairs complaint form
    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/php/a_report.php


    Blockshopper.com info:
    1065 Executive Parkway Ste 200
    Saint Louis, MO 63141
    (314) 485-4882

    Pictures and bios of the one who run Blockshopper:
    http://chicago.blockshopper.com/about/team

    CEO's home information:
    Timothy Landon
    2704 Bennett
    Evanston, Illinois
    847-332-2021
    timothylandon@blockshopper.com
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=716935106&ref=sgm

    Brian Timpone
    2024 n. Racine #d
    Chicago, Illinois 60614
    brian@blockshopper.com
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/btimpone?ref=sgm

    Ed Weinhaus, St. Louis
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/eddie.weinhaus?ref=sgm

    Scarlett@blockshopper.com
    drew@blockshopper.com
    rob@blockshopper.com


    So is there a lawsuit to join yet?

  • Lo
      22nd of Jun, 2010
    0 Votes

    Hi all, I too would like to join in any class action lawsuit. If anything gets started please let me know.

  • Ju
      25th of Jun, 2010
    0 Votes

    Just thought I will throw in my two cents. I just sent a letter to Scarlett and told her: That my husband and I are not celebrities, public officials or in the public eye in any which way or form. I told her that it is unlawful that a company can make money off of a person without reimbursement. I told her that if by a certain date my name and my husbands name is not removed I will be filing a lawsuit because I am not free and I am not cheap. Yes yes it's public records but the fact that they are making money without giving me some sort of reimbursement is unlawful and unethical. I will update...

  • Cj
      14th of Jul, 2010
    0 Votes

    I am with you, and want to be part of the class action law suit. I wrote "Scarlett" yesterday and demanded my name, home address and photo of my home be removed from the site. I felt completely violated by Blockshopper and my personal security threatened 24/7. The response from them was for me to "prove it" to them by providing even more personal and confidential information such as legal documents explaining and verifying why I needed my information removed. This made me so very angry so I wrote another scathing email with my repsonse and a promise to complain to the FTC, Attorney General, local officials, my local newspaper, homeowners association, etc. Then, after a doing research on the company and the founders I find that they are Real Estate Whores with unethical bad business practices. Why can't they be stopped? If I can help, I will. cjlipe@aol.com

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