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

1 2704 bennett, Evanston, 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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  • St
      11th of Sep, 2009

    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.

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  • To
      28th of Aug, 2009

    CEO's home information

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

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  • To
      28th of Aug, 2009

    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

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  • St
      11th of Sep, 2009

    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?

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  • Lg
      16th of Sep, 2009

    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!

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  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009

    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 !

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  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009

    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...

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  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009

    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 !!!

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  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2009

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

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  • In
      17th of Apr, 2010

    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.

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  • Wp
      22nd of Apr, 2010

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

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  • Dd
      30th of Apr, 2010

    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: [protected]@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
    [protected]@blockshopper.com
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=716935106&ref=sgm

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

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

    [protected]@blockshopper.com
    [protected]@blockshopper.com
    [protected]@blockshopper.com


    So is there a lawsuit to join yet?

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  • Lo
      22nd of Jun, 2010

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

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  • Ju
      25th of Jun, 2010

    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...

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  • Cj
      14th of Jul, 2010

    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. [protected]@aol.com

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  • Sm
      19th of Jul, 2011

    I am another in total agreement. I would be very interested in following up with a lawsuit about them being in violation of our "personality rights" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality_rights
    This is probably the set of laws that may stop them. These ### have no conscience whatsoever. Doesn't anyone in the legal world see the dangers of the fact that with a few clicks a pedophile can look up child online and then if that child has a unique last name, see where they live and also find out where they go to school? I am furious and ready to join the fight!

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  • Tw
      22nd of Oct, 2010

    I am also attempting to stop blockshopper.com. I am sending this message to all their advertisers:

    I am requesting that you cease advertising with blockshopper.com. They are an unethical company that recklessly publishes personal information online. They publish your HOME ADDRESS and offer no way to have that information removed.

    Please to not support this business. In the interest of encouraging you to stop doing business with blockshopper.com, I am emailing all of my gmail and Facebook contacts and outlining how your continuing support of this business is putting my life in danger.

    I just sent this message to Avis Rent-A-Car (avis.com) and intend to send it to every business that supports this unethical company.

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  • An
      22nd of Dec, 2010

    That's not the real problem. Blockshoppers.com claims to use public information, but every home owner in the city of coverage is not listed. I've done my research. My parents name aren't linked to blockshoppers at all but mine is. If they want to publicize information that a person would normally have to get from county records that's fine. But to be thorough and fair, they should check to see if the person they are about to post has been a victim of some kind of criminal act. I have and so have many others. Now the person who tried to murder me, only has to google my maiden name and he has access to my address and new name. I DID NOT PURCHASE MY HOME WITH MY NEW NAME. Blockshoppers should also check to see if someone is unlisted. I am. This blatant display of information can cause someone their life. I also requested my information be removed or *** out to some point. I was refused and told to show proof of the crimes against me. That is unacceptable. If the company uses public info, they should do research as well to ensure safety.

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  • An
      22nd of Dec, 2010

    This site encourages identity theft by publishing a persons personal information without the consent of the person itself. On asking to take the info off the site, they are very rude and turn deaf ear. There have been numerous complaints against this site but still this site continues to post their articles about people's personal information.

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  • Tr
      22nd of Dec, 2010

    My wife and I are pretty discrete people. We’re unlisted in the phone book and maintain carefully crafted presences on the Web. I don’t even use Facebook! So, I’m really annoyed by the fact that you can “google” my name and find my address, my wife’s name, and purchase price of my home on BlockShopper. There needs to be a broad opt out mechanism for BlockShopper. Their response to the question of anonymity is completely unacceptable (read it for yourself at http://www.blockshopper.com/faq.html#q4)! I should be able to automatically prevent my name from showing up on BlockShopper, especially when its tied to my home address. BlockShopper should not allow searches by name on their site. BlockShopper needs to protect how their databases are exposed to search engines. This is an invasion of our collective privacy. They have crossed the line

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