Google Your Phone Number - Embarrassing Story!

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A potential client that I emailed sent me an email back today and this is what it read:

"Hi, sure give me a call at **********. By the way, have you ever Googled your phone number? It's associated with an escort service. Talk to you soon."

So I Googled my phone number and there was the escort service ad!
:confused:

I got my business phone number through an online vendor and apparently, the person who had the number before me was an escort. She placed an ad on a website for her services, which comes up when you Google my phone number.

Her email address was on the ad, so I sent her an email asking her to remove the ad or change the phone number.

But I'm thinking it's probably best to just get a new phone number - and I JUST ordered new business cards with that number.

Anyway, if you use phone numbers from other services for your business, you might want to do a "background check" on them. LOL

Some business owners will try to find out as much info about you as they can before doing business with you.

I will be calling him tomorrow and I am so embarrassed!
#embarassing #google #number #phone #story
  • Profile picture of the author danemorgan
    Now that's what I call FULL SERVICE!
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    • Profile picture of the author MsMotivation1
      I know! LOL

      Now that I think about it, I did get a strange call a couple of weeks ago.

      This guy called and said "Hi, I'm calling about your services" and I started asking him questions about his business and he said "I think I have the wrong number."

      I was confused... and thought "what did I say wrong"?

      But now I think he was looking for HER services and not mine.

      It all makes sense now... LOL

      Originally Posted by danemorgan View Post

      Now that's what I call FULL SERVICE!
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      • Profile picture of the author joshril
        Originally Posted by MsMotivation1 View Post

        I know! LOL

        Now that I think about it, I did get a strange call a couple of weeks ago.

        This guy called and said "Hi, I'm calling about your services" and I started asking him questions about his business and he said "I think I have the wrong number."

        I was confused... and thought "what did I say wrong"?

        But now I think he was looking for HER services and not mine.

        It all makes sense now... LOL
        Haha!! Wow!

        Yeah, either getting a new phone number or doing an extensive reputation management campaign to bury any traces of the attachment of the number with the escort is ideal.

        Probably easiest to get a new phone number unless there are a lot of clients/prospects with your current number.

        I've had my cell phone number for 5+ years, and it's almost impossible for me to get rid of this number because so many friends and clients have it. Hopefully you're not in a similar situation here.

        Joshua

        PS - Great tip by the way... heading over to Google my number now...
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  • Profile picture of the author jsherloc
    LOL thank you for sharing this story. Bad day today and this made me LOL until my sides hurt. I want you to know I am laughing with you, not at you though hehehe.

    Bummer about the biz cards as well.

    - Jim
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Solem
    lol - that's a great story and a great lesson too.

    Earlier this year I decided to try Vonage out for a second phone line and thought it odd that the day I ordered the account, about a week before I even got the equipment, I was having voicemails left for me.

    Turned out to be from various collection co's looking for the previous owner of the phone number and it was so bad I had to ask them to change the number for me after about a month. The next number was better, but I still get calls and messages for the previous owner.

    Apparently there's no waiting period with most VIOP phone numbers and someone can cancel one day and you could end up with their number (and headaches) the next.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author workson
      Thanks for sharing man, I just searched my cell and it's safe/clean
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexNeill
    Ha ha ha ha just as well the client let you know!

    I will have to go google my number now.

    Alex.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    A bunch of my sites show up and nothing bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    I'll take 200 backlinks and a happy ending.
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    I had a similar thing happen to me. I got a Google number and my TM was calling local Vegas numbers and she called me. I said, "hello" and she gave me the on my list it was a magnet company here in town.

    I thought the same thing...

    Why was she calling a magnet company???

    She no longer works for me
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  • Profile picture of the author LasseKohau
    Funny story - nice to share it with us...

    LASSE
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    • Profile picture of the author Eager2SEO
      I'm Disappointed here at you warriors. Can't you find a way to make money off something like that? Like flip the number to another escort service?
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      • Profile picture of the author WildGale
        Originally Posted by Eager2SEO View Post

        I'm Disappointed here at you warriors. Can't you find a way to make money off something like that? Like flip the number to another escort service?
        Yes, exactly. Sell the leads.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    I would have spun that by replying,

    I used to be an escort but it just didn't work out!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimian
    Dude, you're missing it. You got a lead-generating phone number for an escort service. Now get a quick website going, contact some escorts and tell 'em, you'll provide them with leads.

    You'll take a cut -- and anything else they'll want to thank you with! I thought of a cool domain name...PimpinOnlineDotCom LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    moneyshotmarketing . com would work too....
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  • Profile picture of the author StephanieMojica
    For your non-escort-oriented business, get a new number. But yes, if you're not adverse to it you could use the existing number for your benefit or even "sell it" to a working girl.

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  • Profile picture of the author MsMotivation1
    LOL... sorry guys, I've been super busy and haven't been here much lately.

    When I met with this client, I told him what happened and he laughed SO hard. LOL

    But, we closed the web design deal... whew!
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  • Profile picture of the author spazz
    Originally Posted by MsMotivation1 View Post


    Anyway, if you use phone numbers from other services for your business, you might want to do a "background check" on them. LOL

    Some business owners will try to find out as much info about you as they can before doing business with you.

    I will be calling him tomorrow and I am so embarrassed!
    And, if you have any competition you want to get rid of, just post a few phony adds with their phone number - let them try to explain that :-)

    Great story!
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    • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
      Turned out to be from various collection co's looking for the previous owner of the phone number and it was so bad I had to ask them to change the number for me after about a month. The next number was better, but I still get calls and messages for the previous owner.
      On my regular land line, I still get collection calls for the person who previously had my telephone number... eight years ago.

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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Hahah what a great story Hope you can share more of these with us soon. Have a happy holidays!
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  • Profile picture of the author gekko2.0
    Funny stuff...have you ever gotten a call from someone looking to place an "order"?
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    • Profile picture of the author MsMotivation1
      Originally Posted by spazz View Post

      And, if you have any competition you want to get rid of, just post a few phony adds with their phone number - let them try to explain that :-)

      Great story!
      LOL... that's a great idea! But no... that would be DIRTY

      Originally Posted by JustinDupre View Post

      Hahah what a great story Hope you can share more of these with us soon. Have a happy holidays!
      LOL, I hope I DON'T have anymore stories like this!

      Originally Posted by gekko2.0 View Post

      Funny stuff...have you ever gotten a call from someone looking to place an "order"?
      Yes... I have actually, but it didn't register until everything came to light. LOL
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      • Profile picture of the author spazz
        Originally Posted by MsMotivation1 View Post

        LOL... that's a great idea! But no... that would be DIRTY
        That is what makes it so fun :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author windwhirl
    LOL. Thank you for sharing your story. Really turned my morning a funny one. Merry CHristmas! Anyway, this should serve us a lesson to do some background check first. And yes, you should buy a new number instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandalwood
    Great story. I didn't know that getting a number from Vonage as one poster stated could result in the same scenario or at least close to it. Man oh man, you have to be exceptionally careful when dealing with ALL service providers it appears.

    Hope your calls have been on the upside since.

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    • Profile picture of the author pheonixrises
      Wow, that's quite a story!

      Just last night a man called our home phone because the number used to belong to his son. It was pretty sad on Christmas to have to tell him that the number no longer belongs to his son... apparently he's been trying to get in touch with his son for months now and has no idea how or where he is.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeverinH
    What a great story, anyone have any ideas of the value of these leads?
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    • Profile picture of the author LiquidSeo
      Not an embarrassing one for me, but I get some crazy calls!

      I get calls on my number from 5-6 collection companies for the previous owner. After 4-5 months of regular harassment, my wife suggested I talk to one of her friends (attorney).

      Long story short - we sued two of the collection companies and netted $3500 - after legal fees. We didn't even go to court - they knew they had screwed up and settled!
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  • Profile picture of the author russellprisco
    Phew! I came up clean! lol... funny story. Thanks

    Russell =P
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    • Profile picture of the author NeilMoran
      Just Googled mine and I'm in the clear..phew! I get alot of calls asking about my accident I had and that I should make a claim...I haven't had any accidents though!
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorkay
    Ha ha ha, this made me laugh so hard.

    Really embarrassing it is, lol.

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  • Profile picture of the author mcmillad
    I never thought about it. So thank you. I googled my number but no comical listings came up.
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  • Profile picture of the author JonWebContent
    I want to know how many calls from perverted dudes you have received with that number?

    My old business number was that of a former bookie! Got some funny phone calls with that!
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