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MerchantCircle.com - Deceptive Assholes
MerchantCircle.com left a message on my answering machine today. Something to the effect of "There is a video of your business on our site. Visit MerchantCircle.com to see it." Two problems:
1. I don't have a business.
2. That was my personal land line number.

If you visit the site they want you to enter your business phone number. Basically it is a scam to fool people into signing up for their bullshit site and giving them your phone number, email, etc. Poking around it looks like they think I'm a business, and have me listed as such. This is the second time they've called me and *lied* in their message. The first time was something like "Someone has left a complaint about your business on our site. You can respond by visiting MerchantCircle.com." Clearly they use deceptive practices - OK, bold-faced lies - to try to trick business owners into going to their site and signing up to see these complaints or videos, etc. Which, of course, do not exist.

If you are a merchant, I recommend avoiding MerchantCircle.com completely. Any company that uses such tactics should not be trusted at all, and you really don't want to be giving them *any* information. They're fucktards who should burn in hell.

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lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: September 18th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Wow, that's obnoxious. I'll be going to remove my business info tonight.
From: offsides Date: September 20th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC) (Direct Link)


My wife's home phone number that she's had for almost 8 years is for some reason still listed as some clothing business that used to have the phone number. MerchantCircle.com used to call us about once a month saying that someone had posted a review of our business on their site and to login to view it. I don't remember what I did, but I finally got the # taken off of their list and they haven't bothered us in 6 months or so. But yes, they're business practices are deceptive at best, and downright fraudulent at worst...
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2008 01:26 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

experian sucks, too

Kinda reminds me of my experience with Experian. Just because one of my sites has the .com extension i get all sorts of snail mail offers for a business credit card because somebody assumes that anything with a .com at the end of the website is a business. Now, that wouldn't be so bad (aside from the wasted paper), but then Experian decides to call me because they want more information on this nonexistent business...stuff like the product offered, who the executives are, etc. The first time they called i gave a very detailed explanation that, no, burningriverstudios was simply a website for hosting black humor flash and it wasn't a business.
Clearly, they didn't believe me. They kept calling me, several times a week and not listening to me when i told them they had incorrect information and that they should stop calling me. One of the morons even tried to suggest that *i* was wrong, that the information must have gotten into their database when i talked with a bank. Like i would really talk to a bank about financial matters for nonexistent business...riiiight. It wasn't until my housemate took a call and threatened to report them for harassment (NJ has a no-call list) that they finally stopped.