Before I start, I should say that I'm writing this from the USA. I'm sure that other countries will have other approaches to solving this problem, but I'm looking for help solving this for someone in the USA.
I've had my cell number for at least 15 years. I had it originally with Verizon. About 4 years ago we switched to AT&T, but I kept the same mobile number. (You can do that.)
About 6 to 10 years ago I started getting some phone calls from people, wanting me to help them with some business. At first I thought it was someone accidentally calling me by mistake. You know, they fat fingered the number and got me by accident. But then they continued. Finally I Binged my cell number and found the name of the company these people thought I was. (I won't bother telling you the name of the company. Let's just say that the name looks suspicious, like something you'd call if you were trying to get some escort service.) I contacted the website, told them they were listing my phone number for some business I have never been associated with. (Indeed, I'd never even heard of them until I started getting these calls.) They obliged and that was it for some years.
However, now I've started getting a LOT of robocalls. Today, they're over 50. Yesterday was over 30. It's been that way for at least a couple of weeks. There are several characteristics about these robocalls that make me think they're originating from the same group of people. First, the message, whatever the whole thing is, is short. Very short. Like many of us I no longer answer any calls from any phone number I don't recognize. It goes to voice mail. My message for my voice mail is short, so these jerks (yeah, I'd so like to use a much stronger term here) have time to leave something after my voice mail greeting. But all that's there is something like, "... to be taken off our do not call list." The point is, these messages are always the same thing.
The infuriating thing is that they're using different number phones. Many different number phones. At the beginning of this barrage of robocalls, I started blocking the numbers. But that is now failing. My phone blocks the message, but it doesn't stop these jerks from leaving their worthless message. And like I said, once they get the idea that I've blocked them (normally that takes a day or two), they start using a different phone number. (Although this is not the question I'm asking, as a side question, how do you stop this?)
OK, now to the question I'd like to ask. I decided to go ahead and Bing my mobile number today. I was surprised to find it listed on other websites. One in fact that passes itself off as the US Chamber of Commerce. (It isn't, I checked that and found that the real Chamber of Commerce uses an entirely different URL.) But the problem is how it heck do I stop these websites from listing my mobile number? And they're all associated with that stupid, shady business. I'm beginning to think that the robocalling jerks have found my phone number on these websites, they think that I'm that business, and they're calling me to offer God only knows what for small businesses.