Last Friday I called the number that was given on the "pre-recorded" message trying to up-sell me into paying for placement in the YellowPages.com network of local websites. By the way the pre-recorded message says, "We wanted to make sure you get what you really came to YellowPages.com." What I really came for was a "free listing."
So I had already removed my listing from YellowPages.com and still was receiving one call a day (now from an automated recording). I called up last Friday and got a message saying, "Thanks for calling YellowPages.com someone will be right with you, etc." Two minutes later I get a message that says no one is available to talk with me and that I can leave a message to have someone call me back. Then a pause and a quick message, "Please be patient their may be a long pause before you can leave a message." Hmmm?
Long story short, I leave a message with my name and phone number (trying to speak as plainly and slowly as possible so they get the information), then I say, "I have received over 20 calls in the past month, Please Stop Calling Me, Thank You." And I hung up. So far seven days have passed. No calls from YellowPages.com, however I am not stupid enough to think that they are not going to call me in the future (or another third-party that YellowPages.com sells my information to).
I don't know how many times I need to say it but don't apply for a free listing with YellowPages.com unless you are ready to get call after call asking whether you want to upgrade to a paid listing, and they will not take "NO" for an answer.