Someone posted a picture of me and my phone number on Craigslist. I have been receiving phone calls all day from random phone numbers. I don't know who did this. How can I go about this and would a lawyer be able to help me?
I'm not sure how this is even possible since Craigslist eliminated their personal ads, and Craigslist ads expire by their own terms in a week anyway, but to try to get it stopped immediately and prevent it from recurring, try contacting the site's webmaster. Explain that this isn't your ad and whoever did this has no rights to your photo (which presumably own the copyright to). Obviously don't answer your phone if you don't recognize the caller's number.
If this problem persists, change your phone number.
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You don't mention the nature of the post but if your likeness and phone number have been posted without your permission, I would definitely contact Craigslist immediately about this and have an investigation launched. They can probably trace the IP address to find out information on the poster. Further, there may possibly be some identity theft issues involved as well. I would contact a local criminal law attorney and provide him/her with the posting and any other pertinent information that may not have been provided in your question on this site.
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Contact Craigslist to see if they would assist you. While you likely won't get a lot of help from the police, do a police report so you can let Craigslist know you filed one. Short term you may want to use call block or an answering machine.
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