Normally when I am open for changes in my career I update my CV on some carrier or professional networking portals like LinkedIn, Indeed.com etc.
If something interesting comes up through a recruiter then first we exchange a few messages and if it sounds like the position could be a good fit for me then I exchange my phone number / Resume with that person for a first chat about it. So I have recently started to look for a change.
Random Recruiter Contacts claiming prior contact on LinkedIn
Few days ago a headhunter contacted me claiming we chatted before on LinkedIn, it sounded little suspicious as I couldn't recall his name or the positions he wanted to introduce me to. I was skeptical and disinterested but said Okay I would think about it but I need to check if we really had contact on LinkedIn before.
I Checked LinkedIn
So I checked my LinkedIn out of curiosity and could see not a trace of message from that recruiter in my entire history of messages.
Random Recruiter calls again
The same guy calls me few days later and starts talking non stop about the positions again in which I didn't have much interest anyway. Well again this time my first question was - I tried finding a message in your name on LinkedIn but couldn't find any, could you please share how you got my number? at this point he started to get pissed and started to show his frustration by saying how irritated he was at this question....but I maintained my stand that I want to know how someone gets hold on my private info such as phone number and email address without my prior consent, at this point he started to trash talk.("stop treating me like a dog"* and so on..)
Now my question is, is it wrong to ask about the source of data where the recruiter found my personal Info? What if its case of stolen data, should it be reported to concerned authorities?