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PR Quarterback SPAM Update

A while back I wrote about a local company that had started spamming me. I believed they had bought my address (and I assume others) from a third party company to add me to their mailing list. The reason I noticed is because I was already registered on their list, and then started recieving it twice.

I e-mailed them to explain what had happened, and suggested they remove me (and all purchased e-mail addresses) from their list.

I recieved a second set of duplicate e-mails in their next round of mailings and contacted them again. Yesterday I got the third mailing since my initial e-mail. Apparently my 'rogue' e-mail address has been removed from their mailing, so as expected I only recieved it once.

They did not contact me, so I am unaware if they took any of my other suggestions to heart.

Robin Ryan

Robin Ryan is a career counseler who has written for Net Temps in the past. I e-mailed her in response to one of the articles that she had written.

The article is located here. I thought it was a pretty pointless article, and did not address the question of how to dodge the "previous salary question"

I got a nice, respectable response from her personal assistant that told me to buy Robin's Salary negotiation CD for the info.

Apparently, they took our correspondance as permission to put me on their spam newsletter. My initial response to them was not nearly as nice as my response to PR Quarterback. I said:

I sent you an e-mail in response to an article on net-temps. I did not
give you permission to add me to your SPAM list. [insert your favorite
string of explicatives here]

Get me off this list.

I sent it to both their AOL address and the addres on the Robin Ryan web site. Both of them bounced. I just recieved my second newsletter from her.

PR Quarterback SPAM

I just sent this e-mail to Your PR Department

Mr Dresner,

My name is Jeffry Houser, a CT business owner. I believe we met at the Connecticut Business Connections meeting at Connecticut Culinary Institute at the end of last year (I believe December). If memory serves me, you were presenting to the group. If it was not yourself, then I met one of your employees.

Shortly after that meeting, I started receiving the PR Quarterback newsletter. I was added to this list without permission. Adding someone to a mailing list if they do not request it is considered bad netiquette. Unsolicited e-mail is called spam, and sending it can label you as a spammer. I'm sure you know what SPAM is, and receive your fare share. At the time it raised an eyebrow, but I decided against complaining, since I found the newsletter semi-interesting.

It has recently come to my attention, that a separate e-mail address of mine has been added to your spam newsletter list, also unsolicited. This e-mail address is "eventmanagement@x.x". I'm sure that you will remove this secondary address from your list immediately, and I appreciate it.

Since we have met, I have adopted an interesting habit for discovering companies that use my e-mail address and other contact information. When I sign up for their services, I provide an e-mail address which includes their domain. "eventmanagement@x.x" refers back to eventmanagement.org . I joined their web site to register for a Business Expo earlier this year. Now I know that Event Management in West Hartford does not respect my privacy or safeguard the information I provide to them.

As one business owner to another, I strongly suggest that you consider following these steps:

a) Remove the e-mail address "eventmanagement@x.x" from your mailing list. ( Thank You! )

b) Implement a double check verification process before someone can sign up on your mailing list. That way, when someone tries to add an e-mail address to your newsletter, they will receive a confirmation. If they don't confirm, they don't get added. This is the defacto standard today. I'd hate for someone, like myself but with less scruples, to sign up 1,000 of their closest friends onto your newsletter. In the end you may have fewer subscribers, but you'll have a more attentive audience. If this makes no sense, your IT staff should be able to give you a more in depth explanation.

c) Remove all e-mail addresses that you received from the "Event Management . org" company from your newsletter. I did a quick search of my SPAM folder and discovered I have received a bit of SPAM at that e-mail address over the past 6 months. Yours was unique in that it was not immediately flagged as such, probably because I was already marked it as legit.

If you feel the need to discuss any of this further, please feel free to contact me. I understand that your time is precious, and will know that you've acknowledged this letter when the next newsletter comes out and I receive only one copy.

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