I just sent this e-mail to Your PR Department
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 "email@example.com". 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. "firstname.lastname@example.org" 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 "email@example.com" 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.