Abbotts estate agents and their emails
I’ve used the internet for a long time now.
For years, I have been careful about what software I install, what links I click on and what boxes I tick.
This has led to very few instances of dodgy software being installed or ridiculous amounts of spam being collected.
The fact that I’ve had my email address for about fifteen years is testament to how sparingly I give it out or use it on websites. In fact, I have a secondary account that I use to sign up to places where I suspect I may get additional emails sent in the future but may not want too much involvement with that company.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking on RightMove. RightMove is, for those that don’t know, a website that advertises properties for sale or rent. It’s a nice easy way to find properties across the country, especially as it is used by almost all estate agents.
I enquired about a property in Chelmsford, filling in the online form and being careful not to tick the box allowing them to send me loads of stuff.
I’m almost certain that I didn’t ask to be added to their database.
Yet since then, I’ve had non-stop emails from them (fortunately to the spam email account) with property details for different flats and houses all over the South East.
Each email has a line at the bottom which reads “We respect your privacy. To remove yourself from our email distribution, please click here!” with a link that then sends an email to the branch in question with “Please remove me from your mailing list” as the email header.
Unfortunately this only removes you from one branch, whereas I seem to have been signed up to several different branches. I’ve asked to be removed using the above method:
When that didn’t work, I even begged:
I’m pretty sure at one stage I found a link which allowed me to be removed from the whole mailing list, which I filled in with an enthusiasm rarely seen, but I can’t find that now. Yet still the emails kept coming.
One email came out with the email addresses of everyone on show, rather than hidden. This led to me replying (unsurprisingly for those that know me) with sarcasm:
I’m pretty sure that the sarcastic email didn’t go due to an outgoing spam filter with my email provider.
Finally, I gave up and started just replying individually to each email with a link to my blog. In fact, I may amend the link so that it points to this post instead. If anyone had responded, I’d have asked them directly to remove me from the mailing list, but as yet nobody has replied.
My next and final step will be to set up a distribution email list with the email addresses of all of the people that have emailed me and to send an email to them all whenever they spam me.
If I can be bothered.
Which I probably can’t.
Abbotts, if you are reading this, please take me off of your mailing list! You can contact me here if you need to.