Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Rainmaker
679,944
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I set my filters to delete their emails from the server. Many of those kind of companies you cannot use the unsubscribe feature because they'll unsubscribe you from that list and then they'll sell your ass to another list ad infinitum. It's the worst kind of sleaze.

Jan 13, 2018 08:00 AM
Rainmaker
53,655
Jordan Ayan
The Lifestyle Collection - Scottsdale, AZ
Luxury Market Expert, CLHMS,Million Dollar Guild

The company I owned before getting into real estate was one of the leading email marketing companies.  I actually worked on the CAN-SPAM legislation. The link in the last sentence takes you to the Wikipedia page with the requirements, which every Realtor should know and abide by. According to the law, you must stop mailing to someone who requests to be removed.  All of the major email marketing firms have strict policies about this.  If the mail is sent through one of the major companies, (Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, SubscriberMail, etc), send an email to abuse@the companies domain.  They will kick them off their platform (unfortunately they will most likely move to another platform). Look at the bottom of the email to see what email service they are using.  If it is one of the common ones, definitely click unsubscribe, those systems are automated, and even if the person tries to re-input your name, the server will reject it.

The way emailers know you have opened a message is by using a pixel tracker.  It is a small single pixel that is invisible to the eye but opens a small 1-pixel image - that transmits the fact that you opened it (along with quite a bit of other information) back to the emailer.  So if your messages open in preview, they have already tracked that you opened it.  Does not matter at that point (so the comment about validating you if you click on unsubscribe is not completely correct, as in most cases unless you have images turned off, they already know they are reaching a legit address.

There are tools, the one I used is called SpamSieve that are quite effective.  It is a tool for Mac's only, but in essence, it stops images from loading on questionable messages, and it learns patterns of abusive mail and then blocks it.  The stand-alone tools are more powerful than those built into most mail clients or Gmail.  

Some mail software can make the email "bounce."  This sends a message back to the sender telling them they are trying to mail to an address that doesn't exist.  Most email companies will eliminate an address from the database after a set number of these "hard bounces."

Finally, you can complain to the FTC.  Send an email to spam@uce.gov .  Include the entire email.  This is the same organization that publishes the DO NOT CALL list.  Unfortunately, I get hundreds of calls to my numbers that are on the list.  I fear that reporting an email to them is just about as effective.

There is another side to this conversation.  I have personally found that some Realtors don't follow the law on this.  Follow the law, don't email someone who doesn't want to hear from you (use other methods to reach them if you must).  

Hope this helps.

Jan 13, 2018 09:28 AM
Rainmaker
4,866,969
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

good advice from Candice A. Donofrio 

Jan 13, 2018 08:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,366,727
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Praful Thakkar Unfortunately by clicking on their unsubscribe link, you confirmed you are a real email address. You will probably continue to receive their emails. Put their email address in your spam folder.

Jan 13, 2018 08:19 AM
Rainmaker
521,736
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Click on the Spam block; my phone (android) & email (Yahoo) have that option. 

Jan 13, 2018 10:05 AM
Rainmaker
442,346
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Block Them

Jan 13, 2018 08:06 AM
Rainmaker
982,489
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Getting 100 to 150 unwanted emails every day takes me about 50 seconds to sift through. I check as I progress and delete those at the end. Unsubscribing is definately not as effective as it should be. Sometimes I contact the company, recording to whom and when I spoke to them. Unfortunaely I cannot call all of the nearly 4 billion users in my lifetime, only thosethat annoy me the most.

Jan 13, 2018 10:47 AM
Ambassador
2,344,089
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     DM them on social media.  Tell them if they don't stop, you will blast bad posts/tweets about them to all of your followers.

 

   

Jan 13, 2018 09:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Have not had that happened. 

Jan 13, 2018 09:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Mark the emails as spam and they will go to your spam folder.

Jan 13, 2018 09:53 AM
Rainmaker
576,873
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I would block them or have them deleted automatiacally...Unsuscribing usually doesn't work.

Jan 13, 2018 09:14 AM
Rainmaker
2,971,648
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't unsubscribe... I mark them as auto-delete on my server.

Jan 13, 2018 08:21 AM
Rainmaker
2,763,009
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

There is not much we can do Praful Thakkar - delete.  I recently had a very robust spam filter installed by my hosting company.  Very little spam gets through ... 95% is directed to a spam filter.  Love having a clean in box. 

Jan 13, 2018 08:12 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I would just ignore and hit delete, not worth getting upset over.

Jan 13, 2018 06:07 PM
Rainmaker
1,210,414
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

create an email filter to automatically delete them.  There is no law (that people follow) that forces them to unsubscribe you.

Jan 13, 2018 12:37 PM
Rainmaker
349,160
Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I just ignore them.

Jan 13, 2018 11:23 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Once I went to their website, looked up their contact info and sent over a message that had a link to the canned spam law and a copy of the email addresses I used to report them for violation and the attorney's email address I'd copied on my report.  I never heard from them again.

Jan 13, 2018 11:12 AM
Rainmaker
1,276,892
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Personally, I just block them.  But, you could go a step further and email them that they are violating anti-spam laws and there are legal consequences.

Jan 13, 2018 11:09 AM
Rainer
58,398
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

block... and flag them as spam

Jan 13, 2018 10:38 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There are some good suggestions. Unsubscribing clearly does not always work.

Jan 13, 2018 08:23 AM
Rainmaker
743,047
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Unsubscribe: the act of clicking links to confirm the email address has an active recipient increasing that addresses value in the 'list' marketplace.

The very best action is set filters to send directly to trash.

 

Jan 13, 2018 08:20 AM
Ambassador
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Create a rule to direct any emails from that company directly to trash. That way, you don't have to even seem them, Praful!

Jan 13, 2018 09:32 PM
Rainmaker
2,701,613
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Praful Thakkar block the email.

Jan 13, 2018 01:03 PM
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1,905,656
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I would report it as spam to Google email

Jan 13, 2018 12:55 PM
Rainmaker
1,504,625
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Well I think they have 48 hours but I bet that 90% don't pay attention.I have noticed that agents now do not have the unsubscribe which is against the law. 

I forget who you report them do. cc them on the letter lol.

Jan 13, 2018 12:44 PM
Rainmaker
2,826,053
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Mark it as spam,that should take care of it

Jan 13, 2018 12:13 PM
Rainmaker
382,467
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

They are supposed to unsubscribe you once you ask - part of the Cam Spam act.  If they don't, they are in violation of this law.  I guess you could report them.  But I would just put them in my junk folder and forget about them.

Jan 13, 2018 11:56 AM
Rainmaker
2,423,272
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I block them at the server level...

Jan 13, 2018 11:07 AM
Rainmaker
2,940,643
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I report them as Spam and my email will then throw them into spam filter. 

Jan 13, 2018 09:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,022,897
Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

Happened to me too.

Nov 16, 2018 04:50 PM
Rainmaker
1,446,263
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Yes, happened to me a lot too.

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Jul 07, 2018 12:57 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Spam file.

Jan 16, 2018 02:02 PM
Rainmaker
4,019,713
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Outlook I have them go right to the trash can!  

Jan 16, 2018 06:04 AM
Rainmaker
724,099
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

You can try to block them.

Jan 14, 2018 10:40 AM
Ambassador
1,206,709
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Delete and move on.  Just like we do from the 100 email we get every day.  

Jan 14, 2018 07:53 AM
Rainmaker
910,672
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I simply filter them to trash and report them as spam. They vanish.

Jan 14, 2018 07:39 AM
Rainmaker
3,049,771
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Candice A. Donofrio nailed this one!

Jan 14, 2018 07:10 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,451
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Report them, call them, sue them.

Jan 14, 2018 05:27 AM
Rainmaker
552,184
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

set up a rule to send it to spam

Jan 14, 2018 04:30 AM
Rainmaker
3,164,994
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I have found when you unsubscribe, you get a plethora of new unwanted mail. Guess they pass your verified address around!

Jan 14, 2018 03:27 AM
Rainmaker
4,431,972
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Ignore it.

Jan 14, 2018 03:02 AM
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haasil Naamkaran
Naamkaran - Autaugaville, AL
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Jan 14, 2018 12:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I mark as a spam and delete them in bulk. Every time you open, they see it.

Jan 13, 2018 11:50 PM
Rainmaker
3,977,611
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Have not had that issue

Jan 13, 2018 05:57 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Mark them as junk and you will never see them again.

Jan 13, 2018 05:46 PM
Rainer
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Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Mark it as spam and it will go to your spam folder.  

Jan 13, 2018 04:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,817,056
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I use an old AOL account to do my shopping

Jan 13, 2018 03:03 PM
Ambassador
1,610,998
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I use Unroll.me, a free service for my Gmail. They do it effectively.

Jan 13, 2018 02:42 PM
Rainmaker
2,892,797
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Nothing but hit delete

Jan 13, 2018 09:15 AM
Rainmaker
983,928
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Right now California Association of Realtors wanted to do survey. They kept trying and I can not opt out. Jerk.

Jan 13, 2018 08:27 AM