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MEDIA: EmailAppenders Hawking Bogus List


EmailAppenders Hawking Bogus List, Claims Publisher

Nov 11, 2008 3:49 PM, By Ken Magill

EmailAppenders has been marketing a file of names and addresses the lists owner claims the e-mail list compiler cant possibly have, this newsletter has learned.

E-mails began arriving in marketers inboxes last week pitching a holiday sale on Internet Retailers list of 2008 conference attendees, according to samples of the messages obtained by this newsletter.

One problem: Internet Retailer doesnt sell, rent or give those names away, according to the top executive of the firms parent company. As a result, said Jack Love, president of Vertical Web Media, EmailAppenders cant possibly have a legitimately obtained list of Internet Retailers 2008 conference attendees.

The list being marketed is not a legitimate list of IRCE attendees. We do not sell, rent or reveal that list to anyone, he said. Its our most valuable asset.

Love said he first became aware EmailAppenders was hawking a purported list of Internet Retailer 2008 conference attendees early this summer when more than a dozen exhibitors contacted the company inquiring about the offer.

We had about 15 exhibitors call in, he said.

As a result, said Love, Vertical Web Media sent a cease-and-desist letter to EmailAppenders and sent an e-mail to exhibitors warning them that the offer was not legitimate.

We have been informed by a number of clients that a company called EmailAppenders has been offering to sell what it purports to be the Internet Retailer 2008 Conference & Exhibition (IRCE 2008) attendee list, including names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and company names, said the warning.

Internet Retailer, which owns and operates IRCE 2008, has not and will not sell, rent or otherwise provide its list of IRCE attendees to anyone. We are in no way associated with EmailAppenders and did not provide it with the IRCE 2008 list that they are offering for sale. We did not authorize EmailAppenders to acquire, use and/or market for sale the IRCE attendee list, whether directly or indirectly.

Love said he never received a response to the cease-and-desist letter, but that the unauthorized pitches seemed to stop so he let the issue drop.

However, e-mail pitches hawking a list of purported Internet Retailer 2008 conference attendees began appearing in exhibitors e-mail boxes again last week.

We can very positively assist you in acquiring an Email list of IRCE 2008 attendees. We have a total of 5,000 attendees. The list would cost you $3,500. the list will be delivered within 2 days on realizing the payment, said one of the e-mails, which was obtained by this newsletter.

The list once purchased will be for your perpetual use. We have no restriction on the usage, it continued.

It would be highly unusual for a tradeshow operator to sell its attendee list for perpetual use. When a marketer sells its house-file names without restrictions, its usually because the firm is going belly up.

Internet Retailers annual conference was named the fastest-growing tradeshow in the country by Tradeshow Week over the weekend.

The message pitching Internet Retailers names was signed by Vanessa Anderson, marketing manager. The footer did not include a company name.

A call to the New York City number listed in the e-mail reached a man who identified himself as Chris McAlister of EmailAppenders. When told he had been reached by trade reporter Ken Magill and that Internet Retailer was claiming his firm was marketing a list it couldnt possibly have, the line went dead.

An immediate follow-up call reached McAlisters voice mail.

A second follow-up call about a half hour later also went to voice mail. A message left on McAlisters voice mail was not returned.

Meanwhile, Internet Retailer isnt the only firm claiming EmailAppenders has misrepresented its business.

Over the summer, Bob Richards, marketing director for Javelin Marketing, said he paid more than $14,000 to EmailAppenders for a list of some 100,000 e-mail addresses.

But when Richards mailed the names 85,000 bounced, resulting in a server jam-up, he said.

When Richards demanded a refund and didn't get one, he published a press release about his experience and posted a complaint about EmailAppenders on RipOffReport.com.

In August, EmailAppenders sent a settlement offer to Richards, a copy of which he provided this newsletter. The proposal offered Richards $10,000 if he would rescind his various complaints.

He said he agreed to the settlement, but as of last week had yet to see a dime.

Anti-spam outfit Spamhaus charges that EmailAppenders is one of many names operated by Data Champions/Sloan Marketing, a spam ring in India.

Vertical Web Medias Love said he is looking into his legal options against EmailAppenders.




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