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Flurry of spam - AA coincidence ??


Phil Ocifer
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Just got a quote off the meerkat for house insurance yesterday and used the works email address. I took it as far as clicking on the AA quote.

Phoned the AA on the 0800 number provided and spoke to a nice chap who talked me through and saved me a good deal of moolah. He confirmed my HOME email address as we're already on their system They have been cheapest for us this year (this is not an advertisement).

Today I have received 22 spam emails, all with links at the bottom to unsubscribe, with all links resulting in the same unsubscribe layout with differing web addresses but all obviously from the same vendor.

I will be visiting my account with the AA and ensuring the relevent boxes are ticked. Be warned. Cheers, Phil.

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The AA

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Hello Phil Ocifer, If you would like to be removed from our marketing database please email the details including reference FOR27139 to [email protected], we can arrange for this to be stopped. Regards The AA

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Nontek

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Hmm .... from The AA

seems a strange way for such a company to cover a business matter - via a Forum??

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Nontek

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Nontek

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My apologies to the AA - I should have checked further first ... !

[email protected] does exist - must be my suspicious mind!

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Aitchbee

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Nontek - this isn't any old forum ... it's Speaker's Corner!

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BT

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The problem isn't just with the AA.

I've been getting Phone calls and post from Optical Express extolling the virtues of their Lazer eye treatments despite me telling them that I'm definitely not interested, that I'm registered with TPS (they've phoned me twice despite this), and that I can't afford it. Apart from this they don't give any guarantees that you won't need glasses at a later date. In fact they actually say this in their literature.

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Phil Ocifer

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Well, thanks to "The AA " 05/12/12 07.18pm

Does anybody else think that looks a bit like an admission of guilt?

Luckily I'm not a vindictive person. Seeing as how it doesn't happen too often, it's not a problem with me for someone to make a mistake and forget to ask whether I wanted to receive "offers" from their carefully selected associates. A little inconvenient though I must admit.

However, I'm still reeling in disbelief that the AA can choose to be "associated" with some of the drossy companies I received emails from, some of them containing blatant untruths about how much PPI and other things I have been miss-sold, together with figures in £££s about how much I could expect to receive in compensation. I suppose they have just signed up with one bad company, considering the unsubscribe links were all so identical.

However, this sort of thing will confuse some of our elderly population who are so easily convinced and tempted by the promise of easy money? Much has been made of this type of "con trick" on various consumer programmes on TV, with elderly people often being duped out of thousands of ££££s.

Surely a respectable organisation like the AA should not be associated with this type of company? I shall document them tonight if I get time.

As for emailing chat@aa - thanks - I may do, but I have already "unsubscribed" to all these (ha ha) offers, and not received any significant amount of spam since then. It's a pity there isn't an opt out option on the AA website.

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Phil Ocifer

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As for the TPF - I'm registered with them but still receive the odd random call from double glazing, solar panels, etc companies who probably haven't signed up to the TPF CoP.

It should be noted that by expressing an interest in a product or service, for example, home or motor insurance even if it's just via compare or confused etc, they are then allowed to contact you.

Just by clicking the link to investigate that insurance deal in a little more detail,i.e. "Go to Insurers website" you have implied your interest and opened the door.

Happens to me every time, but it's only the insurer(s) I click on that contact me.

Cheers Any further comments welcome.

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Aitchbee

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Thanks Phil for the heads up - noted.

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Phil Ocifer

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I can't find the unsubscribe link, but found this :

As previously mentioned, Saga and AA do not sell, trade or rent your information, and will never disclose information about you to third parties, except to fulfil your specific orders for a product or information in the event that third parties deliver the relevant service.

I will give it another day to see whether I get the same crap, then I will probably contact them.

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