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Is it legal to gather ppls email thru false pretences then blast them with offer later?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Ranko Jones, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Ranko Jones

    Ranko Jones BANNED BANNED

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    So if I used one way to farm targeted email addresses, without the intention of selling to them but i know they are targeted to the niche.

    Then later once i get all the emails id just blast with an offer but not say where i got their mail from so as not to blow my cover where i got the emails form so i could keep farming them?

    Is this legal or not and if it isnt how naughty is it? ie likelihood to get in trouble for it?

    Lets say for example its form a popular social networking site i gather emails, but under the pretence of soclialising then later send offers to those emails i gathered.
     
  2. deadlydezyn

    deadlydezyn Registered Member

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    Well literally everybody in the IM world do this, like for example give away a freebie in exchange for the email address and later blast those emails with offers in the next few days, months or forever.
    It is there everywhere... I doubt if you'd get in trouble for this and this is gonna be a targeted list and you wont be blasting it to millions of people at the same time.
     
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  3. greenovni

    greenovni Regular Member

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    "Fruit from the poisonous tree" is a legal maxim... might apply to your "false pretenses" bit
     
  4. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    RJ,
    email Opt ins are simple
    email Opts in which are 3rd party need proof (justin case :)
    emails farmed like you suggest need to remember
    "many are possible, but few are choosen" i.e. although you say targeted in the niche,
    may not be quality buyers / interested subscribers so poor take up....
    however, you could always (instead of a blast) drip it, and test
    feedback, results, spma complaints etc... and opt outs
    (give them an option to optin again and opt out)
    increase your drips and monitor closely,
    of course it will narrow down the numbers, but it is
    better to have 100 buyers than 100,000 worthless emails for example.
     
  5. mrfred1

    mrfred1 Newbie

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    It is probably quite unlikely that you will get into "trouble" for doing this, maybe some will complain to your ISP that you are spamming them at most but given that email lists are sold left right and centre it is doubtful if you would even have to worry about that.

    The real thing to be concerned about is if you keep spamming the list with offers people will get into the habit of just deleting them as soon as they arrive, I personally delete at least 100 emails a day without even opening them as I have gotten to the stage where I recognise rubbish as it comes in, you want to cultivate your lists so that they welcome your emails and read them and hopefully take action/buy etc.
     
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  6. KHer0

    KHer0 Senior Member

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    Legal ? Nope

    You Can Do it ? Yes :)

     
  7. punky

    punky Registered Member

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    ^^ He summed it up. I believe all unsolicited emails are illegal
     
  8. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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