BARE scam? - RESOLVED (It's legit.)

Got this today. Looks suspicious to me since the link to update your email does not reference BARE at all. I forwarded it to their corporate office.
Anyone know anything more?

From: resource-US@bareinternational.com (resource-US@bareinternational.com)

BARE is doing some spring cleaning (…or fall cleaning!)

We are updating our email list! Please make sure you click here:
[eepurl.com] and fill out this form to receive our emails!

If you have any questions about this email update do not hesitate to
contact BARE directly at 1-800-296-6699 or at
resource-US@bareinternational.com

Thanks!

The BARE Team

**Note your email update form will not change your already set profile
email preferences. It is simply for BARE’s records.**

BARE International
Fairfax Virginia - Corporate Headquarters
Global Customer Experience Research
+1-800-296-6699
Fax: +1-866-734-9309

www.bareinternational.com

BARE CONFIDENTIAL
The above e-mail and any attached files ("the e-mail"winking smiley are intended solely
for the addressee. The information contained in this e-mail is confidential
and may be privileged. If you are not the named addressee please contact
BARE International immediately and destroy any copies of this e-mail on
your system. The content of this e-mail is for information only and should
not be copied, disseminated or relied upon without specific written
authority from BARE International.

--
TO DISCONTINUE RECEIVING EMAILS from BARE: Please login at
[www.bareinternational.com], select to change your status and check
the box, "Do not email shop offers" (to stop emails, but keep account
active)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A BREAK FROM MYSTERY SHOPPING: Please login at
[www.bareinternational.com], select to change your status and check
the box to deactivate your account. You will be able to reactivate your
account at any time.

<edited to change title to RESOLVED>

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/19/2014 08:45PM by elcarev68.

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I found it awfully odd and couldn't figure out why the link to login is showing the main site rather than baidata.com. The phone number is correct.

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 The content of this e-mail is for information only and should not be copied, disseminated or relied upon without specific written authority from BARE International.

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Plan the work. Work the plan.
I agree with Bird. Why did you post a message which specifically says it should not be disseminated. I got the same email. I did as instructed. It looks totally legitimate to me, Did you hear back from Bare yet?

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
I got the same email and came on the board to see if anyone else got it. It looks suspicious to me also.
It's fine. All they ask for is your email address and name, nothing else, (and they had that much in order to send you the email in the first place). They send an email to that address, you click the link to confirm the address is valid, just like when you registered.

Time to build a bigger bridge.
Check out the code source. Written as a personal note to the code writer:

<!-- real people should not fill this in and expect good things -->

Very odd, but I received odd emails from an international sender, and BARE has verified that it was all good.


Nevermind, it is something that keeps bots from utilizing the online form. Sorry...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/18/2014 05:48AM by Mary Smith xoxoxo.
The "confidential" paragraph is standard, and is something that anyone wanting to use BARE's name for phishing would include. (Although I never thought about it... what does "should not be relied upon without specific written authority from BARE International" mean?)

The web address of
h t t p : / / e e p u r l . c o m / 3 r r l D
is what had me most concerned. The link is to somewhere other than BARE.
Plus, any time we're asked for updates, it's always done by logging in and making any changes to our profile.

I'll email a scheduler today as well.
I went to their website and to my profile and my address is the same. It hasn't changed, so...

I do not click links in emails. Nor do I copy and paste them in a browser when I don't recognize the address.

That's me.
dspeakes Wrote:
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> It's fine. All they ask for is your email address
> and name, nothing else, (and they had that much in
> order to send you the email in the first place).
> They send an email to that address, you click the
> link to confirm the address is valid, just like
> when you registered.


Actually, all the email proves is that they had your email address, not your name. Going to the url provided and "confirming" your name and email address gives them your name and also your IP address, which can be used to pinpoint geographic location.

That additional information would make your info more valuable when sold, if this were some sort of phishing/email harvesting scam.

Although poorly done IMO, it does appear to me that this is a legit email from BI. The shortened url is one used by MailChimp, which is the company BI uses for list management.
I went to my profile, but not via that like, and updated it.

Not clicking on links in emails.

Based in MD, near DC
Shopping from the Carolinas to New York
Have video cam; will travel

Poor customer service? Don't get mad; get video.
Received the message below directly from a BARE representative. I'll now be clicking the link.

Hello,
We did send out a mass email asking our shoppers to update their email addresses. This is in order to validate the emails we have so that we can effectively communicate BARE news and updates.
It states in the email that the link [eepurl.com] must be used for this update and by choosing to update, your email preferences will not change within your Apollo Profile Settings; this is a correct statement. We are asking for shoppers to update via the link.
We will be sending an email similar to this from time to time over the next few weeks, we are working on ways to do so in a manner that makes all our shoppers feel more at ease.
We value your feedback and ask that anytime you question a correspondence from us you continue to share your concerns so that we may validate any correspondences associated with our name directly.
For those who received and email from BARE asking them update their email... yes, it is legitimate!

We're sorry for any confusion. The U.S. Office is doing this in order to validate the emails we have so that we can effectively communicate BARE news and updates.

It states in the email by choosing to update, your email preferences will not change within your Apollo Profile Settings; this is a correct statement. We are asking for shoppers to update via the link, for our records.

We will be sending an email similar to this from time to time over the next few weeks, we are working on ways to do so in a manner that makes all our shoppers feel more at ease. Please know that we would never give or sell your information to a third party. And you will not get a virus from this link.

We value your feedback and ask that anytime you question a correspondence from us you continue to share your concerns so that we may validate any correspondences associated with our name directly. Thanks! smiling smiley

Tabitha H. Barbarito
Office Coordinator

BARE International
Fairfax Virginia - Corporate Headquarters
Global Customer Experience Research
Tel: +1-703-995-3110
+1-800-296-6699 ext: 3110
Fax:+1-703-293-3124
Skype: Bare-US-TBarbarito


www.bareinternational.com





BARE CONFIDENTIAL
The above e-mail and any attached files ("the e-mail"winking smiley are intended solely for the addressee. The information contained in this e-mail is confidential and may be privileged. If you are not the named addressee please contact BARE International immediately and destroy any copies of this e-mail on your system. The content of this e-mail is for information only and should not be copied, disseminated or relied upon without specific written authority from BARE International

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/18/2014 05:31PM by CGbare.
The condfiendtialty clause is what we use at the bottom of all BARE emails. It is required in our signature smiling smiley
The link is generic. This looks a little different, but I guarantee that it will take you to the right place: [bareinternational.us3.list-manage2.com]

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
I think I'll pass. Thanks. I don't click links.


Ok. I did it and it's all good. Thanks! smiling smiley

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/19/2014 04:29PM by Canuck.
I don't see why I need to update my email through some weird link. My email is up to date in SASSIE. They can get the email from there if they really want it. Why make more work for us?
As someone pointed out, maybe they are trying to get rid of dead wood. If you don't click on the link, you are no longer responsive and you get dropped. Seems like a plausible explanation. Just copying email address from an existing database accomplishes nothing in terms of them being able to find out who is still out there (and not sending email to spam and not a bad email address that generates no response at all).

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
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