Mystery Shopping Solutions spamming again

Just got email from them sent to several email addresses that I've used with MS companies over the years. I have my own domain and use different addresses at different sites, so I can tell when their database had been compromised. I got three emails sent to different addresses, but sadly only one was an address I used at a specific company, the others were generic addresses I've used. I don't understand why Matt insists on doing this, I've complained to him in the past and not gotten anywhere, so I just figured I'd post here. From prior discussions, it seems like he may run a legit business, but I really wish he would not resort to spamming.

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I get offended whenever a scheduler who knows my MS email address shares it with MSS. I also think less of such schedulers and am less likely to shop for them if I let them know I object and they still try to justify what they did or tell me how great or legit MSS is.

I haven't communicated with Matt for many years because I have found it to be a total waste of time. His spiel used to be what he did was not spam. He had all sorts of BS reasons why it was not spam. He absolutely refused to remove my information from his database. Trying to reason with him was like asking a puddle of diarrhea not to stink.
@BusyBeeBuzzBuzzBuzz wrote:

I get offended whenever a scheduler who knows my MS email address shares it with MSS. I also think less of such schedulers and am less likely to shop for them if I let them know I object and they still try to justify what they did or tell me how great or legit MSS is.
Yes, trying to get schedulers (or Matt) to understand that sharing email addresses is a violation of the privacy policy posted on every MS company website is a waste of time.
Just got another one at an email address I have only used for the MSPA. So either he got it from them or from a scheduler who got it from them. Reported as spam.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/29/2022 03:00PM by MisterBill.
Got one more and AOL/Verizon automatically put it in my spam folder. Did there used to be a MS company by the name of Quality Works or something like that? Because this email was sent to qworks@ my domain.
And one more addressed to the email i used for Service Evaluation Concepts. Fortunately, they're all ending up in my spam folder now.

Amusingly, the name in the To line is "First Last". I guess his mail merge isn't working too well.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/29/2022 11:17PM by MisterBill.
@SpaceCoastJohn wrote:

Be nice if we could add an attorney specializing in chasing virtual spam to the directory. smiling smiley
Probably not worth it financially.

BTW, I'm up to eight copies now. One sent to an address I used exclusively at GFK. How did he get the addresses from companies? I suspect he got these a while ago and just crawls out from under his rock every few years and respams his list.
I finally got an email and it went to my spam folder! Yay!

Was this the email you got?

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Dear Mystery Shopper:

Although it seems like it was a lifetime ago that Covid hit, it was actually a little more than 2 years ago that Mystery Shopping pretty much ground to a halt.

About 2 years ago, a group of our trusted partners gave us the email addresses for their mystery shoppers so that we could try to be prepared for Mystery Shopping to start up again. A lot of the Covid restrictions have been removed, and Mystery Shopping is coming back.

We are not sure if you are still doing Mystery Shopping, but we have noticed that you are not registered as a mystery shopper in our shopper database.(it's free)


If you would like to register in our shopper database, please go to: [www.mystshopsol.com].

If you either are no longer Mystery Shopping, or would rather not receive any future communication from us, please Click Here to be unsubscribed from this list.


Thank you!

Matt Corrow

Click here to read this newsletter in your browser
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There is no way I am going to respond to this spam in any way. Some spammers use Unsubscribe links to spam more, not less. If you try to unsubscribe, that's confirmation to spammers that they have your current email address.
Yeah, that's the one. But the line about getting the addresses two years ago is BS, since I found emails I'd sent to him in 2012 and 2016 complaining about his spamming.
Got more emails from him today, pushing Amusement Advantage (in my spam folder, of course). The emails now include an unsubscribe link, so I tried that, putting variations of "you are in a spammer" n the reason for unsubscribing box. Does anyone know someone at Amusement Advantage who we can alert to the fact that they are doing business with a spammer who is sending their email to emails that he did not legally obtain?

The thing that really annoys me about him (other than emailing me in the first place) is that he didn't just send a single email to the addresses that he obtained and stop. The proper (if we want to stretch that term) thing to do would be a single email, let the person have the option to sign up, and never write to them again if they do not. But obviously that's not what he does. He takes the lists he obtains and keeps using it, even though he has not been given permission to continue to send emails. And until now, there wasn't even an unsubscribe link. Let's see if he honors the request.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2022 05:30AM by MisterBill.
@MisterBill wrote:

Got more emails from him today, pushing Amusement Advantage (in my spam folder, of course). The emails now include an unsubscribe link, so I tried that, putting variations of "you are in a spammer" n the reason for unsubscribing box. Does anyone know someone at Amusement Advantage who we can alert to the fact that they are doing business with a spammer who is sending their email to emails that he did not legally obtain?
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I got that too. I was already a AA shopper. I searched the whole East Coast including Boston, NY, Baltimore and couldn't find any of the shops they supposedly had available.

I e-mailed him asking, not realizing this was part of what was going on. He said it must just be my area.

Then later in the day i got an e-mail stating I had successfully unsubscribed from www.mystshopsol.com.

I guess that's so he can get credit for recruiting me for www.mystshopsol.com now?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2022 02:18PM by wrosie.
I just set up a filter for MSS that dumps the spam emails into a folder labeled “MSS Spam” and it auto-empties every 30 days.

I also have a “Intellishop Spam,” “EPMS Spam,” and am building a “IPSOS Nike Crap Spam” folder today after receiving 17 emails from one independent IPSOS scheduler.
@ColoKate63 wrote:

I just set up a filter for MSS that dumps the spam emails into a folder labeled “MSS Spam” and it auto-empties every 30 days.

I also have a “Intellishop Spam,” “EPMS Spam,” and am building a “IPSOS Nike Crap Spam” folder today after receiving 17 emails from one independent IPSOS scheduler.
I have a mail filter and send a bunch of the typical shop emails there. Then I can look at them at one time. I've missed a couple of shops because of it, but it keeps my inbox much cleaner.

I did one of the Nike shops a few months ago, but only when it went up to $25. Not worth it for the regular price.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2022 03:41PM by MisterBill.
@wrosie wrote:

I got that too. I was already a AA shopper. I searched the whole East Coast including Boston, NY, Baltimore and couldn't find any of the shops they supposedly had available.
I found a thread here with a job posted by AA and added this comment. I chose not to include the company's name in it.

Cynthia, are you aware that there is a company that just sent out a spam mailing asking people to sign up for your company? They use email addresses that they did not obtain legally. It's not a good look for your company.
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