This one is for you, Mark Shiblu and Eric Grenier of ComCentric, and Gale Marie Collins from Perficient
Mark Shiblu and Eric Grenier
December 14, 2016, 2:14pm:
At first glance, I figured this guy was like most: spamming for the sake of spamming. I launched into my typical “see who he sent the message through, ask everyone down the chain to shut him off”. No idea if it’s ever been effective, but it helps me sleep better:
Someone else from ComCentric, Eric Grenier, chimed in on that message:
Ian's resume and email were posted on a job portal soliciting employment and that is why he was contacted. Please have Ian Douglas remove his public resume if he wishes not to be contacted for employment opportunities. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone
So I responded:
I'd be happy to remove my information if you can tell me where you found it. I've not given it directly to Comcentric, which means Comcentric is somehow harvesting that data for commercial use, which is against the CAN-SPAM Act. The only places online that I actively update are AngelList and LinkedIn where I clearly state that I'm not looking for new opportunities. If you've found my information elsewhere, it's out of date. I have never been a full-time java developer in any capacity in my 20-year career, so I'm not sure why Comcentric would even think I'd be qualified for such a role. But again, tell me where you found that data and I'll contact them as well. In the meantime, please blacklist me at Comcentric from future emails.
And he replied:
Your resume is posted on Dice soliciting employment. I am really puzzled by your bizarre reaction to getting an email about jobs... We will not contact you again.
And then he sent a message to his team, CC’ing me:
Ian Douglas has a resume posted on Dice.com seeking employment so he is being ridiculous for this type of reaction. Thanks!
So one last reply from me:
I double checked Dice last night, my profile was not searchable, not did it show any Java experience. I've asked them to remove my account completely anyway. And I'm reacting this way because your company is breaking the federal CAN-SPAM rules that businesses are legally required to follow when sending commercial solicitation emails.
Gale Marie Collins
Again with Java, but now C#/.NET ?
So I do what I do per CAN-SPAM:
Her response via email:
What is this? I saw your resume on Dice.
What is this? Seriously, you’re going to complain because I reported you for being the spammer that you are?
But Dice … are they up to something shady too?