Josie Nutter (josienutter) wrote in seattle,
Josie Nutter
josienutter
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Home Owner Spam

This seems really odd to me.

Some back story: my fiance and I get an incredible amount of unsolicited mail from local realtors.  We live in a condo, and these mailings are almost always for property for sale in the area, or for workshops and seminars.  I spent a ton of time each week, sending snail-mail mailing list removal requests to each offender, sometimes calling them or visiting their offices to deliver my requests a little more personally.

But the same people keep mailing us over and over and over.

One of the most problematic has been Coldwell Bains Banker.  Each of their reps has his or her own mailing list.  Eventually, I got so sick of being ignored by the individuals, I started sending all of my removal requests to their main website contacts.  That got a response.

The tech administrator told me that they get their lists from the Washington State Assessor's office, and that even if someone removes my address from their personal list, I'll be back on it the next time they refresh with the Assessor.

I emailed assessor.info@metrokc.gov a few times, asking to be removed from their send-list, or at least flagged as some sort of "do not contact" thing.  Like the phone book, you know?  Don't list me.  After ignoring me for months, this was finally what they responded with:

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Not possible, records are public domain and unless State law changes, we cannot remove you from our database.  Thank you.

S.W. Roe
Executive Assistant
206-296-5098
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That just doesn't seem right to me.  Does anyone know anything more about this sort of thing?

I am sick and tired of the spam, and the amount of paper waste it generates in my mailbox every week is ridiculous.  It all goes straight to the recycling bin these days.
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