Jackson Hewitt broke Federal law.

March 20, 2017 Monday

Unlike H&R Block and Liberty Tax, I actually had a bit of a neutral feeling toward Jackson Hewitt. They minded their own business, put out the industry standard sub-par commercials, and that was it.

Until the violated they CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

SEC. 5. OTHER PROTECTIONS FOR USERS OF COMMERCIAL ELECTRONIC MAIL

(b) AGGRAVATED VIOLATIONS RELATING TO COMMERCIAL ELECTRONIC MAIL.

(1) ADDRESS HARVESTING AND DICTIONARY ATTACKS.--

(A) IN GENERAL.--It is unlawful for any person to initiate the transmission, to a protected computer, of a commercial electronic mail message that is unlawfizl under subsection (a), or to assist in the origination of such mes- sage through the provision or selection of addresses to which the message will be transmitted, if such person had actual knowledge, or knowledge fairly implied on the basis of objective circumstances, that-

(i) the electronic mail address of the recipient was obtained using an automated means from an Internet website or proprietary online service operated by another person, and such website or online service included, at the time the address was obtained, a notice stating that the operator of such website or online PUBLIC LAW 108-187NDEC. 16, 2003 117 STAT. 2709 service will not give, sell, or otherwise transfer addresses maintained by such website or online service to any other party for the purposes of initiating, or enabling others to initiate, electronic mail messages; or

(ii) the electronic mail address of the recipient was obtained using an automated means that generates possible electronic mail addresses by combining names, letters, or numbers into numerous permutations.

Guess who got spammed by what company without permission?

Yeah, I know, not something "normal" people are allowed to get worked up over. But I hate spam. Especially when somebody is telling me to use them to do my taxes on an email they're not supposed to have. That's just very rude.

How in the hell did they even get my address? I've never used that account for anything but customer or IRS stuff. I certainly don't use it to contact competitors. The IRS probably passed it out. Again. I took my personal address off their website and my accounts years ago and I'm still getting tax related garbage.



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