You Can Argue With Stupid, But You Will Never Win
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Please introduce me to "undisclosed-recipients." I would like to pick his or her brain to find out how he or she is getting all these orders.
Now I don’t consider myself to be the most intelligent person out there, but do consider myself a fairly intelligent individual. Periodically I receive an email with an order request from different AMCs. These are unsolicited emails from amcs I do not do business with. Why I am receiving these requests is a concern and a question for another day. The emails I receive are addressed to the person who sent the email, undisclosed-recipients; or simply left blank. So far I comprehend what the senders is attempting to accomplish. but that is as far as I can go without some clarity and explanation. Here are some examples of why I am confused:
This email was sent by Erinn P. at Single Source The “To Address” is blank. At the bottom of the email this is stated:
“The information contained in this e-mail, and any attachment, is confidential and is intended solely for the use of the intended recipient. Access, copying or re-use of the e-mail or any attachment, or any information contained therein, by any other person is not authorized. If you are not the intended recipient please return the e-mail to the sender and permanently delete it from your computer.”
Well, I have a name printed on my birth certificate and my family and friends have been calling me that since I was born, and on occasion, a few have called me things I choose not to repeat so this email was clearly not meant for me, otherwise Erinn would have shown me some basic form of human decency and used my name. Even my dog gets called by name! I must have received this email in error and as instructed, I immediately deleted it from my computer.
Another example comes from Shelby S. at Service 1st LLC and was addressed to Shelby S. Here is what is at the bottom of the email:
“This email, its contents, and any attachments sent with it are confidential and the property of Service 1st, LLC. They are intended exclusively for the individual(s) or entity to whom the message is addressed. If you are not one of the named recipients or believe you received this email in error, please delete it and notify us immediately. Any other use or disclosure is strictly prohibited and could be in violation of state and federal law.”
Well if you send an email to yourself and then state it is exclusively for the individual or entity in which it is addressed, it must be for your own use. There must have been some sort of crossed lines, as I am not the intended recipient and have deleted it from my computer as the instructions state.
Here is one from Maria G. at ACT Appraisal. It is addressed to Maria G. Here is what Maria has put on the bottom of her email:
“This email may contain privileged and/or confidential information that is intended solely for the use of the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing or using any of the information contained in the transmission. If you received this communication in error, please contact the sender (“Company”) immediately and destroy the material in its entirety, including all electronic and hard copies.
This communication may contain nonpublic personal information about consumers which is subject to restrictions under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. You may not directly or indirectly reuse or disclose such nonpublic personal information for any purpose other than to provide the services for which you are receiving the information.
There are risks associated with the use of electronic transmission. The sender of this information does not control the method of transmittal or any service providers and the sender assumes no duty, liability, or obligation for the security, receipt, or any third party interception of this transmission. The Company reserves the right to amend statements made herein in the event of a mistake. Unless expressly stated herein to the contrary, only agreements in writing signed by an authorized officer of the Company may be enforced against it.”
Is Maria bidding on this assignment? It appears she is the only recipient. And what about the disclaimer she takes no responsibility for sending it? Wow, is all I can say.
This one from OrdersYourAMC.com (Not even a person) came addressed to "undisclosed-recipients":
“NOTICE: The information contained in this communication is confidential and/or legally privileged. It is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, please destroy the original communication, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify us by telephone 954-495-4144.”
Hey, OrdersYourAMC.com, the email is not addressed to me or anyone else. Who are you sending this “confidential and legally privileged communication” to? If it is confidential and privileged, should the contents be more secure than Undisclosed recipients?
This one is from Steve S. at First Look Appraisals and is addressed to "undisclosed-recipients".
“The contents of this message may be confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, do not disseminate, disclose, copy or use this message without the permission of the author. Nothing contained in this message or in any attachment shall satisfy the requirements for a writing, and nothing contained herein shall constitute a contract or electronic signature. If this message has been received in error, please delete it immediately.”
Hey Steve, please introduce me to "undisclosed-recipients." I would like to pick his or her brain to find out how he or she is getting all these orders.
All kidding aside, I do understand the verbiage on the bottom of the emails is something a legal representative has instructed them to add. I also am aware these amcs are not fulfilling their obligations to the lender and obtaining the most qualified appraiser when they blast orders to whomever.
At the very least, read, comprehend and understand what you are sending out written on every email you send. It is written in noncomplex English with no legal verbiage. If you cannot comprehend the verbiage on the bottom of your email, I suggest you ask someone more intelligent than you to explain it to you.
When these amcs get into legal trouble, and I predict they will, these “confidential and privileged” emails sent to themselves and "undisclosed-recipients", will be used against them by lenders, homeowners and appraisers.
Or maybe it is a thought out executed plan of collusion by the amcs to not have any appraiser respond. Then they can make the claim there is an appraiser shortage.
Like the saying goes, “you can argue with stupid, but you will never win.”
By TJ Everett, Certified Real Estate Appraiser