Spoke.com sells addresses
Mr Jobs, we got your number from Spoke.Com
Spoke.com is selling your friends' Outlook address books
Phil sez, "Spoke.com has sucked 3 million records (in 6 months) out of the Outlook address books of your friends and is selling them on their website."
Spoke says that it launched it's free service in August and that they have added 3 million new names since August. How did they do that? It was easy! To get access to Spoke's "free" service, you must install the Spoke toolbar. The Spoke toolbar then copies all of the information from your address book into the Spoke database. It's at this point you should be able to smell the burning sulfur. They've got unlisted numbers, private addresses, cell-phone numbers and so forth. These people are complete scum. Link (Thanks, Phil!)
If, for example, I pressed the button for Spoke's free service, the Spoke toolbar would install and then copy the roughly 2100 names, phone numbers, and email addresses out of my Outlook Contact database and then add them to Spoke's database. Spoke would then be able to sell those names, titles, companies, addresses, and email addresses to direct marketing organizations. Participating in this scheme is a sure path to hell.
posted by Steve @ 7:40:00 PM