ACM membership spam just keeps coming Just some background. I jointed the local on college ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) group and had to join the bigger ACM group to be part of a programming contest one year. Somehow I keep getting their e-mails. Like any respectible organization they include instructions to unsubscribe at the end of mass market mailings. Like unrespectible organizations these have yet to get me off their list. At least in my recent sent-mail folder I've sent unsubscribe requests June 5, 2009, July 27, 2009, August 27, 2009, and now April 7, 2010 after getting yet another spam message from them recently. Has anyone else had any success getting off their list? April 7, 2010 e-mail From: David Fries <>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 22:29:55 -0500
Subject: acm membership

Hi, I'm having a problem with my ACM membership. It seems that even though I've left ACM more than a decade ago, ACM still hasn't deleted my account. I've repeatedly followed the instructions at the bottom of your spam, you know the line that says to e-mail ? But I'm still getting the e-mail spam asking for membership. I'm not the only one. Please completely erase my e-mail address from your records and let me know it has been completed.

"ACM will never sell or rent your email address." How about not spamming? How about actually following the unsubscribe requests?

David Fries (PGP encryption key available)

Dear David Fries,

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Director of Membership

ACM Member Services Department
1-800-342-6626 (U.S. and Canada)
1-212-626-0500 (Global)

To be excluded from future offers of ACM Membership and services, please reply to with the following line in the "Subject" field:


ACM will never sell or rent your email address.

====================================== Prompt response for the above e-mail. From Thu Apr 8 09:04:24 2010
From: Lillian Israel <>
To: 'David Fries' <>
CC: "" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 08:12:59 -0500
Subject: RE: acm membership

Dear David,

We will take your name off of our lists. We are very sorry about this.

Lillian Prompt response for the above e-mail 2. From Fri Apr 9 09:17:48 2010
From: ACM Member Help Utility
To: "''"
CC: Lillian Israel
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 08:40:17 -0500
Subject: RE: acm membership

Dear David,

Thank you very much for contacting ACM! My name is Rosemary and I will be happy to assist you today.

This email serves to confirm that the email address,, will be excluded from future Marketing email campaigns.

If you have further questions and/or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a wonderful day!

Kind Regards,

Rosemary Rodriguez
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701
New York, NY 10121-0701
P: 1-212-626-0500
F: 1-212-944-1318

myACM is your control center for managing your ACM Membership and Services,

It still doesn't excuse the unsubscribe from failing. Another year or two should tell.