For about a year now, I’ve received regular emails intended for a bunch of doctors. I own several domains and somehow, they believe that one of their colleagues holds an email address with one of them.
The wrong email address has obviously been added to a distribution list. These things happen- people make mistakes.
The emails I’m receiving are sent by people with @fortishospitals.in email addresses. I ignored the first couple of emails but when I realised that they weren’t going to stop any time soon, I replied to the sender to ask that they remove my email address that was being included. I didn’t get a reply so when I received another group email from a different doctor, I located an administrative email address from the Fortis Hospitals website and sent an email, just briefly explaining that I was receiving group emails in error. I didn’t get a reply.
When I next received an email from yet another sender, I ‘replied to all’ and not so politely explained that I would like my email address removed from their distribution list. I may have suggested that they were all a bunch of fuckwits- I don’t remember now.
This time, I did get a reply. The reply was from one doctor and simply said “charming”.
The next email I received was responded to with something along the lines of “further emails received are considered as spam and that by sending any further emails, you agree that I am able to use your email addresses as I wish.
The emails I receive from Fortis Hospitals are generally quite dull and usually include details of lectures or progress in a particular medical field. Still, it would be nice if someone could just acknowledge my request and remove my email address.
Here’s the most recent email I received, which was a couple of days ago:
To encourage academics and research, the management of Fortis Healthcare Ltd. has set up a Core Committee for Academics and Research at Fortis Escorts. This team is led by Dr. Upendra Xxxx (Dean) and included Dr. Alok Xxxxxxxxxx (Head-Training) and Ms. Priyadarshini Xxxxxxx (Chief Clinical Research & Ethics Coordinator). The focus of this committee is to help all Fortis Hospitals across the country to develop academics and research at their respective units as well as ensure contribution from all Fortis Hospitals towards the work being done by the Core Committee.
- Your valuable contributions in terms of articles, case reports, interesting clinical cases etc. for Fortis Medical Journal which is published quarterly need to be sent via e-mail to Dr. Alok Xxxxxxxxxx (+91-XXXXXXXXXX) on email@example.com and mark a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your queries regarding clinical research or sponsorship for clinical research need to be sent via e-mail to Ms. Ankita Xxxxx (Clinical Research Coordinator at Fortis Mulund available on 022-XXXXXXXX) at email@example.com, Ms. Priyadarshini Xxxxxxx (+91-XXXXXXXXXX) on firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org & Dr. Tushar Xxxxx (Sr. Executive Medical Services)on email@example.com (+91-XXXXXXXXXX; 022-XXXXXXXX)
Looking forward to your active participation.
Dr. Tushar Xxxxx
BB PIN XXXXXXXX
At the bottom of the email, a disclaimer says that I should notify the sender immediately if I’m not the intended recipient. I’m way past that and can’t be bothered making the effort and wasting my time trying to ask that I don’t get emailed by mistake any more.
Here’s what I’ve done.
The email address that is included in their distribution list is now set to forward emails sent to it to a bunch of other email addresses. These other email addresses are obtained from the most recent email and from contact information that I’ve found on the internet; including email addresses of some senior figures at Fortis Hospitals. I’d estimate that there must be nearly 100 email addresses that will receive forwarded emails.
My hope is that other employees of Fortis Hospitals will get fed up with receiving my spam and eventually make sure that my email address is removed from their stupid distribution list.
If the spam emails continue, I will start registering my email address with as many dodgy looking websites as I can. I will scour the internet for porn and scam websites, just so that I can register my email address and get loads of shit sent to it, which will in turn be forwarded to 100 or so Fortis Hospitals employees. Only once I receive an apology and a guarantee that my email address has been removed from their distribution list, will I delete my email address and any forwards associated with it. I was tempted to post the email address in this post, but I’ll refrain from that for now- if even a fraction of the visitors to Ninja Hedgehog were to start emailing it or using it to sign up to things online, it would cause chaos. It’s worth noting that I haven’t ruled that out as a possibility though.
Fortis Hospitals seems to be a pretty big establishment so I’m surprised at the inability to understand, or even acknowledge, my request, which isn’t an unreasonable one. All I want is for my email address to be removed from their distribution list- surely not all Fortis Hospitals staff can be too incompetent to be able to arrange that? Maybe I could even sue them for harassment or something?
I’m going to email them all a link to this article and let them know that I’ve shared my experience of Fortis Hospitals with a tiny part of the internet. Ninja Hedgehog hardly sees the same amount of visitors as Facebook, but around 5,000 of you come here each month. I wouldn’t want 5,000 people thinking that I couldn’t carry out a very simple request.