Alignable Spam – How To Delete Alignable
Is Alignable pilfering your email list?
Alignable will trick or mislead you into giving them access to your contacts and then will spam them daily and relentlessly in your name for months. Already a victim? Here is how to escape. If you haven’t accepted an invitation but are getting spammed, select “unsubscribe” immediately and don’t look back.
My Story! Does This Sound Familiar?
One morning on June 21, 2017 I received an email from one of my favorite clients. Her note said that she wanted to refer clients to me so had added me to something called Alignable. The email sounded so friendly that I thought that she had written it, and that she actually had a few people that she wanted to refer to us at Future Bright (We build beautiful and mighty websites.) I clicked the “accept” button. I had unknowingly entered the Alignable funnel and beginning immediately I was bombarded daily and relentlessly by emails claiming “you have pending referral opportunities”. In each email was a big fat green button that said “invite”. I realized that what they wanted was my email list. I received no less than eighty emails in sixty days’ time.
Your E-Mail List Is Your Holy Grail!
Anyone who owns a business knows that your email list is your holy grail. Your crown jewel. It is to be protected, carefully used, and never ever shared. That is why Alignable wants your list so badly! I became nervous. I knew that their access to my email list was just one careless click away. I wanted to end the barrage of emails, but I wasn’t sure if this was perhaps an emerging tool and didn’t want to miss out. I read articles about the site and didn’t find any negative comments (To this day I can’t figure out how they are managing to bury complaints). They seemed to be writing some interesting research reports…
Then, on August 21, I received an email that said,
I thought that Alignable was recommending that I connect with one new person. It says “a” business connection. Doesn’t that mean just one? The button says, “Add My Connection”. That is just one connection right? I think back to that day and run through it in slow motion over and over, as I moved my mouse over the green button and clicked “yes, add my connection!” Why did I press that button!!!??? They had tried and tried and tried and failed to get me to click the “invite” button, so they must have their funnel set to “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, then lie”. They didn’t mean “a” they really meant “all”.
Two days later on August 23, when I opened my email, I experienced that horror one must feel when you realize that you actually HADN’T turned the microphone off. I received an invitation to Alignable from myself to four different email address that I use in my business. I realized that my contact list had been taken.
I had been tricked! I felt embarrassed, horrified, knowing that over that morning, thousands of my contacts would be receiving a super friendly fake invitation from me. Clicking that green button hadn’t added just one contact, it gave them access to all 4,000 of my contacts and sent each of them the same friendly seeming note that I had received. Four thousand of my contacts were about to be thrown into the same confusion and relentless emailing that I had found myself in.
My embarrassment transformed into anger. I was furious! I tried to call the help number on the website but got an answering machine…an answering machine!
What could I do? I debated sending my own spam to warn everyone. Would that do more harm than good? How do I know if EVERYONE has been spammed? I waited. Maybe other folks would be smarter and wouldn’t be fooled like me. Maybe Alignable didn’t take my whole list. Over the weeks, I began to receive notices that someone had accepted my invitation. Months later, I was still receiving them. I knew then that for months people had been pestered by an auto-send email like I had been. Six months later, a former colleague of mine approached me and asked, “do you find Alignable useful? I keep getting invitations from you”. I realized that he had been getting invitations from “me” for months. I knew then that I need to write this post and send it out to my entire list. Alignable is compiling a huge list of email addresses that they have acquired through misleading practices. Alignable has probably now accumulated millions upon millions of email addresses.
How To Stop Receiving Invitations
If you receive an invitation from one of your colleagues, chances are they actually did not send the invitation themselves. If you believe that the invitation is legit, simply call them to ask them if they do indeed benefit from Alignable and want to connect with you there. If you do decide to join, be very mindful of Alignable’s unrelenting efforts to get you to allow them to grab your entire contact list. If you do not want to take the risk with Alignable, simply avoid all of this and click the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the invitation.
How To Delete Your Alignable Account
If you have already created an Alignable account and want to go back in time to before the nightmare began, you can delete your account, but unfortunately you cannot delete the invitations that may have been sent out on your behalf.
Step 1: Go to https://www.alignable.com/ and log in to your account.
Step 2: At the top right of the page you will see several icons. Click on your name and select “Account Settings”.
Step 3: Click on the red button that says “Deactivate Account”.
Step 4: You will be sent to a screen that asks if you are sure that you want to delete your account. Click on the green button that says “Send me deactivation instructions”.
Step 5: You will receive a deactivation email. Follow the instructions in that email.
Your account has now been deactivated.
How To Get Alignable To Stop Spamming Your Contacts In Your Name
There isn’t a way to do this. I AM SORRY!!! You cannot stop them. This is the worst part. And it is why their business model is flawed and so horrible. If you have experienced Alignable spamming your contacts, I would send an e-mail out to all of your clients and contacts to try to save them if you can. You can also send them a link to this article if you wish. It is hard to admit that you made this mistake, but it is a very easy one to make, and if you don’t tell them, they will experience months of anguish. Don’t feel bad for being duped. I am the world’s best skeptic, especially since I am in the industry, yet even so, out of politeness to my very loved client, I was sucked in.
Good Luck! This article gets 1000 views in Google each month, so you can be sure, you are not alone!
Wendy Louise Nog, Founder