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  1. I’m sure we could come up with a list of charities they could donate that commission to instead of issuing a check…

  2. I am sure that all of our minds are full of fun, illegal, and unethical possibilities. But I wonder if this might be an opportunity to expose IBB’s idiocy to people or businesses who might care about that, and ones that IBB might care about being censured by.

  3. Arthur, if “You just sent a copy of your most confidential finsncial information to a guy in Nrw Jersey” doesn’t make an impression, probably nothing will.

  4. Arthut: Would it really be illegal or unethical to send back a completely honest response? e.g. “I don’t want the check, as I don’t feel like I earned it. I’m not interested in working with you, please don’t contact me again.”

  5. Accept the cheque and cash it (you have ID, after all). Donate the money to literacy charities. Send him the receipts.

  6. I think a good plan is to make sure your IBB dossier is up-to-date; create a letter of intent, have it notarized and then held by a lawyer along with the IBB dossier; and then send your address to the RE/MAX people. If you receive the check, it may be enough to wake IBB out of his prolonged stupor.

  7. You could try making up a reverse-phish. Mock up a fake bounce notification, that looks like it’s coming from gmail, and replay a link to it. “This address is not valid. Please verify the address you are attempting to contact” only expanded to a full page worth.

    If you get REALLY tired of it, switch to a reverse-phish that looks like an FBI or FTC or whatever organization regulates Washington real-estate professionals, simply stating that “this email account is currently being monitored. Your attempt to contact this email address has been logged and recorded. You will be notified by local prosecutor(s) if your testimony is required.” (Note that these are all true statements, though perhaps just a BIT misleading.)

    Or, find out what company IBB works for, and start forwarding emails to his boss. Or go straight to the regulator. The point being to get the attention of someone IBB has to listen to.

  8. Oh, and to resolve the immediate problem, I suggest telling the other agent that you aren’t entitled to the money, but you’ll be happy to hand it over should the proper recipient show up to pick it up. 50/50 they’ll send it out anyway, and you can negotiate with IBB your fee for putting a stamp on it and the right address. 10%? 20%? Is there an amount of cash that would soothe your accumulated aggravation?

  9. @ Bill – I assume you know his correct (e-mail) address, as well as his real (postal) address. Why not file suit against him, for damages caused by his ridiculous incompetence? You don’t necessarily have to file in court, a menacing letter of intent from any lawyer with an impressive-looking letterhead might be enough. I’m sure there’s a few lawyers lurking about CIDU, perhaps one of them would be willing to take the case on a pro-bono basis.

  10. “Who said I have accumulated aggravation, James?”

    If you didn’t, you’d suffer in silence, and there wouldn’t be a problem to solve.

    ” Why not file suit against him, for damages caused by his ridiculous incompetence?”

    Because the suit would have to be filed in Washington, where IBB resides.

  11. I like the idea of you telling RE/MAX you’re not interested in the commission and to give the funds to the buyer. Then when IBB ask RE/MAX where his check is, they can point to your email. Hopefully, that will encourage IBB to get his act together and pay the penalty for not doing so earlier.

  12. With all the discussion about mail fraud (in the thread about the bribes to universities, etc.), I would be afeared this’d be considered such, also. Best to reply to email, explain the issue, and let THEM handle it.

  13. Back when answering machines were still used, I would sometimes get a message that went to me instead of the person it was meant for. I always called back, explained the situation, and let that person take care of the issue. The caller was always grateful that I went to the trouble of alerting them to their misteak.

  14. James, Bill is updating an absurd story: I don’t see any “aggravation” or “problem to solve”.

  15. I will offer the sage advice passed on to us by the Isley Bros:
    “Money money money muhhhh-nnnnneeeyyy
    MO-ney!”
    I feel that’s all there is to say, ethically.

  16. The fascinating part of all this is that Idiot Bill KNOWS I’ve been telling his clients that he’s too @#$% stupid to use e-mail properly. How does this not concern him?

  17. “I don’t see any ‘aggravation’ or ‘problem to solve’.”

    That settles THAT, then.
    You read the IBB saga and determined that Bill wants it to continue.

  18. I think the entire fiasco would make a great short story, in the humour section of Reader’s Digest (is that still extant?) . . . just from the postings here.

  19. “How does this not concern him?”

    Repeat business is uncommon in real-estate transactions. And ultimately, IBB isn’t costing his customers any significant time, money, or effort. His customers care if their transaction went through on time and at the price they expected, and he’s delivering on THAT. He isn’t selling their private information to organized crime, he’s sending it to an honest bloke who calls him an idiot and then protects the idiot’s customers from the idiot’s idiot mistakes.

  20. Andrea – After years of pizza orders, eyeglass store calls, and tv repair shop calls (we have a similar number to all 3 other numbers) we changed our answering machine to have an ad about our craft business – they still left the the messages. The TV repair shop at some point closed and a doctor got that number and we do pick up the phone tell anyone calling the doctor that they have a wrong number (machine always on). The others we only pick up if we are really annoyed at the call – such as drunks calling for pizza on Saturday night, hanging up and calling again – 4 or 5 times.

    People call for pizza until at least 3 am – they got an earful when my dad was in the hospital expected to die any minute (for almost a year) and they called and woke us up. Otherwise – we don’t talk to them or we would waste too much time doing so.

  21. “After years of piMehzza orders, eyeglass store calls, and tv repair shop calls ”

    Meh. I got more than 10 years of debt collectors robocalling, looking for my ex-wife. Dumping a 5 or 6 minute message onto the answering machine, every time. Every day for six months. Then I’d get a week’s break or so, and then a DIFFERENT debt collector would robocall for six months, then they’d sell the debt to a different collector, who’d try for six months.

    As a twist, my answering machine had a “feature” that protected you from accidentally erasing messages before you listened to them… pushing the “erase all” button would skip over any messages that hadn’t been listened to, in full.

  22. “James, why don’t you change your number?”

    numbers. They were darn sure positive that I was harboring my ex-wife, and most of them wouldn’t un-robocall me when I compkained to them, to the phone company, and the state AG. Or they’d sell the debt to another collector, and it would start all over again. Eventually, I thought they’d hit the point where the debt was out of the statute of limitations, but nope. My divorce was final in 2002. In 2017, there were still a few go-rounds with this BS.

    I dropped the landline when I sold the house, and I got a pay-per-minute cell phone for outgoing calls and left it turned off whenever I wasn’t making a call or having a reason to expect a call I wanted to take. I didn’t set up a voice mailbox, so they either call when I’m making a call (busy signal) or they call while my phone is turned off, in which case I don’t care.

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