Jennifer Kilpatrick, a Realtor for Corcoran Group, Told Police She Purchased Email List That Generated Alleged Threat
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The police report filed by PBSO concerning alleged threats made via email by Boynton’ s Robert Sagall raises questions about what incited the alleged threats, and the marketing tactics used by area Realtor Jennifer Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick is an agent for the Corocoran Group.
In the police affidavit obtained by BocaNewsNow.com, Kilpatrick told police that she “sent out a mass email to a bunch of email addresses she bought from the “exact data of home owners.” If the police report accurately represents the source of Kilpatrick’s email blast, she apparently purchased it from a website that specializes in “leads.”
There is no indication that Kilpatrick received permission from email recipients that they wanted to receive emails from her. There is no indication that Sagall, 22, was interested in purchasing a home.
Kilpatrick did not respond to an email request for comment from BocaNewsNow.com.
Sagall is accused of responding to Kilpatrick’s email blast with threats — including a bomb threat involving FAU. He is facing charges of “written threats to kill” and “threat to place a destructive device.”
He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on $20,000 bond.
Sending email “blasts” to recipients who did not “opt-in” is illegal under the Federal “Can-Spam” act and can generate civil penalties of up to $16,000 per violation, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
It is unclear if Kilpatrick’s email blast has been reported to the FTC or if any recipient has filed an individual report after receiving the blast. Kilpatrick told police she was sending information “about COVID-19.”
Exact Data, on its website, claims that all email addresses are “opt-in” — here’s the language it uses:
“Exact Data sources consumer data from national database with approximately 210 million names, postal addresses, and telephone numbers, with approximately 700 selects, originating from over 2,000 different sources. Exact Data overlays its permission compliant, opt-in email address database from over 100 sources on that national database, to make what we believe is the best, most accurate and up to date multi-channel consumer database on the market. The database is compared to the USPS National Change of Address file every 60-days, and updated as necessary. And 15 to 20 million new email addresses are acquired each month, a rigorous, proprietary hygiene process is performed, and approximately 10%, or 1.5 to 2.0 million new email addresses, are appended to the national database.”
Leads are sold at roughly 10-cents each. Exact Data is not accused of wrongdoing.
Kilpatrick reported Sagall’s alleged threats — he allegedly replied to her email blast — to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Sagall, according to Kilpatrick, replied with “kill u,” “I kill u,” “I bomb FAU.” Detectives investigated and arrested Sagall.
A court date is pending.
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