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Bought domain and hosting with whois privacy - how did spammers get my email?

I went with the same company that has a partnership with Treehouse. I chose the option that hides my details on whois - but immediately afterwards I started to get emails from various people and companies, often explicitly from India, offering their services and insisting that I need to "register my domain with search engines".

I'm a noobie, it's why I am taking this course, how did they get my contact info? It's not on the web site.

8 Answers

With .com you cannot make a domain completely private. How-ever your registrar can make the contact details to them in stead but for compliance they have to forward everything to you too.

With .co.uk I know you can make it fully private providing you're not trading and selling goods/services.

Does your web site have your e-mail on at all? Providing a link would save time.

The web site has absolutely nothing on it, it's a blank page. There must be some window into the domain registration or hosting process where people can see who has registered a page (it's not on the whois page).

Juan Aviles
Juan Aviles
12,795 Points

If there's money to be made, someone will figure out a way to get their hooks into you. My old site has been up for years, and I've never been bothered by anyone before, but as soon as I added a Wordpress blog to it, the flood of emails started.

I've found your details, go to betterwhois.com and search your domain and I get your outlook.my e-mail address.

Wow Bradley thank you, and that is disappointing (the result). I guess GoDaddy shows that info too, now that I look at their search. I was using https://www.whois.net/default.aspx to check, and I guess that is junk.

Mark VonGyer
Mark VonGyer
21,239 Points

IF you are from the UK you should be able to put your email address into the registered list of people who do not wish to be contacted with marketing materials. Then your information should be taken off marketing databases.

Hi all, I got this taken care of after contacting the hosting company. It was my fault, I didn't click in the box for privacy protection. I thought I did. Oops.