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Does Registerfly sell their customer’s info for spamming purposes?!

It’s a big legal issue and I can’t speak for sure ’cause it’s a big responsibility but I leave the judgment to the readers and wait to hear other similar situations to make sure. After all even if that’s true, I think there’s nothing we can do like all other spammers.

First of all I should say that I had some domains with Registerfly back in the days they were an accredited registrar because of their low prices and promotions. But when ICANN terminated their accreditation, I transferred my domains to other places like most of their other customers.

Anyway today I got 2 emails from them in my Yahoo mail account’s bulk folder, both exactly the same and indicating one of my domains with them is going to expire while after checking that domain I remembered that I’ve already transferred that domain somewhere else and renewed it till 2009. That wasn’t a big deal since that can be a bug in their script which still thinks my domain is registered with them and another bug in their email sender script caused the email to be sent twice BUT looking at my other received spam emails in the bulk folder something smells fishy.

Here is the screenshot:

Registerfly’s and the other spam emails in my Bulk folder

In fact the server which sent registerfly’s emails AND the one which  sent the other spam emails seem to be the same or at least with the same bug which caused the email to be sent twice!

Just checked the IP addresses the spam emails have been sent from and here are the results:

Both Registerfly emails were sent from so that’s why I can’t speak for sure that they were sent from the same server but considering the situation what you guys think ? Is it just an accident? :)




4 Comments so far

  1. Chetan February 7th, 2008 11:32 am

    I never believe in Registerfly and their domain registration service, i better call them Spammers, as frankly speaking i got many spam mails in my new email address which i used to open account with registerfly and register a domain there.

  2. soroush February 7th, 2008 4:06 pm

    Same here, it’s becoming just ridiculous! I get more than 20 spam emails in the same way I described (2 of each) everyday!
    Who knew that an accredited registrar may sell the customer info after ICANN terminated their accreditation!

    The mailing list they have is so valuable because that’s mostly the primary email address for a lot of people!

  3. Soli March 3rd, 2008 5:30 pm

    That would be absolutely ridiculous and a shame on them if they were to do that. If they indeed do that, you might be considering getting one of these free web based email services just for the purpose.

  4. Rife Machine May 9th, 2008 3:49 am

    Yeah it’s a real shame – they used to be a good registrar but can’t make it anymore with competition from the likes of Godaddy. What they are engaging in is a last act of deperation, trying to scrape the last few bucks out of a failing business. I guess integrity went out the window.

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