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Can you legally spam emails listed in whois results?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by EscalateSEO, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. EscalateSEO

    EscalateSEO BANNED BANNED

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    According to SPAM-CAN you cannot send to harvested emails that meet this requirement:

    Doesn't this mean you can actually scrape and bulk email any email addresses listed in whois results? It's my understanding that all domain registrars, in accordance with ICANN policy, state that customer's email, address, phone number, etc. will be listed publicly and I've never seen where it states that people cannot use those results to initial email messages...
     
  2. ChEcKeD

    ChEcKeD Senior Member

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    Mass spamming is illegal unless they opted in for it
     
  3. jbinkley

    jbinkley Junior Member Premium Member

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    According to the SPAM-CAN you can send mass emails as long as you state who you are, state that your email is an ad and you give them the opportunity to unsubscribe form your list.
     
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    kvmcable Supreme Member

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    Not sure where you got your information but suggest you read the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Of course it's illegal to send emails to harvested emails.
     
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    Panther28 Elite Member

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    How come i get companies sending me letters that my domain names about to expire, and i should re-new with them for the bargain price of $70, they obviously get my details from whois
     
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    I have ;)
     
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    Those are regular snail mail letters, right? Companies buy addresses directly from registrars.
     
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    Paco De Lucía Junior Member Premium Member

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    WHOIS email addresses are ok because they haven't specified a privacy requirement. Just make sure you give them a way to unsubscribe to your list. OP, the provision you've mentioned is only for lists of emails acquired from an agreement that the webmaster won't resell or otherwise give away the emails.
     
  9. Jouster

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    Yep, that's how all those wonderful Indian SEO companies do it...........Dear Sir, You need search engine optimization, blah blah blah, with a follow up 3 days later.........get em everyday, please don't send me anymore.