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Phone number + first and last name from an email address??? Wtf?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by 420money, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. 420money

    420money Regular Member

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    Hey all,

    Just got a phone call from someone asking for me (they knew my first and last name) to stop spamming them.

    However, I don't spam anyone...I post some ads on craigslist and respond to them ONCE...This is legal since they are responding to my ad, and I am only replying to their email that they sent me. I don't add them to any email list or further email them, even if they respond to one of my ads again they are added to the repeat recipient list and not emailed again.

    This guy said he would forward my info to the 'authorities' (lol? internet police?) If I continued to spam him...I said fine, but there shouldn't be a problem with what has happened. I also did not fully admit to anything but was helpful to the guy.

    So my thread has two or three questions really:

    1) What are your thoughts on the legality of what I'm doing? Want to double check if my line of thinking/logic is correct here.

    2) How did this guy get my email address? I use aliases always for my mailings and never use my real info for signing up for the email accounts that I mail from. Wtf?

    3) How do I protect myself from such info being harvested again?

    Thanks a bunch in advance...Thanks and +rep to all who help. Love this community, just got a little freaked out here...
     
  2. Brainstorming

    Brainstorming BANNED BANNED

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    Assuming that you're sending them to your website, you probably don't have private registration. They then go to networksolutions and do a domain whois on your domain and can find your phone number, address, name etc.

    I used to spam about 1000-5000 YouTube videos a day. I used to get calls all the time, they were usually pretty funny. Go to your registrar and make the domain private.
     
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  3. DarkPixel

    DarkPixel Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I guess you sent him a cpa offer, he completed it and the advertiser spammed his email.

    And he blames you for that.

    Just ignore him. If he calls again tell him to go to the authorities ... if you are not spamming, then you'll be OK.
     
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  4. 420money

    420money Regular Member

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    Thanks, I just realized this a minute ago, they are probably getting the info from the website I am sending them to.

    I have hosting set up with 1&1...how do I set it up for private registration?
     
  5. Brainstorming

    Brainstorming BANNED BANNED

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    Not sure about specifically for 1&1, but I know on GoDaddy you login to your account the domain is under, go to Manage Domains, then there is an option next to the domain for private registration. You should be able to click private registration and pay a rated fee based on the amount of months/years left on the registration.
     
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  6. 420money

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    Beautiful, just set to private. Hopefully that fixes things up for me. Kinda freaked me out at first, but now I'm just lol'ing.
     
  7. Brainstorming

    Brainstorming BANNED BANNED

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    Yeah, the first call I got when I was doing something similar to you freaked me out too. You learn from your mistakes though. In the future if you're going to send people to CPA offers or are doing something unethical, just remember to always register that domain as private.

    The fact every domain isn't registered private automatically, blows my mind honestly. But I guess that's just an easy way for them to make more money off of us.
     
  8. Manny

    Manny Registered Member

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    Contact 1&1 about getting domain privacy. Also request login details for your domain registration so you have control over your domain name. Remember that hosting and domain registration are two separate things.