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    Senior Member ceetee's Avatar
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    My previous websites have been .co.uk and based in the UK. And as expected the site that briefly had a mailto link attracted spam, whilst the site with a server contact form hasn't.

    So armed with that knowledge of how to prevent spam I bought a .com domain and a website hosted with a different company and the server in Houston. But within 2 days I'd received a 'webmaster's help' proposal.
    Within a week it was Viagra and co.

    I'm just wondering if this is a known problem with .com domains. The person running the hosting company doesn't come across as being so crass as to give away my name to spammers. But how would they know my domain?

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    Senior Member splufdaddy's Avatar
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    If you haven't signed up for anything or given your email address out to anyone, here's one possibility:

    Some spammers send out mail to the "webmaster" or "admin" accounts to as many domains as they can find. These are the most popular accounts that most domains will have set up. It's a shot in the dark, but a virtually free one at that. If you have you@yourdomain.com set up as the catch-all email address, you'll get these emails forwarded to you. However, getting these ads so quickly after registering the domain is bizare. I've had my domain registered for over a year, and I get maybe one of these emails a month.

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    WDF Staff Wired's Avatar
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    They can also look at the WHOIS info on a domain name and get info from there. On one of my domain names, I get occasional spam from it, and no one knows about the site. it's being sent to random names at the domain name
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    Senior Member Brak's Avatar
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    Have you opened one of the emails? Once you open them, many of them have "broken" images that go to something like http://www.externaldomain.com/tracke...ourdomiain.com You can guess what goes on from there... it's an avalanche that's nearly unstoppable. Shot in the dark + that method = spam... it sucks.
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