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WhoIs Accuracy and Spam

  • To: whois-comments@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: WhoIs Accuracy and Spam
  • From: Bill Mackin <bfmackin@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 15:38:03 -0500


For the last 18 months I have been receiving spam emails "returned"
to various names @ my registered domain name.  Various spammers have
been sending out Unsolicited Commercial Emails using fake return
email addresses that end with my domain name.  Whenever any of these
UCE's bounce due to invalid email addresses, they bounce back to my
account.  I received 40 today alone.

The 3 times that I've tried to determine the source of these emails,
I've ended up at www.yesnic.org, a Korean domain registrar.  They
offer domain name registration for only $8.  The problem is, the
"whois" function returns invalid and incomplete registration
information, making it impossible to track down the actual owner
of the website being advertised in the spam.  For example, it lists
a phone number with 11 digits instead of 10, and no city or state
for the address of the domain owner.

As a person who has been on the internet for about 20 years, I
strongly believe that there needs to be validation of the domain
registrant's information, and the name, address and phone number
SHOULD be publicly available.

I have attempted to contact YesNIC.com about this problem, but have
never received a response and continue to receive the bounced UCE's.

I hope you consider this situation when you next meet to discuss
policies regarding the validity and availability of whois information.

Thank You.

Bill Mackin

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