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Domain related junk mail

Domain related junk mail, originally uploaded by mathowie.

In the beginning, I listed my home phone number and apartment address on all my domains. By the late nineties, the marketers/spammers showed up and after the tenth early morning phone pitch and junkmail blast, I gave up and fabricated a generic-sounding address and slapped a movie-style 555 phone number on all my domains.

Last Fall I finally buckled down and got a PO Box and I decided to try putting a real business address and phone number (at least my SkypeIn number) back on my domains. Today I did my monthly PO Box check and it was full. For the first three months of my mailbox, I got almost no mail but today it was stuffed with special offers for the owner of I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since there’s almost no cost to blasting out ads to every domain owner but it was still unexpected.

My biggest worry when looking at this stack of mail? I hope the person living at 123 Fake St. in San Francisco knows how truly sorry I am for the past eight years of junk mail.

  1. Never occurred to me there might be someone at 123 Outami Way, Nowhere, NV. Hell and bother.

  2. I was very happy when my registrar offered a proxy address for my domain name. I was getting all those sleazy mails about how my domain was about to expire and I should renew immediately (with no warning that I’d actually be switching to a more expensive registrar).

  3. Yeah, it’s amazing how much junkmail I get for “busybee.” I’ve never gotten phone calls though.
    Fortunately, there is no Fake St in San Francisco (at least not that Google Maps can find).

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