We would like to inform the email above is a scam. It is an email sent out by unscrupulous people (to email addresses and/or through regular snail mail) to people with open registrations on their domain names. Your personal information is displayed in a public directory as soon as you register a domain with Exabytes or any other registrar. Hackers, scammers and spammers often use this to compile email lists and steal domains. Yes, it’s true – when you registered your domain name, your personal information such as email, contact number and address is published in the Whois Public Internet Directory as part of the domain name registration process, which can be viewed by anyone at anytime at: https://www.whois.com/
You will find all of your registration information by looking up your domain name when your visit that site. Unfortunately, scammers often take this opportunity to obtain your information and try to tricks others into sending them money for services they either don’t need or don’t want. Feel free to contact our firstname.lastname@example.org to clarify if you have received any e-mails similar to this.
Most hosting companies, including Exabytes, will allow you to register your domain name “privately.” The registering company will, for a fee, provide alternate contact information for your listing in the WHOIS database. If you want to stop getting these scam emails, contact Exabytes to get Whois ID protection to stay protected.
When you add Whois ID Protection to your domains:
- No one will be able to search for your name, address, email or phone number through the WHOIS database except for us. That is because we have replaced your name and contact details with the Domain Privacy Protection Service’s contact information instead to provide you with the highest level of protection against identity theft and spammers.
- You may have taken your personal information out of the public WHOIS database but your domains are still 100% yours. You still control your domains and all email addresses attached to them as well as the right to sell, renew or transfer them.
- Don’t let spammers and telemarketers invade your privacy. With Whois ID Protection, the visible email address to public is constantly changing, so while it is being harvested and redistributed, it will change and the previous address will no longer work for spammers.
With all these, you’ll enjoy a peace of mind, knowing that your personal information isn’t easily accessible and displayed to the whole world.
Let us know if there’s anything we can help with your domain Whois ID protection. We are always be happy to help, so do feel free to drop by for a chat with us!