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  1. japansociology
    Member

    I received an email regarding my domain registration for the site robertmoorehead.org, which I registered with wordpress.com. Is this legit?

    I thought my registration was anonymous. Apparently I can still be reached via email at [email redacted].

    Here's the message I received:

    from: [email redacted]
    To: Robert Moorehead <my email address>
    Reply-To: [email redacted]
    FWD: RobertMoorehead.com is available. [[email redacted]] (FROM: [email redacted])

    Hello,

    I noticed you own the domain name RobertMoorehead.org. I thought you might be interested in purchasing RobertMoorehead.com.

    If you would like to buy RobertMoorehead.com for only $19.99, click here:
    http://www.securepaynet.net/domains/search.aspx?prog_id=493245&domainToCheck=RobertMoorehead&tld=..com

    It is unlikely that you will receive any emails from me in the future, but if you wish to ensure that you don't, please reply to this email.

    Regards,
    Stan Thomas

    The blog I need help with is japansociology.com.

  2. japansociology
    Member

    The email addresses were redacted, but the original message came from robertmoorehead.org[at]domainsbyproxy.com.

  3. Scam.

  4. SPAM! Mark it as spam so Akismet learns please.

  5. @japansociology
    The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Our reality is that over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam. Spam comes in waves. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam. Spammers are always trying to find new ways to get their links on our blogs.

    The worst of all spam containing malware and viruses is not sent to us. It's removed as it could bring down many blogs if opened.

    On the spam that Akismet catches it takes only seconds to click "empty spam" and you don't even have to click "empty spam" if you don't want to. Akismet will maintain comments it has caught for 15 days from the time they were received, and then it will delete the comment automatically.

    If you get spam that slips by Akismet then mark it as spam (do not delete it) and over time Akismet will learn it's spam.

    There is no such thing as eliminating all spam but Akismet works very well. For more information please take the time to read "5 things every blogger should know about spam" on this page Akismet: How it works http://akismet.com/how/

    Set up comment moderation if you have not already done so because allowing anonymous commenting is like putting out the welcome mat for spammers. This page > Settings > Discussion is where you set up defaults for comments. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    Comment moderation http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

    Discussion Settings
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    _Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
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  6. japansociology
    Member

    thank you for the replies. the message came through my email, and not through the wordpress site, so i'm not sure how i could mark it so akismet could catch it. is there a way?

    i was surprised that my 'anonymous' site registration still lets people/spambots email me by providing them an email address that gets routed through domainname[at]domainsbyproxy.com.

    It turns out this spambot merely tried to sell me a domain name that was similar to the one I already owned. The .com domain had been registered by someone else until just recently (as my last checking just a few weeks ago, it was not available). The .com domain became available, and they wanted me to register it through their spam-laden site. I registered it through wordpress.com instead.

    thank you again.

  7. thank you for the replies. the message came through my email, and not through the wordpress site, so i'm not sure how i could mark it so akismet could catch it. is there a way?

    You can mark it as spam in your email client.

  8. The internet requires domain name holders to be able to be reached - domains by proxy gets between you and the public - but anyone can still send you a message - the message comes through the privacy proxy so the sender ever sees your email or postal address -

    I think what they did was probably illegal based on the last time I read most of the whois terms of service - I had some slime balls send me two messages a day for some time, wanting to sell me a domain name close to mine

  9. I had emails sent to me at my personal email address by some slimeballs to trying to get me to transfer my domain registration.

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