Spam Wars - on the trail of a serious spammer

Posted on Fri 19 May 2006 in Spam wars

I think I'm going to have to start a new category for these spam wars posts - there are getting to be so many!

Today I would like to report to you all a small success. Remember that domain that had it's address details hidden as it was registered to a non-trading individual who had opted out of displaying details in the registry? I spoke to nominet about that and they said if I could send them evidence that the domain was actually registered for a trading reason then they could 'correct' the opt out declaration and show the details (only non-trading individuals can opt out of the registry). I sent them a fax explaining the history of spam from this domain and extracts from my server log files and they agreed that the domain is really being used commercially. So here it
is, the owner of the spam sending domain is: [begin fanfare]

Domain name:

Tony Slater

Registrant type:
UK Individual

Registrant's address:
du-pont house
GH56 9JH

WAIT!!! STOP THE FANFARE!!! ... there's something fishy about that address. Like no street name... and I don't live far from Cranbrook and I happen to know that Cranbrook is in the TN postcodes, not GH. The Royal Mail website doesn't even recognise the GH postcode.

What next? Well, I've sent Nominet an email asking what to do when an address is false in the registry. I think I'll give company "T" another phone call as well. The man there admited sending us the spam though this domain, so perhaps he'll tell me who owns it (perhaps I'm giving the benefit of doubt to often, but hey, perhaps they could have accidentally registered the name with completely incorrect details......)