I just received an unsolicited commercial e-mail from a company named, ironically, PermissionEmailCorp.com. They did not receive my permission before sending me the e-mail. Their site states that they provide “choice / opt-out” for recipients. Funny, the spam message they sent me didn’t contain any such option.
Apparently they provide “free advertising for charities.” They also promise not to collect any customer information. Wow, how nice of them. But if they really cared about your charity, they wouldn’t use “third-parties” to “advertise and collect information about customers.” The company appears to be based out of China and related to AdvertisingEmailCorporation.com.
PermissionEmailCorp.com retrieved the e-mail address from my Godaddy account. Not from my public DNS who-is information, but from my GoDaddy account itself. GoDaddy needs to set-up their customer protection.
Update 13-March-2007: I started receiving e-mail messages to the address I use in my domain name whois information. Every domain has to have a contact e-mail address and it must be shared (unless your pay your registrar to make is private.) This is information is not allowed to be used for this purpose, but obviously this company is not playing by the rules. Once your e-mail address is out there for them to use, there is nothing you can do to get it hidden again. Either setup a spam filter or change your e-mail address (which may be found again.) Be careful about using a false e-mail address for your domain contact information. Your registrar may charge you an administrative fee if someone reports not being able to contact you because of that. To see you public whois information for your domain, try the Network Solutions Whois Lookup page.