Yet Another Domain Registration Company Violating WHOIS Policy

On 2 June 2017, I received physical junk mail from yet another scammy domain seller. Apparently, (a.k.a., Internet Domain Name Serivces hopes that I’m stupid enough to believe that are some official domain registration organization and that I should pay them $45 per year to renew/extend one of my domains. The letter claims that I should reply by 31 July 2017, though the domain in question is valid until 25 September 2017.

Here we have another organization scamming folks and using WHOIS information in violation of the WHOIS policies.

This service is intended only for query-based access. You agree that you will use
this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use
this data to: (a) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail,
telephone, or facsimile of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations
to entities other than the data recipient's own existing customers . . .

The only way they could have connected my mailing address to the domain name is to use WHOIS.  I guess they hope I’m too dumb to know that I did not register my domain(s) with them.

To give an idea of the upstanding nature of this organization, here’s an excerpt from their WHOIS record:

stu@angus:~$ whois
Domain Name: IDNS.AG
Registry Domain ID: D105800000003060849-AGRS
Registrar WHOIS Server:
Registrar URL:
Updated Date: 2017-04-17T22:20:49Z
Creation Date: 2015-04-17T18:03:51Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2018-04-17T18:03:51Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date:
Registrar: NicAg Registrar
Registrar IANA ID: 800117
Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:

That’s right: no abuse contact information given.

Of course, this physical spam arrived on the day that I switched my WHOIS records to my P.O. Box, instead of the address.  Now I’ll be able to prove that future crap like this is from whois  Like the email address I use for WHOIS, this P.O. Box will only be used for my domain ICAN information.

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