mildlydisturbed (mildlydisturbed) wrote in bad_service,

Bad business practices

About a year ago I registered a domain name with - pretty much nothing ever happened with the domain, and this is not so much about Godaddy, but the businesses that troll domain registrations.

You have an option to blow $10 and get a private registration, but I didn't get it as the phone number listed is 1) on the natl do not call list, 2) a cell phone and therefor automatically not a number that companies are allowed to solicit.

My first call came 2 days after from a web firm offering to develop my domain, I asked if they were affiliated with, my credit card company at the time, sprint, or my bank. The guy asked why and when I told him that I was on the national do not call list and basically he had called a cell phone on the DNC without any affiliation with any company I do business with and was therefor in violation, he freaked. That was fun.

My second call came about a week later from someone who sounded like she was in trouble asking for, I thought, "Mildred Aderd or son" - nope, she was from a credit card company calling for a Mr. MildlyDisturbed (and I guess "or something" was the & son I heard. I was about to inform her what the situation was when someone else came on the line and tried getting me to give up information on the president of the company, and I asked if they were based in the US, they said no, I informed them the company did not exist.

3 weeks into the domain registration I started getting pre-aproved business credit cards for about $25K for MildlyDisturbed. I called up some company (don't know who it was anymore) and was told that no credit history was better than bad credit history in the business world. I did not take it.

At month #2 I got some stationary that had the domain name logo on it - wasn't bad, but I really had no use for it.

Month #4 I started getting the neat toys in the mail... squishy products and a pen with most of my handle on it "mildlydisturbe" (no D) - ah well.

Today we enter month 5, and Experion Business Solutions 866-660-6940 - evidently a lot of people get this. Much like the person in this link I explained that I was on the no-call list and the woman kept talking. I'll be reporting them today.

Anyway, these were all trollers of registrar information in violation of the contract terms that I signed up for. As with all WHOIS info, we have the following promise from the registrars

The data in this whois database is provided to you for information purposes only, that is, to assist you in obtaining information about or related to a domain name registration record. We make this information available “as is,” and do not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a whois query, you agree that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this data to:

(1) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that stress or load this whois database system providing you this information; or
(2) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via direct mail, electronic mail, or by telephone.

eh, that's about it. Just a lot of companies being dumb.
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