Edit: Rob Monster has so nicely pointed out he only bought the REGISTRAR portion of DNI and has nothing to do with the emails. They are completely separate. I was confused because they share the same name. They were once the same but are now split into multiple divisions. I apologize. The article below has been modified to reflect this.
It has gotten absolutely ridiculous. It started as a few emails, then grew to 5-10 a day and today was the final straw when they called me today at work. Epik owns Intrust Domains and the registrar part Domain Names International. Epik does not own the email part of the company and only bought the registrar but I would like to point out that the company sending out all the spam is anyone their business’ name. Here is the email I received today. It’s a little different than the last 20 I’ve received regarding the domain that is similar to the domain I own
I know not all domains are worth $297.00. I wanted to give you instructions on how to make an offer on www.BLOGBOOSTERS.COM. I am paid salary, not commission so I will do my best to get it approved.
You can make an offer either way that is easiest for you.
1) Reply to this email with your offer amount. I will reply as quickly as possible.
2) For an immediate answer, call me at 303-800-0310 or Click Here To Chat
I look forward to hearing from you!
Domain Names International
11605 Meridian Market View #124-134
Falcon, CO 80831, USA
The blog Quality Nonsense does a pretty good job pointing out the relationship between all the companies using the mailing address as the common denominator. And from the looks of it the address is a UPS store box, not even a real office. Calling it a scam would be incorrect but I think I have a legal case in calling it spam. I have no previous relationship with the company and there is no unsubscribe or mention of the ability to cancel the emails. I’m no lawyer and I hate ambulance chasers but to me it appears like a fantastic class action case of spam.
The final straw was today’s phone call to my work. It is the first spam call I’ve ever received regarding domains. I get people calling me a few times a month to buy domains but never to sell to me. I admit, I too, will solicit companies and offer them similar domains to their current domain or perhaps what I deem an upgrade, but mine is a simple email and perhaps one follow up email. If I don’t hear back I consider it a closed door. DMI or Intrust keeps the emails rolling for weeks on end. I even asked them to take me off the list and they still keep coming. It’s not their business model that is wrong. Emailing customers about possible domain names is commonplace, it’s the continuous bombardment of repetitive emails. The business strategy of these three companies is a black mark on our industry and they need to be stopped one way or another.