Follow your own advice – Even as a spammer

I got the usual spam email for a newly registered domain that I got as a joke. I was sure that this wasn’t a serious inquiry but I opened the email anyway. It came from “TLD Availability” and it advised me to protect my branding by registered other available extensions.

By the way the domain is! It is the password used by Taco, a character in the FX tv series “The League”. You might remember Taco as he sold the for $250k.

This is the email:

Congratulations on your purchase of
We advise that you take an extra step in protecting your branding. This can be done by attaining more popular domain extentions (e.g. com, biz, org, net, us). We have processed your domain and have listed the available extentions.
You can view the list here:
We wish you best with your domain name. For questions regarding your domain and website contact us at
Rebekah Crowe

The domain name just redirects you (with an affiliate code) to a domain availability checker powered by Go Daddy. Sure, I will protect Taco and register all the available TLDs. Not!

The funny thing is that on the day I got the email they owned the domain and the .info. When I checked a few hours later someone who probably got this spam email had already registered and had parked it at Sedo! Then the spammer then registered the .org, .biz, .us and .co.

So the spammer didn’t follow her own advice and got screwed. Even as a spammer you need to have some sort of consistency.

And seriously, what is the point of making whois private on your first 2 domains, when you don’t make private the next 4 on other TLDs? That is plain stupid and a waste of money.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the blog in 2012.


  1. Hilarious! 😀 But seriously, if you have the .com the other TLDs don’t matter much, with few exceptions e.g. trademarked brands.

  2. Morning
    We live and learn guys! I’ve made that ‘private mistake’ as well. When someone is new to the domain gamble industry and sign up with one of ‘your’ not-so-favorit registrars (cute-race-car-girl). At the ‘register’…you know…between the magazines and the chewing gum they tell you that all is ok but you can’t ‘private’ a US domain. Now, picture this….we all hate getting back in line! If we knew then what we know now things would be different, righ?…right!

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