New UK Domain Name Spammer SwitchAds.com (SwitchConcepts.co.uk and SwitchConcepts.com)

I got a spam email from SwitchAds.com yesterday for the 20th time so I decided to reply and ask them to unsubscribe me as they seemed like a real United Kingdom company. And they actually replied even though I didn’t like what they said.

The spam has an email called “Enquiry” and that is because it targets domain name owners after harvesting domain name whois records for email addresses.

Here is the body of the email I got from sarah.webb@switchads.com:

Hi,

I’m looking to get in touch with the person responsible for display advertising on ******.com, are you able to help?

We have created a really simple platform that works in partnership with your existing advertising solution (e.g. Google AdSense) to help websites like yours generate more revenue and we’ve got strong advertising demand in your sector right now. 

I’d love to discuss setting up a test with you to prove how good SwitchAds really is. Who’s the best person to talk to?

Kind regards,

Sarah Webb
Sales Manager

Switch Concepts Limited
Hounsdown House,
Hounsdown Business Park,
Southampton SO40 9LX
United Kingdom

M: +44 (0) 7585 118336
T: +44 (0) 333 200 1230
switchads.com

As there is no unsubscribe link on the email, I replied to them and I asked them to remove me from their mailing list and got this reply:

Please could you tell me which websites you own and I’ll add them to our block list?

I told them “I own 5000 domains. Put my email on your block list.” and they replied:

We’re currently designing a block list for email addresses, but can only block by website name at the moment. Please let me know which websites to block.

And here is my final reply before I got yet another spam email from them today:

“Get some zone files for all gTLDs and block all domains you find in there.

I am contacting your switchads.com domain name registrar Tucows/Hover, your ISP Orange Home Uk Plc and your web host Rackspace. And I will also contact Nominet about switchconcepts.co.uk.

Better start reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy_and_Electronic_Communications_%28EC_Directive%29_Regulations_2003
because one more email from you and I am suing you for £500,000.”

Never got a reply to this email.

The senders IP yesterday was 95.145.146.138:

United Kingdom England Manchester Orange Home Uk Plc

Today it was 54.87.82.131:

United States Virginia Ashburn Amazon Technologies Inc.

I guess they switched IPs today. It is easy for them as they are called “switch”.

I have contacted both their ISPs for spam abuse. Amazon replied to me that this IP is theirs and that they will investigate. That was within MINUTES from filling the spam report. Let’s see what happens.

Sold.Domains

About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

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