I'm receiving non Stop sales calls after buying a Domain...

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So yesterday I bought a new domain from GoDaddy... and suddenly all through the night my phone would just keep ringing and ringing non stop!

I'm not exaggerating. Day light came and my phone kept blowing up. All the calls were from "companies" wanting to help "develop" my domain name, and others to help me market my business.

What gives?

I don't wanna pay the $20 dollars to have my domain unlisted. I went back to GoDaddy and wrote in a wrong phone number.... but I think it's kinda late for that now.

Any advice on how I can sleep at night? I need to have my phone on because of work.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaond
    Yeah man, this sucks balls. If you put in real whois data, your going to be on the arse end of a lot of cold emails & calls...

    Only way to get rid of these annoying calls is to pony up for whois privacy. I know because we've sometimes used whois data ourselves to run cold email campaigns (sorry!).

    Or use a registrar that provides privacy by default next time...
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    why did you use your own phone number

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    agmccall,

    I have received some emails from GoDaddy in which they told me that if I did not keep my info current they could just take my domain without warning

    Not sure to what degree this is true. I do want to give them my real address but but now I"m gonna have to risk it and give them a fake number.
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  • Profile picture of the author Omarkenawy
    I think GoDaddy is responsible to cause this problem. You may able to contact costumer support to explain the issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I would definitely call GD to complain and ask what is going on. Sounds like new domain registrations are being either sold to or harvested by a third party...unless GD is pushing it's own programs.

    Turn the phone off at night and in the daytime hang up on the promotional calls...eventually they will give up.
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    • Profile picture of the author PBScott
      Next time pay for the privacy option, though it still goes out to some degree. Just wait till you have the e-mail set up and you get 5 SEO people contacting you per day...even from a nofollow page, with an obfuscated e-mail address... constant pain. I report them all...it is unsolicited.

      I am pretty sure the whois websites are scraped by marketing bots, then put in a database for a call center. Some of them offer a list of new registrations.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    That's bad. I have been with Godaddy for years and never had this problem. Keep my fingers crossed


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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    If you're only being called by contacts (ie people whose numbers are stored in your phone), you could turn on Do-Not-Disturb or the equivalent for your phone. I'll simply block all other callers. It's not the perfect solution, but might be worth trying out for a while if you can. Perhaps this wave will dwindle down in time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I have a $10 TracFone I got at Wal-mart. It's pay-as-you-go. I never turn it on unless I have to verify something.

    I use it the same as my "burn" email addy.
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  • Profile picture of the author janbjorkman
    I get these all the time when my clients and my own domain names come up for renewal. They just go search all of the data from every domain name they can with whois and put it all in a database somewhere and do cold calls and mailings, emailings, etc. It's super annoying. The one company who used to actually send me real mail was super polite when I called them and asked to remove my address from their database because I wouldn't ever use their services and it was just a waste of money for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    I get the same treatment these days whenever I register a new domain name. It's not Godaddy that's responsible. It's those spammers that use scrapers and software to alert them (via the Whois) when new names are registered. I get logo designers, web site developers, SEO firms, and marketing agencies calling and emailing to offer their services for my new domain.

    I simply tell them I have no interest - that I do my own development and marketing.

    I think simply activating a "privacy service" for the whois would take care of most of these issues. That way, you can still give your registrar the "truthful" contact info they need on file.

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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Yeah, I've had this problem with GoDaddy before, I try to always use private whois for this and many other reasons.
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  • Profile picture of the author risgirly
    As Steve B said, activating "privacy service" for the whois would take care of most of these issues. That's why I prefer using Namecheap, they offer free privacy for the first year and cheaper afterwards.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Hi Chris:

    This technique helped me. Back in the 80's I got an expensive cell phone and stock brokers started calling me up. It was 60 cents per minute and a $2 minimum. People at my worked complained that I was always on my cellular telephone and not working any. OK, so I some got help from my cell phone company. They agreed to reverse the charges to the pesky sales reps. Well, you will not believe how quickly they stopped calling me up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    Get your next domain at Namecheap and get whois privacy protection free for the first year. It is also free for the first year for transfers. When you do eventually pay for it I think it is a very inexpensive way to prevent the scrapers/solicitors.

    Side note: Whois data never used to populate within hours like you are describing. Maybe it gets entered in real time or close to it now? Could you actually see the Whois data that fast yourself? Otherwise it may be that GD is quickly selling the info to vendors. I wouldn't put it past them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    I agree with those who recommend Namecheap and getting the first year's privacy for free.

    Also - and I know it's not my business to advise you on your job - but unless you're the CEO or you really enjoy your work, I don't know why you'd accept having to keep your phone switched on at night.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdallen
    I have a few accounts for name hosting. I thought namecheap came with a private whois.. not sure because I have done several companies. I got calls and mail from 1and1... I usually just turn my phone off when I sleep and tell my phone to autoreject sales numbers as they come in
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelhart
    There is an app called True Caller. It is excellent at blocking spam numbers. A lot of people who receive calls from Spam Numbers can collectively automatically block a number that spams as many people may have labelled it as a spam number.

    Alternatively, you can block the number yourself in the True Caller app. This is not a sale post, this is an app i use all the time, as i have in the past signed up for forex trading accounts, and their customer service spammed me all the time.

    So i started looking for a way to block out their annoying calls. The app also has an auto-reject/block function, which i quite enjoy using =)

    Hope this helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    Thanks for all the great tips, I will definitely read this thread a few times and follow up and take action on a few things. ; )

    And here is an update.... now it's not even just calls for marketing services, the latest one was to answer a "radio trivial question" to win free Bahama cruise tickets lol. There is some serious scrapping of new domain buyer's info here, or someone is selling my info.

    I have bough dozens of domains and never had it this bad before. Anyways, thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I have about 5 active domains and nobody called me. I paid the extra price and had everything privatized.
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  • Profile picture of the author topfan20
    I thinks domain registration company do this to have you pay and upgrade to privacy listing which is on going payment every year.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
    Get yourself a free google voice phone number and use that number whenever you purchase a new domain. Set the number to voice mail. Record a short greeting "Hi this is "So and So" please record your message and I'll ring you back. Google will record and transcribe all messages and the phone number each message came from and email each message to you. Problem solved.
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    • Profile picture of the author GlobalTrader
      Originally Posted by SteveSki View Post

      Get yourself a free google voice phone number and use that number whenever you purchase a new domain. Set the number to voice mail. Record a short greeting "Hi this is "So and So" please record your message and I'll ring you back. Google will record and transcribe all messages and the phone number each message came from and email each message to you. Problem solved.
      I was going to suggest this as well - why pay for something when Google offers it for free.

      One additional thought about using your free google phone - I login to my account periodically and review the log of the calls received, you can then place a permanent block on the phone numbers that you know to be spam or unknown hangups - this will lower the number of transcribed spam call emails from the google phone system and over time eliminate many or most of the spam callers.
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  • Profile picture of the author pauloadaoag
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    Well that sucks. That is not cool on GoDaddy's part. I'm echoing the sentiment of risgirly and Janice Sperry use namecheap instead. All the domains I buy, I get through them.
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    • Profile picture of the author risgirly
      Originally Posted by pauloadaoag View Post

      Well that sucks. That is not cool on GoDaddy's part. I'm echoing the sentiment of risgirly and Janice Sperry use namecheap instead. All the domains I buy, I get through them.
      Thanks for the mention
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    This issues also happen to me. When I bought a domain from Godaddy, I usually start receiving these type of calls and SMS on my phone. I think they sale customer data to the third parties.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I bought a domain from GoDaddy last month then got dozens of spammy emails offering web design services. Thankfully GMail filters them out but it would suck to get spammy phone calls as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author abhayhendre
    Why do you use godaddy? It's like one of the worst companies out there, when it comes to websites and hosting. I know they offer cheap prices for the 1st year, but that's it. There is nothing else that they do better than other companies like bluehost or hostgator.

    Anyway, back to your question, you can use Truecaller App to automatically block most of such spam calls.
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    • Profile picture of the author pawandave
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      This is not your single story, i think every domain buyer suffer from this. I don't care it anymore, if you find any solution , please inform me..

      Another straight way is to make domain private but not possible with professional having 100 or more domain
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  • Profile picture of the author misterkailo
    wow.. I get some from time to time but not as bad as what OP is saying
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  • Profile picture of the author timokeefe
    Similarly to what Seobro suggested with reversing the charges, it'd be fun to put in a premium number where the callers have to pay to call you. Someone even did it to Microsoft, Google, Instagram, and others.
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  • Profile picture of the author matteomatt
    These fukkin *******s! I was wondering when somebody else would complain about this.

    I didn't use Godaddy, but have registered at least 10 domains in the last few months, and get calls all the time. First of all they spoof U.S. area codes, if it was 1-800 I would ignore it. The actual companies are always located in India though.

    I also was jobless expecting job interview phone calls, and was willing to answer it even if it was a small chance.

    I pretty much always knew what I would hear on the other line. Almost always a thick indian accent. Not that it matters much but for me that actually made it scammier. Most of the time I will let them give their 20 second pitch, then tell them I already do the same thing but better, then they shut down.

    I remember sometimes I could tell how nervous / uninformed they were. Another time the guy's accent was so hard to understand that I actually kept asking him to repeat himself and still could not hear what he was pitching, even though I knew it was the same BS. He hung up after 2 or 3 failed attempts to convey his message.

    The best is half the time they say "There is no website listed at youdomainname.com". And I will be like, "Oh really well according to my face its active im starting at it".

    The calls come in waves, and seem to be low now. They really pissed me off for a bit, because of how distracting it was for work, and yes I am not able to buy private whois yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rahman Colson
    Let this be a learning experience going forward. Marketing is everywhere, and at the same time, don't complain so much, because one day when your site is up and running...you will be marketing too!
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
      Originally Posted by Rahman Colson View Post

      Let this be a learning experience going forward. Marketing is everywhere, and at the same time, don't complain so much, because one day when your site is up and running...you will be marketing too!
      What in the bloody world are you talking about?

      "marketing is everywhere" well yeah, that's quite obvious.

      "you will be marketing too." Let me give you some understanding... I WILL NEVER spam people to this degree - or even close. I have more sense than that and follow email optin guidelines against spamming. If you do, that's your thing. I am here for the long run and to truly help people - not annoy them while I"m "churning and burning"

      I won't even deal with places that send cheap traffic. You know, those sites that people go and get a penny or get credits if they click to your site.

      Like I told one of the spammers over the phone - there are much better ways, and easier ways to make money than to spam people. She quickly hung up.

      This is the difference in mindset between making a few pennies, and growing a fully fledge business that you can benefit from for years to come. It's your decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author dburk
    Hi Chris,

    Here's the perfect solution for you, just grab this robot software that you transfer your calls to and it ties up the telemarketer for as long as possible until they finally figure out that they are talking to a robot.

    Check it out:

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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
      Originally Posted by dburk View Post

      Hi Chris,

      Here's the perfect solution for you, just grab this robot software that you transfer your calls to and it ties up the telemarketer for as long as possible until they finally figure out that they are talking to a robot.

      Check it out:

      Telemarketing robot - solar pitch - YouTube

      Haha, this is awesome. I will definitely follow up on all the tips given on this page, specially this one. Again, thanks everyone, I'm learning a lot from this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author chemo38
    For FREE phone number verification, go get "Groove IP" app from Google Play Store. You can set it up in less than one minute. After your number is verified, simply delete the number and no more SPAM.

    You can use this app for UNLIMITED U.S. phone numbers.

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