ARIN WHOIS for leads

Mark Gauvin MGauvin at
Thu Jul 25 23:30:38 UTC 2013

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On 2013-07-25, at 6:31 PM, "Otis L. Surratt, Jr." <otis at> wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Warren Bailey [mailto:wbailey at] 
> Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:20 PM
> To: Justin Vocke; nanog at
> Subject: RE: ARIN WHOIS for leads
>> Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of maintaining the whois?
> Yep!
>> We registered a few domains and get the same thing, I think it's
> something that people are going to have to live with. :/
> I agree. We just politely tell them we are not interested and move on
> about our day. Some cold callers we have taken up on offers. It just
> depends who calls and whether or not we are looking for new service.
> WHOIS Privacy is nice for the domains and we use for some of our domains
> but not all. We just hate when customers get those scam notices and call
> us or open tickets about it.
> Otis
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Justin Vocke <justin.vocke at>
> Date: 07/25/2013 4:04 PM (GMT-08:00)
> To: nanog at
> Subject: ARIN WHOIS for leads
> Sent this little e-mail to ARIN:
> I'm not sure that you guys can do anything about this, but it's worth
> looking into. I registered AS626XX a week ago, and since it's
> registration, I've been getting calls from "wholesale" carriers trying
> to get me to purchase IP transit from them. Someone is obviously using
> your database of contact information to generate sales leads.
> 512-377-6827 was one of the numbers trying to get more information about
> my network and how they could "help" me.
> My guess is someone is using your mass whois database, looking at the
> most recently issued/created AS numbers, and cold calling.
> Just thought I'd pass this along.
> ---------
> Due to the amount of calls I've received, I'm guessing its probably a
> good idea to remove my contact info from the registration and setup
> role's instead.
> Does this sorta thing happen frequently with new registrations or did I
> just draw the short straw?
> Best,
> Justin

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