Last week I registered two .COM domains at GoDaddy WITHOUT privacy protection (let's call these X.com and Y.com). I'm well aware that my email ID and phone no. will be visible to the entire world. These domains don't have websites yet.
I also have domains registered at Bigrock and Znetlive (we'll call them A.com and B.com) for more than 3 years WITHOUT any privacy protection and these websites get around 1K hits per day.
Within 24hours of registering domains at GoDaddy I started receiving emails from several "Web Development" companies with various proposals for designing these newly registered domains (They mentioned a line saying "Congrats on your purchase of Y.com").
Now I don't mind ads flooding my mailbox but today I received a call from a web development company (which is totally unrelated to GoDaddy) and the caller asked if they could design X.com!!!!
I understand that all my information is available to the public but why didn't I receive single promotional email/call for A.com or B.com? These domains have existed for several years with the same Whois info.
Is it possible to query the Whois database for newly registered domain names?
Are there incidents of domain registrars selling Whois info to cover the cost of enormous discounts offered on domain names?
You can enter into a zone file agreement with the Registries and optain a daily copy of the entire gTLD Zonefiles by FTP. Going from there it is quite easy to make a diff and find out the new domains. It is of couse prohibited to use this data for promotional purposes by these agreements. But from my standing that would be the only possibility where the information could have leaked. I doubt GoDaddy is selling customer data to shady webdevelopment companies.
Maybe those scamers wheren't around when you registered with A and B and only do target the new domains.
It seems that these web dev companies have used dailychanges.com to get their hands on the WHOIS info.
When I registered X.com I immediately changed the nameservers. But with Y.com I did that only a day after registration.
Today on dailychanges.com I searched for "New Domains" with the NS as domaincontrol.com on the date I bought these names and found only Y.com listed.
So I guess this explains the reason why I got more emails about Y.com. From the GoDaddy control panel I've created a "preset profile" with lesser know NS. So when I buy domains in the future they'll be mapped to these instead of the default GoDaddy NS which is a target for these spammers.