Over the years, I have had several people ask me to let them have an email address on a domain name I own. Some people like having an email address from a particular domain name because it’s a novelty and others want to have firstname.lastname@example.org because the something is related to their profession or personal interests. I have never offered an email service and I have no interest in offering it for many reasons.
Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call and text messages from someone who apparently received an email that looked like it came from one of my domain names. Someone harassed her from a made up email address, and she asked me for information about the email address because she saw that I own the domain name. Obviously (from my perspective) the email was spoofed, but it was quite disturbing to hear that someone chose one of my domain names to use for this.
Luckily, this seems to be an isolated case rather than someone using a domain name to run a large scam or spam campaign, but it is still something domain owners should know is possible. If a domain owner offers email service from their domain names, this can be even more problematic and require legal intervention.
When you have good domain names, especially domain names that sound “official,” there could be people out there pretending to be affiliated with the domain name or website. In fact, Uniregistry Market even has a canned response for domain owners who receive inquiries from people who believe they received spam from a parked domain name:
“If you received a spam email which you believe came from one of our website addresses, you must understand that identifying information in email is easily forged by spammers. We do not send email from any of our website addresses. In fact, since we only use these website address for providing web pages, we work with a leading spam detection organization to collect and forward email to them for spam identification, because there should be no reason why anyone is sending email to our website addresses.”
When you have desirable domain names, there could be people who use them to send spam, scam, or harass others.