Dear Alexander, the macros on your domain spam aren’t working!

Dear Alexander,

I feel like I know you so much even though we’ve never met in person.

You’ve been such a helpful friend all these years.

You email me whenever a domain name similar to one I own is expiring and going up for auction.

Sure, you don’t actually own the domain name and will just put in a backorder if I “express an interest” in the domain name.

Yet keeping me informed about all of these domain names available at Domain Names International (DBA InTrust Domains) must be hard work, especially since you frequently move between Colorado Springs, Tennessee, and California. And your email address…it keeps changing every day! It must be so hard to keep up with things!

Yet I must say, I’m a bit confused about where you moved to most recently. Your email Friday said you lived in Chicago. But then your two emails this morning (thanks for following up to make sure I got the first one!) have an unusual address.

Dear Domain Owner,

I am a domain broker, working on the domain Since you have a domain much similar to this domain, I thought you might be interested in making an offer. I will be accepting offers for the next 5 days, and the domain will be awarded to the highest offer.

If you want to make an offer for this domain, you can do so here:


If you do not want more of these messages, please click the link above and follow instructions at the bottom of the page

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.

I haven’t heard of $crs#weekend_address. Is it some cool new city I haven’t hear of? I hope it’s driving distance from Chicago since you had to move over the weekend.

I also want to thank you for the thoughtful new quote you always include in your email messages to me. This recent one is perfect:

The guilty catch themselves.

Anyhow, gotta run. But thanks so much for your email!

Your good friend,


  1. says

    I love to get the emails from him as well. But the funny thing is Alex was the one who started it. And now it seems like everybody is doing it.

    I wish they would all just go away.

  2. Ron says

    Some indian spammers jumped on this bandwagon, going as far to offer, domains that had gone through the drop, and sitting unregistered.

    So one day, I register the domain via privacy, and then email him back offering to purchase it, he comes back, and asks me if I reg’d it, and asked for a finders fee, and of course I told him where to get his finders fee.

    End users have been turned off by the entire industry by these leeches, really hurts when you have a domain that will help their business, but they classify all domainers as the Alexander type.

    It is not hard to figure out the company behind Alexander, It is so hard to believe that nothing can be done to stop it.

  3. says

    Andrew – I do get about 50 emails a day from companies trying to get me to buy that awesome domain they have, because I have a domain that may have one letter that is similiar to their domain.

    It’s not just Alex. I’ve recently even seen a few large companies who are doing something similiar now. Obviously it must be working for somebody. :)

    I know my gmail filter loves Alex and all of his various addresses.

  4. Woodrow Pulp says

    Napoleon said “Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake”.

    It’s tempting to jeer at spammers when they screw up, but often it’s better to let them go on making the same error and wondering why they never get any responses. Some spammers I know have been sending broken messages for literally years, apparently without ever catching on.

  5. James says

    My favorite is the email that informs me of a .com domain name similar to mine that is available for purchase, only to discover that it is on pending delete. I buy it and then ask the “Alex” to go ahead with the deal and send me all the details of how to buy it from him. Ha!

  6. Kevin says

    If we all start always responding to these emails expressing interest, wasting their time, asking dumb questions like “how does this work?” and “is this a scam?”, and cost them a few bucks when they backorder…

    As someone said above, if the name may be of interest, buy it with privacy. Reply to the Contact expressing interest in it, giving a budget of “only $2700″ – when he purchases it from you for $1500 to resell it… Instant profit :-)

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