I received another one the other day (one of three or four I’ve gotten now). An email with the subject: “Please update your contact information.” Apparently this is some type of service being used (in this case) by a client.
I’ve received other requests from other “services.” I continue to trash them all. I don’t care if I do recognize the person using the service. Here’s why …
The email states:
I am using Zoovy, Inc.’s contact management system to update my contacts.
Please take a few moments to verify your personal information. If something is not listed or is incorrect, please click on the URL below to update your information.
It then shows a little box with personal and business addresses, personal and business telephone numbers, including cell, a fax number and three email addresses.
On mine, only one of the email addresses is filled in. A link is included where I should go to fill in the rest of the information.
Okay – who the hell is Zoovey, Inc.? I went to the link to see.
At the indicated link, I found nothing but a form for you to fill in all that information. PLUS more that wasn’t in the email, such as company name, job title, mobile phone number, web address and IM address.
Nothing too sinister about any of that except there was nothing else! Nothing! Nada! Just the bloody form!
I removed everything but the domain name from the link and went to the home page. There, I found nothing but a login form and the word “Webmail.”
So, detective that I am, I checked the domain name in the whois database. Found it registered at GoDaddy and the only registrant information showing is FuseMail, LLC – NOT Zoovey, Inc.
So, who the hell is FuseMail, LLC?
Now we have two company names requesting contact information through a web site that hides all its own contact information! I’m sure in a big hurry to give them mine. (Not on your life!!)
For all I know, this could be a real service. But, how would I know? And, even if all the company information was available to me, why would I give mine to them?
I’m certainly not going to hand it over to some anonymous company that may be, for all I know, be gathering large lists and selling them to spammers, telemarketers, or any other pond scum.
Anyone who wants my contact information can find it on my web site.
Have you gotten any of these? If so, BEWARE! DO NOT fill these things out. You are opening yourself up to nothing but T-R-O-U-B-L-E!