Text spam from 425-686-5062

I’m thinking text spammers are having more luck dangling Best Buy gift cards over Walmart gift cards as bait. Here’s yet another one…

“Your entry last month has WON! Goto http://www.bestbuy.com.pclm.biz/?claimid=212 and enter your Winning Code: ‘6655’ to claim your FREE $1,000 Bestbuy Giftcard!”

Don’t be fooled by the “www.bestbuy.com” in the URL: it’s actually a subdomain of “pclm.biz/.” A WHOIS look up reveals that pclm.biz is registered in the Bahamas…which, apparently, has become quite a haven for spammers. Here’s the WHOIS record:

Domain Name: PCLM.BIZ
Domain ID: D50029153-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: INTERNET.BS CORP.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 814
Registrar URL (registration services): www.internet.bs
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrant Name: Suspended Domain
Registrant Organization: Suspended by Registrar
Registrant Address1: 98 Hampshire Street
Registrant Address2: Suspended domain
Registrant City: Nassau
Registrant Postal Code: 4892
Registrant Country: Bahamas
Registrant Country Code: BS
Registrant Phone Number: +1.23456789
Registrant Email: [email protected]
Administrative Contact ID: INTETJ6J14RCN11L
Administrative Contact Name: Suspended Domain
Administrative Contact Organization: Suspended by Registrar
Administrative Contact Address1: 98 Hampshire Street
Administrative Contact Address2: Suspended domain
Administrative Contact City: Nassau
Administrative Contact Postal Code: 4892
Administrative Contact Country: Bahamas
Administrative Contact Country Code: BS
Administrative Contact Phone Number: +1.23456789
Administrative Contact Email: [email protected]
Billing Contact ID: INTEL265G713B6ZN
Billing Contact Name: Suspended Domain
Billing Contact Organization: Suspended by Registrar
Billing Contact Address1: 98 Hampshire Street
Billing Contact Address2: Suspended domain
Billing Contact City: Nassau
Billing Contact Postal Code: 4892
Billing Contact Country: Bahamas
Billing Contact Country Code: BS
Billing Contact Phone Number: +1.23456789
Billing Contact Email: suspended.do[email protected]
Technical Contact ID: INTECXD5ZBO7KBK5
Technical Contact Name: Suspended Domain
Technical Contact Organization: Suspended by Registrar
Technical Contact Address1: 98 Hampshire Street
Technical Contact Address2: Suspended domain
Technical Contact City: Nassau
Technical Contact Postal Code: 4892
Technical Contact Country: Bahamas
Technical Contact Country Code: BS
Technical Contact Phone Number: +1.23456789
Technical Contact Email: [email protected]
Created by Registrar: INTERNET.BS CORP.
Last Updated by Registrar: INTERNET.BS CORP.
Domain Registration Date: Mon May 21 11:27:11 GMT 2012
Domain Expiration Date: Mon May 20 23:59:59 GMT 2013
Domain Last Updated Date: Wed Dec 19 21:11:18 GMT 2012

NOTE: If you have an Android phone, the OS allows you to add phone numbers to a blacklist. When a call or text comes in from a blacklisted number, the phone gives the call a busy signal. Most text spam and telemarketer calls use auto dialers. When these auto dialers encounter a busy signal, they hang up and try to resend the message or re-dial, which puts them in an endless cycle. To blacklist phone numbers, go to Settings > Call > Call Rejection > Auto reject list. You can also add phone numbers to the Auto Reject List directly from your Call Log. Unfortunately, spam texters/telemarketers usually have hundreds of phone numbers, so it’s possible you may still receive more unwanted texts/calls from these same scumbags. My own call rejection list is extremely long… I’m hoping a feature similar to this will be added to the iPhone eventually. Be wary of ‘free’ smartphone apps that supposedly block calls…they might just do the opposite.