FTC Issues Warning About Purported 'National Do No E-Mail Registry'

If you are an American who has submitted your e-mail address to a ‘National Do Not E-mail Registry’ that promises to reduce the amount of spam (unsolicited commercial e-mail) you receive, then you may be the victim of a scam, said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

On Thursday, the FTC issued a warning that unsub.us, a site that had a graphical resemblance to the FTC’s own donotcall.gov national ‘Do Not Call’ anti-telemarketing registry, might be a fraud.

The next day, the anonymous owner of unsub.us revised his site’s design and added a disclaimer that the site was privately operated and was helping direct marketers, according to DMNews, the trade journal of the direct marketing industry. Unsub.us was registered on January 18 by someone in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and hosted by Network Solutions. The director of policy at Network Solution told DMNews that the hosting company had been informed of the FTC’s warning and was investigating its client site’s conduct. Unsub.us today appears to have been taken offline.