GoDaddy user reviews : Good idea to pay for GoDaddy?? Man Pretending To Be A Lawyer To Grab Domain Names Pleads Guilty

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Just read these from my mail: The things people do to try to get what they want.

Be aware, folks.....

Comments (14)

I knew that people like that must exist.

Even if you get threatening correspondence always check the credentials of the other party..

Comment #1

I always wonder about people - although Ive heard of people impersonating lawyers, this is the first case Ive heard where someone was prosecuted for it.


Comment #2

Shouldn't it be Philip instead since he tossed Jesse under the bus?.

Domain name-topic wise, one person at the top of my head charged for such.

Is none other than the thief himself...

Comment #3

I wonder how many domains he has cheated from others...

Comment #4

Bet he isn't the only one, thanks for the story ...

Comment #5

I think harsher punishments for white-collar crimes would certainly deter people. It's pretty crazy, but I always hear stories like these. Someone who gets arrested for breaking into someone's garage and making off with some power tools will probably do 3-5 years. While someone who embezzles millions, or defrauds others out of millions, will do probation - 6 months.

When you have the chance to make millions of dollars and the biggest consequence is getting probation to 6 months in prison, whats stopping you?..

Comment #6

Wow that sounds really incredible. Always check to make sure the perso who's threattening you actually is who they claim to be..

Comment #7

Dear Trademark Violator,.

You must turn over the domain name:.

Or no more toys in your happy meal!.

Please respond ASAP,.

Ronald Mcdonald..

Comment #8

That's horrible. It's extremely frightening to be threatened with legal action, especially if you don't have the time or money to deal with a lawsuit. These scam artists prey on individuals who feel they have no other choice but to surrender their property. It's disgusting...

Comment #9

I've read about some guy selling in auction and almost got away with it. Now someone impersonating a lawyer and trying to steal a domain is another story. Probation to 6 months in jail is simply not enough but I hope this will deter other scam-artists in the future...

Comment #10

Instead , I think this news will "create" more lawers..

Comment #11

I agree with you, there will be more so call "lawyers" - It is really important to verify the firm's existence and to be sure the lawyer actually exist...

Comment #12

Never thought this actually ever happened "for real" - always thought it was just crying wolf when people mentioned this as a possibility. Shows what I know!.

Thanks, Dave.


Comment #13

Most likely these things largely go unreported, much more having reached this.

Point. Thankfully at least this one has been finally reported.

Oh, and ask John B about one case he recently handled. It's worse than this...

Comment #14

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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