Now if they would only go after the companies that do the Mailers claiming your domain name is up shortly and time for a renewal (when in fact, it's a transfer they are trying to sell)...
Yeah the misleading ones that look like invoices would be a good place to start.
"Domain Registry of America" is among the worst offenders.
I think that is what he was doing, I have been sent those as well and they are very clearly BS..
At last some action is taken to those spammers ^^..
Any time I see the "Domain Registry of America" come in the mail, I throw it away. I don't even bother opening that junk...
I received few from them as well and was amazed how much they were asking..
On their fake invoice, I remember seeing tiny disclaimer that said something like "this is not a actual invoice"...
My favorite part of this? That the guy is now selling the domain he manipulated people to get money from. Choice Names Domains: Premium domain names for sale.
Anyone got $85,000 they want to shell out to get a domain that is hated by 15,000 people (at least)?..
I received one of these invoices by post from "Domain Renewal Group". Here is a screenshot: http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6729/scamdrg.jpg.
Here is my warning thread: http://www.namepros.com/warnings-and...n-renewal.html..
The letter states clearly that:.
- It is another registrar.
- You are under no obligation to transfer/renew your domain.
- That it is an offer and not a bill.
IANAL but I don't think the letter you received can be classified as a scam. Unethical, yeah... but not a scam...
I don't see where this is an illegal scam. Unethical and annoying but illegal? I don't see how. That letter reads pretty clear to me. So starting a website and offering a renewal service is a "ficticious entity" now? Since when?.
This guy is going to get off because imho he hasn't done anything wrong. I'd like too the indictment.
EDIT: Found this. http://www.justice.gov/usao/ut/press...indictment.pdf.
It appears he wasn't paying taxes and had shill mail boxes everywhere forwarding to his home address. That's not only really shady but is going to be viewed poorly by a jury. The money laundering charges might end up sticking. I predict he pleads out and gets 2-3 years for this...
This clearly shows how uneducated endusers are, when it comes to domain related issues...
Indeed. Amazing how he managed to pull that off, and that's inspite how.
The FTC investigated Domain Registry of America years back...
Wouldn't be surprised if Network Solutions weren't involved in instigating this, given that one of the domains he used was 'confusingly similar' and in their niche...