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Avoid This Domain Parking Scam

December 27, 2010domain scams, Domaining, Domainnamewire, UncategorizedComments Off on Avoid This Domain Parking Scam

A domain parking scam to avoid at all costs.

Over the past year several Domain Name Wire readers have forwarded emails to me from someone promising to boost revenues to parked domains that didn’t receive any traffic.

I received one such email on Christmas with the title “Merry Christmas to domainer!”

The email promised:

without any extra cost needed and no complicated development work, we can help you increase your no-traffic and non-earning parked domains. In some cases, by using our exclusive and proven techniques, revenue can grow by 5000%+

So how do they do this? They pump traffic to your parked domains. In 99% of circumstances, this is against your parking company’s terms and conditions. Odds are you won’t get paid out by your parking provider.

Whenever someone pitches you something too good to be true, just hit the delete button.

Does this sound too good to be true?

With our service, You can earn hundreds if not thousands of US dollars per day with only 150 No-traffic and useless domains! If we fail to increase your earnings, we will pay you $1000.

I played along with one of these emails, and was told that if I opened an account at HotKeys and parked my domains there I could earn $800 a day.


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Domain Renewal Scam is Back

November 5, 2009Domain Registrars, domain scams, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Domain Renewal Scam is Back

Domain name renewal scam resurfaces.

A domain renewal “scam” that I first wrote about in 2007 has surfaced again.

The e-mail scam comes from an outfit calling itself ISP renewal aka Domain Renewal, and informs you that your domain name is expiring. The company misleads domain registrants to think they need to renew their domain through ISP renewal, but the fine print says that “Domain Renewal monitors domain names and renews your domain names through your existing Internet service provider.”

A link in the email forwards you to a payment page at DomainRenewal-Online.org offering renewal for $79.95. The page includes logos of major internet companies including Cisco, IBM, and Oracle.

Apparently I’m not the only one getting these scam emails today.


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ICANN Wants to Trap WHOIS Abusers for Study

September 28, 2009domain scams, Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, Policy & Law, spam, whoisComments Off on ICANN Wants to Trap WHOIS Abusers for Study

Group sends our RFP for whois abuse study.

ICANN, through Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), is seeking proposals from qualified companies to study whois abuse. One of its proposed mechanisms for studying abuse is to set up a number of test domain names to see what happens to the whois data created for them.

A similar study (pdf) was conducted in 2007, but only to research whois harvesting for spam. In the new study, GNSO will also check for postal/phone solicitations, phishing, and identity theft.

A number of scams are perpetrated using e-mail addresses harvested from whois. Two popular ones are the renewal scam — which seeks to get you to transfer your domain to another registrar — and the domain appraisal scam. Whois data is also used for marketing. Even large companies have used whois data for marketing in the past; I once received a mailing from Yahoo addressed using whois contact information.

I have long proposed having a registry, or even ICANN-level domain masking service. This would mask all registration email addresses as domain.tld@verisign.com or similar, and would forward all mail to the domain owner. This would allow the registry or ICANN to shut down scams. (Although this probably isn’t a responsibility they’d like). Doing this would require a thick-whois model.

More information on ICANN’s RFP is here.


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