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Private domain registration, scam possible?

 5:43 pm on Apr 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

If I register a domain and choose the private domain option, how can I - and other people as well - know that the domain is mine? In the WHOIS information I just see the name of the registrant. What if it registered the name on its name and is just cashing the fee every year from me?



 8:33 pm on Apr 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

if you own the domain I would assume you registered the domain and have an account with that register to view the acccount information.


 11:35 pm on Apr 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

Inside the account is everything ok. The question is, since the WHOIS information is set to private, did they register the domian in my name or their name?


 12:54 am on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

The rights to the domain name belong to the privacy service company - Not you!

You have a contract with the privacy service company to use their domain.


 1:59 am on Apr 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

There is certainly a potential for being scammed, as the whois data is the definitive resource for domain ownership, as gpmgroup above infers. The risk, however, is couterbalanced by the fact that the privacy provider's business model depends on retaining the trust, so no significant player in the market could risk attempting to take control of a client's domain. Let it expire, though, and you have a different issue entirely...

If you do go for a privacy service, read every word of the contract/terms of service first so you can determine exactly how your rights to the domain are affected.

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