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<edit to clarify> eg. if my domain is www.mycompany.com the domains they are trynig to register are www.my-company-name-uk.com... www.mycompany-name-europe.co.uk (yes they really are this bad)
Apparently their 'legal' department noticed something suspect as the name trying to register the domains is not the same as the credit card holder. Hence they took the trouble to track down the contact details of the company to double check.
They went on to explain the domain names if registered by joe bloggs can be redirected anywhere, most likely to unsavory content.
They want £1200 to register these 12 domains! Obviously this is not going rate for domains - but truth be told I dont even want these domains they are pretty rubbish.
Can I publish the company name that are selling the domains please? I am 99% certain this is a scam
The website is not cached (at all) and I can not find any info related on google.....
[edited by: soxos at 9:59 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2008]
Either ignore it and your domains will probably not be registered or register them yourself elsewhere for a much lower fee if your really worried.
Definately a scam and I have had this before from a company claiming to be called the domain register of europe - do a google search for the company name they have given you and you should be able to turn up some useful info...
joined:Jan 27, 2003
One time, many years ago, one of these companies called me and said similar domains were being registered. While I played dumb on the phone, I was registering the domains and completed the registration before the end of the telephone call. LOL
If you really want those domains, register them yourself.
joined:Jan 27, 2003
Although, the possible permutations of company names in a domain are endless - you couldn't register them all even if you wanted to.
[edited by: soxos at 11:32 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2008]
the possible permutations of company names in a domain are endless
Yea, but good to start with the obvious ones: different tlds, hyphen separated, plural form, ...
There are a few banks I know of, which haven't really been bothered to register the .net and .info of their main sites.
[edited by: Masca at 11:27 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2008]
[edited by: Webwork at 11:32 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2008]
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Names change but M.O.s remain fairly constant. The minute the scammer's name is publicized a typical scammer will change their name and continue doing the same thing. Therefore, it's likely a bit more helpful in the long term to clarify and exemplify what the scammer is doing or how they are doing than it than it is to know their name.
Also, by policy WebmasterWorld shuns "naming names". We make rare exception for companies whose bad practices have reached the depth of bad and scale of impact that the company becomes the target of government or governing body investigation or prosecution, and news of such official intervention has reached the mainstream media.
[edited by: Webwork at 12:48 pm (utc) on Mar. 18, 2008]