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Domain Scam?

Am I being scammed by a domain registration company?

9:16 am on Oct 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just wondered what your opinions are on the following:

I had a phone call this morning by a company.

They said they were making a courtesy call to my company as a man had asked to register my company's domain names with the 'ltd' and the 'limited' tacked on the end of the normal company name.

I instantly thought this was a scam as I've had these sort of calls before. The idea being that the caller then goes on to offer you to buy the domains in question yourself at a high rate.

The woman calling me made a very convincing story about this 'man' who said he would not get in to trouble for registering them as he was only going to use them as re-directs.

I challenged her, told her I was in the business and said if he did that I'd simply take him to court, adding that I suspected that this was a scam call.

To be fair to her she made it sound plausible. She said that although the domains were ordered automatically, they always flag ones with 'ltd' or 'limited' to check that it is the company owner who is ordering them.

She didn't offer to sell them to me, but she might have thought better of it after finding out that I had some knowledge on the subject.

Needless to say, I advised her that I would not register them if I were her as I would take the new owner to court and it would reflect badly on her company.

What do you think? Scam or plausible?

[edited by: DavidKeffen at 9:17 am (utc) on Oct. 7, 2008]

[edited by: Webwork at 1:22 pm (utc) on Oct. 7, 2008]
[edit reason] Removed reference to company name [/edit]

9:57 am on Oct 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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scam ..scenario ( female contact from UK )has been the subject of previous posts in domain forum

[edited by: Leosghost at 9:57 am (utc) on Oct. 7, 2008]

10:15 am on Oct 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Found it. Sorry to clog things up with another of this type of post.

Moderators, feel free to delete. :)

8:31 am on Oct 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've notice this sort of thing is coming around again. The credit crunch has woken up a few of the con's. As always be wary of any direct calls from companies, most domain name resellers wouldnt give a monkeys whos buying a domain name