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How do people get this information so fast?
How would I access this information that they appear to have access to?
what can I do to prevent this from happening again in the future?
ie. there's 5 - 7 days to confirm and pay for the domain otherwise it goes back into available status
If so then leave for a week and then check.. you may well find it is not regged like I did a couple of years ago in exactly the same boat.
Good luck - bl00dy scammers...
i have never heard of this registrar, but as soon as you create a DNS link, i guess it becomes available. Assuming it was not an "inside job" at the hosting company, an automated system could immediately grab the others.
i guess you could call this crime SCRAPE AND SQUAT
you surprised me ..IME they ( gandi) are normaly ultra ethical ..you can write to them in english ( they are fluent ) and ask WTH happened ..
Golden rule ..always reg all the domains you want when you want them ..take the "leak break" before you sit down in front of the screen ..and have your credit card charged and ready for as much as you might decide eventually to spend ..
Even so ..as with all registrars things can change for better or worse ..like all things ..I dont even trust myself sometimes ;) ..
I dont host with them ..goleden rule never host with your registrar for that name ..
My .fr domains are now registered with them ..I've not had any problems with them such as that described by the OP ..
But as always ..YMMV :)