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There is no way on earth that any company would think to register this .com, the name is too unique. Yet within two days of a company asking me to secure a .com for them, a bulk register has. How could someone working for a bulk register have determined that I was going to register this .com? It seems just impossible that its a coincidence, between the odd .com and the timing.
Clients often ask me to check if x, y or z domain is available. I then make a list of the domains they will accept in order of preference and buy the first one available on the spot.
This method ensures that you don't get pipped to the post. There are far too many "dodgy" whois services out there that will simply bulk-buy every name you enter.
By the way, I'm seeing quite a few people on various forums complaining about this practice but I've never once seen any verifiable evidence that this practice (scanning and registering whois searches) actually takes place.