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On the site it says "Domain Support Group is a response center." What the heck is that? It's got links to all kinds of ICANN stuff, anyone know what this is? Is it affiliated with ICANN or some other domain name governing body?
joined:Oct 15, 2001
a support group for domain-name-buying addicts.
joined:Sept 20, 2000
Asked them who they were, what they wanted, and it's still unclear.
It seemed they were calling to provide the option of taking the .info version of a .com domain already owned, but they didn't seem to be a registrar.
So, it sounds to me like a telemarketer was trying to fast-talk you into registering the .info to match your domain name.
Congratulations on not falling for it.
DomainSupportGroup.net is doubtless a reseller for a registrar who doesn't know (or doesn't care) about the telemarketing angle. All the links to ICANN (on the DomainSupportGroup.net homepage) are just a cheap attempt to make themselves look official.
I've seen other telemarketers try this kind of scam before when I worked for a registrar. .info and .biz continue to bring out the worst in capitalists.
They don't even need a business deal with Verisign to pull this off: They just download the Zone File to get a list of potential targets, then have a script run WHOIS to get some phone numbers.
I hope I didn't hurt their feelings.
Wow, someone calling me to talk about domains. There is something I don't know a lot about. :)
I said, "yes, how can I help you. Oh, my dot info is available, What is a dot info?"
Reply, "well, you have the first right to register your dot info before someone else does."
me, "I do, wow. How much?"
reply, "It is only $35, but you have to register it quick. I will forward you to your account manager"
me, "Ok, that sounds good."
account manager, "Hello, I am ____, I will be be your account manager. I can register your dot info domain for you before someone else does. I just need your credit card."
me, "So you want to help me register ******.info?"
AC, "yes! .... wait, I am sorry but someone already owns it."
me, "But I thought I had first right on it"
AC, "I am sorry, I don't know we got your number." click!