The domain name Emulate.com has been reported as stolen from its owners, Dave Neyland and wife Susan Neyland.
A computer programmer, Mr. Neyland registered Emulate.com in 1998 and moved it to GoDaddy two years ago. Prior to the theft, the domain had been renewed until 2018.
Emulate.com was unlawfully transferred away from GoDaddy on 10/13/2015, but was stolen a whole month earlier, approximately on 9/17/2015.
Mr. Neyland then notified GoDaddy about the unlawful transfer of Emulate.com away from his account:
“You appear to have performed an UNAUTHORIZED TRANSFER of our domain name emulate.com from Godaddy.com to TLD REGISTRAR SOLUTIONS LTD effective 10/13/2015.
We do not understand how this is possible, as we DID NOT AUTHORIZE any changes to the domain name registrant or registrar.”
Although Emulate.com is currently under protected WHOIS, the thief used the following contact information prior to transferring the domain away from GoDaddy:
Registrant Name: Jay Mays
Registrant Organization: Jay and may
Registrant Street: 585 210
Registrant City: san jose
Registrant State/Province: California
Registrant Postal Code: 95051
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Phone: +1.9165852419
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This information, naturally, is bogus.
Aside from beginning the process of reversing this unlawful transfer of the stolen domain Emulate.com with GoDaddy, Mr. Neyland has reported the theft to the Internet Cyber Crimes unit of the FBI.
If you are approached with an offer to buy Emulate.com, keep in mind that it is a stolen domain name.
Domain theft incidents have increased in recent years, and enabling two-factor authentication with your domain registrar is a must these days.
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