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China Registry scam continues to pester #domain holders for fake trademark applications

The China Registry scam has been ongoing for several years. Operating from the domain ChinaRegistry.com.cn and several others, this is an attempt by scammers in China to pay up for fake trademark applications. How does this scam from China work? Let’s begin with the email below, that urges us to send it to the CEO […]

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Feds seize “Fuel Filter Silencer” #domain LafoAuto.com

Federal agents have seized the domain LafoAuto.com, that sold “fuel filter silencer” products that are not registered with the National Firearms Registration bureau. So what are fuel filter silencers? These are homemade suppressors for firearm noise, using fuel filters.  They are manufactured and sold illegally and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has […]

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FTBAgency.com : Freedom to Breathe Agency site down after fake “mask exempt” cards exposé

The domain FTBAgency.com was registered on June 12, 2020 and it hosted content about how face masks are supposedly harmful to one’s health, and a violation of people’s rights. The so-called “Freedom to Breathe Agency” project shared a fake card claiming to give its bearer rights to not wear a mask when visiting various establishments. […]

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Feds take down CityXGuide.com and BodyRubShop.com in multi-million dollar sting

The Department of Homeland Security has shut down two domain names involved in an online prostitution ring. CityXGuide.com and .net, along with BodyRubShop.com bear the following image: According to the indictment, the web sites’ operator netted more than $21 million off a suite of illicit websites promoting prostitution and sex trafficking: Wilhan Martono, 46, was […]

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Who is this bastard spammer “Eric” from talkwithwebvisitor.com? Wake up, #Cloudflare and #Dynadot

A guy named “Eric Jones” is spamming emails taken from the WHOIS of domains, and also online contact forms. The domain used currently is talkwithwebvisitor.com that is registered with Dynadot and hiding behind the free reverse proxy services of Cloudflare. A typical email from these assholes looks like this: “Hello, my name’s Eric and I […]

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Poor.com just sold for only $1,200 at #NamePros but it’s definitely a scam

The aged domain Poor.com was listed for sale at NamePros, with a BIN of $1,200 dollars. Its seller, account “LookMan19,” listed the domain for sale for only 3 hours. Answering questions by NamePros members, he insisted the domain for sale is not an IDN, or anything other than Poor.com. Registered in 1995, Poor.com appears not […]

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The #domain Tobacco.com has been recovered

The domain name Tobacco.com has been recovered, and is no longer stolen. We received this notification from IP attorney, John Berryhill, who let us know of the domain’s updated status. Tobacco.com is now in the possession of its legitimate owner, Mr. Michael Fischer. The previous registrant agreed to return the domain, stating that they bought […]

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Tobacco.com has been stolen

The domain name Tobacco.com has been reported as stolen, and the current registrant is not the legitimate owner, Mr. Michael Fischer. Tobacco.com was unlawfully transferred away from its previous registrar, Network Solutions. The transfer to GoDaddy occurred in September or October 2019. Tobacco.com was subsequently moved to another registrar, Ionos.com. And an interesting tidbit: In […]

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Fake #Patagonia : How scammers use cheap #domains to spread #counterfeit products

Selling counterfeit products is easy-peasy, as long as your initial investment is low. Scammers achieve that by registering very cheap domains, and there are some TLDs notorious for their cheap promos. Quite often, some domain Registries partner with Registrars and discount domains in the sub $2 dollar range. How is profit made? From that arrangement, […]

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Fake #Sedo app on Google Play might steal your login credentials!

There’s a fake Sedo app on Google Play, and it’s NOT by Sedo. The app will most likely steal your legitimate Sedo.com credentials, or worse! The fake Sedo app for Android features a copycat layout of Sedo, the logo and tagline (“Buy.Park.Sell.Domains”) and its description is listed as: “domain listing and parking and buying website. […]

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EKT2.com #domain name was seized by the Department of Homeland Security

The domain EKT2.com has been seized by the US Department of Homeland Security. EKT is a Lebanese electronics firm involved in the unlawful exporting of US technology to Syria. “Pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 of June 28, 2005, “Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters.” These five entities and eight […]

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eBooks scam used dot .GOV #domains from Virginia state’s government

An elaborate eBooks scam utilized two subdomains of a dot .GOV domain belonging to the Virginia state government. The scammers infiltrated the subdomains vwn.virginia.gov and crc.virginia.gov, populating them with a list of eBook titles with links to download PDFs from other sites. The subdomains provided Virginia’s Workforce Network and Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) program […]

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