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From Monkey.com to M0nk3y.com after defaulting on Escrow payments

The highly publicized sale of the domain, Monkey.com, was a lease-to-own transaction, that ended with the defaulting of the buyer on payments.

Monkey.com, a domain registered in 1994 by its current owner, MonkeyMedia, is back in the possession of its original registrant; a company called Monkey Capital failed to make monthly installments via Escrow.com, being late repeatedly.

The $500,000 dollar “sale” of Monkey.com thus generated a small revenue for its owner, and using Escrow.com demonstrates how such defaulting risk is avoided.

After defaulting on the Monkey.com payments, the Monkey Capital folks moved to M0nk3y.com, a domain that was acquired from HugeDomains in early November or late October.


The pricing pattern of HugeDomains would indicate that it was sold for between $2000 – $3000 dollars.

The company went from a clean cut dictionary .com, to one with a “1337 h4xx0r” spelling; the “elite hacker” lingo of computer geeks.

If you’re not sure how “M0nk3y” is spelled: Instead of the letter “O” there is a zero, and the letter “E” is represented by the number three.

They also registered the following new gTLD domains, spelling out “monkey” the proper way:


Currently, all of them forward to M0nk3y.com. The disclaimer at the bottom of the pages still indicates that the web site is Monkey.com.

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8 Responses to “From Monkey.com to M0nk3y.com after defaulting on Escrow payments”
  1. Don W. says:

    No chance someone will type that in wrong.

  2. Dn Ebook says:

    That’s Bananas

  3. Talk about desperate.

  4. chat.m0nk3y.com/home has a “return home” link to the wrong domain name…

  5. James says:

    Defaulting on a sale is a terrible look for a company in the financial arena. Not the best PR to start off with.

  6. Mohammed Hamzat says:

    Daniel Harrison is a scammer yet to be exposed in the Crypto-world. His project keep shifting ground like a nomad.

  7. Jeroen says:

    Daniel Harrison left this domain in a tainted state from running his ICO scam. Google remembers everything. I wonder if it will ever be sold for this price again.

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