Domain crime : .XYZ and .Online registries pull the plug on offending domains

Earlier this week, we reported on a number of new gTLD domains that were being used to facilitate tech support scams. Operating from India, the scammers used a number of mostly .XYZ and .Online domains to target their victims. The .XYZ Registry intervened quickly, terminating those offending domains, and several more. Per their abuse department: […]

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Premium three letter .com domain name, SOT.com, is no longer stolen

It’s great news for the Finnish owner of the premium three letter .com domain, SOT.com. The domain was stolen from Wille Kuutti’s Dotster account a few days ago, by a cybercriminal who has been involved in numerous domain thefts. Mr. Kuutti has confirmed that SOT.com is no longer stolen, as the gaining registrar, Nominalia, transferred […]

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Sedo removes stolen domain SOT.com from its marketplace

Sedo removed the stolen domain, SOT.com, from its marketplace, and terminated its auction. As we reported yesterday, the owner of SOT.com reached out to us with information about the domain’s unlawful transfer away from Dotster, to Spanish domain registrar, Nominalia; the owner is working on getting the domain back. According to our research, the domain […]

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Domain crime : SOT.com is a stolen domain name being auctioned at Sedo

The domain name SOT.com has been hijacked, and its legitimate owner notified us that it’s being auctioned off at Sedo. The current bid is $20,000 dollars. The cybercriminal selling off the domain has altered the email address of the legitimate owner, and added bogus information. From the looks of it, the thief appears to be […]

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Bitcoin crime : Scammer attempted to sell domains he doesn’t own

Despite positive vibes in the domain industry about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, they’re still being used to facilitate scams and other crime. A domain investor shared his plight on NamePros, about how he was scammed of 0.17 BTC (about $670 dollars) while trying to acquire the domain Kina.com. The seller, an individual from Turkey, claimed […]

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Sedo removes stolen domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its platform

Sedo removed the domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its selling platform, where they appeared with BIN prices between $20k and up to $28k. As we reported in the August domain theft report, OLP.com and FDE.com are stolen domains that belong to a portfolio of LLL .com’s that left the possession of their Japanese owner some […]

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New serial domain spammer : Registrationdomainsite.com registered at eNom

Another phuckstick spammer that mass-emails owners of newly registered domain names is Registrationdomainsite.com. The unscrupulous spammer scans the domain zone files, and emails the registrants with the following cookie cutter message: Congratulations on your domain [*].com ! The next step you can do for [*].com is to make sure it is listed in the search […]

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Caution : Domain owner impersonation might cost you

Domain cybercriminals attempt to steal domain names using a variety of cunning methods. Other than direct hacking of accounts, or spear-phishing techniques, social engineering is a common method. Calling up a domain registrar’s support department pretending they are the owner, or calling the domain owner pretending to be the domain registrar, is one such example. […]

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Warning : Phishing scam using a dot .PRO domain

There is an ongoing phishing scam via SMS, and they are using a dot .PRO domain name. While there are not many .PRO domains around, this one targets users via a text message related to their banking system, Bank of Montreal, BMO. We received this from a fellow domain investor in Canada; when visiting bmo.com.account-secure.helppro.pro […]

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No longer stolen : Domains 988.com and 864.com back with legitimate owners

The premium numeric domain 988.com is no longer stolen, as it has been returned to its legitimate owner, Mr. Luo. In June, we reported on the theft of 988.com that was facilitated using a number of persistent methods targeting the owner of this premium domain. At the time, the thief, made the mistake to announce […]

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Domain theft : Report of stolen domain names for August 2017

We’re rolling out a monthly list of domain names that remain stolen, based on previous documented incidents or other investigative reports. Domain theft is rampant, and scumbags who steal domain names often attempt to dispose of these assets quickly. Alternate methods involve the direct communication with buyers in private, often requiring payments in Bitcoin or […]

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HRI.com stolen : Randstad domain property turns up for sale at Flippa!

HRI.com, a domain registered in 1990 and a Randstad property, has miraculously turned up for sale at Flippa. The Thailand-located seller, whose account was registered with Flippa yesterday, is using the photo of a Siemens award recipient, Kensen Shi, for his profile. We’d like to believe, that an aged corporate LLL .com that has been […]

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