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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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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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#Domain crime : Criminals stopped by Homeland Security in #Coronavirus sting

In the old days, before your grandma learned how to use Zoom, the original thought crime was the escort sting. An unassuming driver pulls up to a street corner, asks a nearby woman for a “date,” and within seconds, the driver is arrested, the car impounded, and a serious fine is imposed. No physical crime […]

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A bunch of seized #domains are now being monetized via PPC!

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations, along with Europol, seized several domain names in 2017. These domains were used to solicit the sale of unlicensed pharmaceuticals, among other violations. It seems that a lot of these domains are now monetized, on what appears to be a Czech server. The WHOIS information does not indicate that […]

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Auction for WTL.com ends at $15,300 but is this LLL #domain name stolen?

The auction for WTL.com ended at an eye-watering $15,300 dollars at DropCatch today. As we pointed out, the domain was listed in auction by a private seller – it was not a drop. Before the auction closed, we received notification that the domain WTL.com is most likely a stolen asset. The information came from established […]

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Escrow.com report on unscrupulous web sites selling #Covid19 contraband

Escrow.com has compiled an extensive report on unscrupulous web sites defrauding consumers due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The report, titled “Fake Websites Selling Coronavirus Masks Are Scamming Organizations out of Millions” describes the issue: An investigation by Escrow.com, the world’s most secure payment method from a counterparty risk perspective, has found a surge of unscrupulous […]

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#Domain crime : CoronaVirusMedicalKit.com got shut down

The Department of Justice has ordered the domain CoronaVirusMedicalKit.com to be shut down. This direct order was highly justified, as the fraudulent content alleged the following: “Due to the recent outbreak for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the World Health Organization is giving away vaccine kits. Just pay $4.95 for shipping.” The domain’s Registrar, NameCheap, was ordered […]

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Phishing scam uses #Palestinian domain name http.PS

The latest in a series of phishing scams uses a domain from the Palestinian ccTLD, dot .PS. The domain http.PS is embedded in a link to hide the actual domain and make it look like a typical web prefix, such as “https.” The threat actors are taking advantage of the fact that since Google Chrome […]

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#Domain crime : Shark Tank investor Barbara Corcoran lost $380k thanks to a typo-domain scam

Sharks took Barbara Corcoran‘s money, to the tune of $388,000 dollars, using a typo-domain registered that same day. The domain BarbaraCorcran.com was registered on February 21 at Wild West Domains, via the Microsoft Office 365 platform and never had a web site resolving, as its primary use was email. The scammers impersonated an assistant to […]

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Domain crime : FBI seizes aged #domain #Pornstars .net and more than 380 others in sting operation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has seized almost 390 domains breaking the law; among them is the domain Pornstars.net that was registered in 1997. The domain keywords of these domains relate to sex and escort services, most likely linked to a recent case of prostitution enabling and money laundering in Manhattan, NY. Many of […]

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International crime : The FBI seized the #domain name WeLeakInfo.com

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that they have seized the domain name WeLeakInfo.com. The website operating on weleakinfo.com claimed to provide its users a search engine able to review and obtain the personal information illegally obtained in over 10,000 data breaches containing over 12 billion indexed records. […]

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SEO or malice? #Grin-Tech .org #domain sold for $2,651 dollars

For the past two years, the domain Grin-Tech.org has been the main domain of cryptocurrency, Grin Coin. Unfortunately, someone at the community dropped the proverbial ball and did not pay for the domain’s renewal. Despite attempts by other members to reclaim the domain past expiration, its registrar was not helpful and the domain dropped. The […]

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