#DropCatch auctions : Updates on allegations of fraudulent domain bidding activities

DropCatch, a popular domain drop-catching and auction marketplace, has been “cleaning house,” after reports of shill bidding surfaced. Last month, reports of auctions being restarted due to non-paying bidders, led frustrated domain investors to a lengthy exchange over at NamePros. “DropCatch.com is very much like a game of hot potato, where fraudulent bidders bid up […]

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Network Solutions : Domain discount promo ends with massive mess

A Network Solutions domain promo offering “free domain transfers” attracted dozens of domainers. The free domain transfer promotion by NetSol, used a coupon code, FREETRNSFEROCT, to facilitate what was supposed to be a controlled amount of domain transfers. Soon after, the domain coupon code was shared on social media and domain forums, such as NamePros, […]

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Domain petition : Need only 99,998 more signatures to drop .US nexus requirements

The dot .US Registry, operated by Neustar, is the official country code top-level domain (ccTLD) provider for the United States of America. Dot .US is also the first allocated ccTLD, ever. Restrictions to .US domain registrations include US citizenship or residency and other “nexus” rules: Who can register a .US domain? Any U.S. citizen or […]

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AOL bought “Oath” domain from a NamePros member

A member of NamePros shared an interesting story: AOL bought the domain OurOath.com from him, for a “very beautiful price.” AOL and Yahoo merged, rebranding to Oath, and acquired the domain Oath.com. It seems that the domain OurOath.com is to be used along the same lines, extending the Oath brand. The Chinese seller of OurOath.com […]

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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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Up or down? A pretty cool feature of NamePros

Is NamePros down? Yes, but it’s only temporary. The busy domain forum with more than one million registered accounts is undergoing maintenance. There is a cool feature that regardless of uptime or downtime, displays a variety of information about NamePros. Hosted at NameProsStatus.com, it provides useful information about the server infrastructure, network status, email availability […]

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Bots for domains : NameJet “shilling scandal” fizzling out

The alleged “domain shilling scandal” identifying an active group of NameJet sellers and bidders as “shillers,” shows signs of fizzling out. Domain auction platform, NameJet, has yet to come up with an official final statement about their investigation; meanwhile, three parties involved have stated their side of the story, among more than 40 pages of […]

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Someone just lost $1,000,000 dollars by buying a stolen domain

Someone just flushed $1,000,000 dollars down the drain, after buying an apparently stolen domain name. Member “Dong Yuan” posted in a NamePros thread: “I have big problem i have buy domain for $1 Million USD on 8 May 2017 and transfer it to PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com then in 20 June 2017, My registrar sent […]

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Rick Schwartz returns to NamePros!

Rick Schwartz broke his dedication to Twitter on Saturday, heading over to NamePros for some spunky domain commentary. The Domain King, who until this weekend had made just one post since 2007, left several comments in a thread related to gTLD domain names. A week short of a comment-less decade as a NamePros member, Rick’s […]

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NamePros member offers big prizes for guessing the forum’s millionth member

A NamePros thread is all about when the forum’s 1,000,000th registered member will sign up. Cyberian is offering 5 prizes to the best guess: Prize C1: One ticket to NamesCon 2018. Prize C2: Two tickets to NamesCon 2018. Prize N: 7-day site-wide notice that appears on every page of NamePros for members to promote your […]

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NamePros : PayPal refunded payment linked to fraudulent domain sales

Quite unsurprisingly, PayPal refunded payments for domains that were fraudulently sold, but not those sent as a “gift.” A massive new fraud incident that was squashed at NamePros, unveiled some interesting facts: About 80% of all fraud that has taken place on NamePros over the past couple years, which is still a relatively small number, […]

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NamePros combats shill bids : URUN but you cannot hide

The domain community of NamePros identified and terminated a shill bid situation in its making, ending it with a the closing of the associated accounts. A thread seeking offers for the domain URUN.com for sale escalated quickly, sending offers into the thousands of dollars. One small problem: one of the bidders was a shill account. […]

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