#AlpNames : #Domain registrar denies it’s being targeted negatively by #Facebook

Domain registrar AlpNames is popular for its domain discount special promotions. In doing so, some believe that spammers end up abusing these promotional discounts, registering domains en masse. A domain investor shared their issue with AlpNames when he attempted to add them on Facebook: they were blocked. I register and buy names for one sole […]

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Lies or ignorance? #GoDaddy rep claims expired #domains can’t be transferred out

A frustrated domain investor was told that expired domain names at GoDaddy aren’t officially his. This incredible statement came from a GoDaddy representative, when domainer Dan Sanchez asked to obtain the authorization codes for expired domains in his account. Unlike what the official domain transfer policy at GoDaddy states, Dan Sanchez was told that the […]

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#Domain drama at #NamePros : “Bait and switch” scam, or bizarre coincidence?

A new “domain drama” thread is unfolding at the popular domain forum, NamePros, after a brokered acquisition went south. Following a member’s request, supposedly to help locate the owner of the domain Vege.us, a Canadian domain investor states that he agreed on a $1,500 acquisition on the member’s behalf. Vege.us was registered on 4/26/2018 by […]

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#NamePros rolls out #NamesCon 2017 highlights in new #domain video

Great things take a while, and in the case of the NamesCon 2017 video highlights it took a year. Better late than never, as they say, and the NamePros Marketplace production does not disappoint; after editing hours of video footage that was shot during the biggest domain conference of 2017, they rolled out a five […]

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#NamePros by the numbers : Whoever owns the #domain forum is happy with these Google Analytics

NamePros is by far the busiest domain forum these days, and has been so for a long time. It attracts numerous domain investors to its ever-active sub-forums, from rookies to veterans like Rick Schwartz. And if you’re looking for some busy, drama-laden threads, often times controversial, that’s the place to be. Very few in the […]

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Barbie88 : Faux female attempted to scam #domain investors via the sale of XX.com

A fake female scammer using the NamePros moniker Barbie88, attempted to scam investors out of $85,000 dollars, by claiming they are selling XX.com. The two letter domain is under WHOIS privacy, and definitely not in the scammer’s control. According to Richard Dynas, the person behind the account “Barbie88” is the same scammer that claimed to […]

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#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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