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China Registry scam continues to pester #domain holders for fake trademark applications

The China Registry scam has been ongoing for several years. Operating from the domain ChinaRegistry.com.cn and several others, this is an attempt by scammers in China to pay up for fake trademark applications. How does this scam from China work? Let’s begin with the email below, that urges us to send it to the CEO […]

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FTBAgency.com : Freedom to Breathe Agency site down after fake “mask exempt” cards exposé

The domain FTBAgency.com was registered on June 12, 2020 and it hosted content about how face masks are supposedly harmful to one’s health, and a violation of people’s rights. The so-called “Freedom to Breathe Agency” project shared a fake card claiming to give its bearer rights to not wear a mask when visiting various establishments. […]

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Who is this bastard spammer “Eric” from talkwithwebvisitor.com? Wake up, #Cloudflare and #Dynadot

A guy named “Eric Jones” is spamming emails taken from the WHOIS of domains, and also online contact forms. The domain used currently is talkwithwebvisitor.com that is registered with Dynadot and hiding behind the free reverse proxy services of Cloudflare. A typical email from these assholes looks like this: “Hello, my name’s Eric and I […]

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Fake #escrow : Romanians arrested for running an online #crime ring for a decade

Two Romanians were convicted by the US court system, after they engaged in a decade-long activity of spreading computer malware, and using a network of fake escrow services to collect funds from as many as 400,000 victims. According to testimony at trial and court documents, Nicolescu, Miclaus, and a co-conspirator who pleaded guilty, collectively operated […]

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#Indonesian scam : #Natixis mark squatter gave ridiculous reason for NatixisCoin .com registration

The Indonesian registrant of the domain NatixisCoin.com squatted on a famous bank’s name, then produced a fake identity card to validate his registration. Natixis is a French corporation that operates as an international corporate, investment banking and financial services company. Recently, they challenged the domain NatixisCoins.com and won that UDRP. In the UDRP case of […]

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HyphBot : Ad scam used 34,000 domains to reap $500,000 dollars daily

A sophisticated scam involving 34,000 domains reaped up to $500,000 dollars in advertiser’s traffic, a day! Bot traffic driven by cybercriminals created more than a million URLs, in an attempt to fool advertisers into buying ad traffic that supposedly originated from big publishers. This technique is called “domain spoofing,” and the bot traffic was then […]

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Tech support malware : Scammers prefer .ORG, .XYZ and .Online domains

Scammers posing as tech support resolving malware attacks, have a preference for .ORG, .XYZ and .Online domains. A recent article by Malwarebytes Labs, researched how “tech support” scammers abuse native ad provider, Taboola, to serve such tech support scam ads. How does this work: Ads are bought on Taboola, serving links to web sites that […]

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Negative eBay feedback for IDN peddler selling “three letter .com” domain

The seller of “суе” .com on eBay made it extremely difficult for domainer newbies to understand what they were bidding on. As an IDN domain, суе.com resolves to a puny code equivalent, xn--e1axg.com. Buried in an ocean of rambling about how domains are great investment opportunities, the fact that it’s an IDN three letter .com […]

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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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GoDaddy warns of ongoing phishing campaign targeting premium domains

GoDaddy has issued a warning regarding an ongoing phishing campaign. The cyberattack is targeting premium domain names, according to Joe Styler, Aftermarket Product Manager at GoDaddy. The warning is as follows: “We were made aware this morning by a few customers that they are getting emails claiming to be from GoDaddy that are saying that […]

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Live on Facebook : Hilarious attempt to defraud domainer via Western Union!

It doesn’t get better than this: a live attempt on Facebook to defraud a domain owner, captured step by step. The scammer, using a bogus name, tried to get the domain Perniciousness.com from its owner. After contacting him on Facebook, he claimed that he sent $10,000 dollars via Western Union, and asked for the domain’s […]

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ICANN validation : Scammer impersonates ICANN in email

What appears to be an email from the Internet’s governing body, ICANN, is a scamming attempt at “pinging” millions of email addresses. The email originates from icannvalidation@icannvalidation.org and is titled “Test.” The body of the message contains the following: Please do not respond to this email. This email is part of a survey by the […]

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