Another Scammer Nailed

FakeA while back, I wrote about a number of domains that had ostensibly been registered in the name of the National Australia Bank.

After numerous follow ups, I’m pleased to report that all those domains have now been “Policy Deleted”. Presumably the person behind the fake registrations has also had his account closed at Netfleet.

All these domains are on the auctions today.

They include:

  • technologynews.com.au
  • home–loans.com.au
  • onlinepaymentsystem.com.au
  • callforwarding.com.au
  • coincounter.com.au
  • networktools.com.au
  • bitcointraders.com.au
  • silverstone.com.au

I know that there will be some that say that Netfleet will benefit twice from this, but in my opinion, that’s not an issue, as they did nothing wrong in the first instance. Hopefully though, they will tighten up their account verification procedures for the future.

Other Scams

Over the past two weeks, I have heard of some other attempted domain scams. These involve scammers trying to “recover” passwords for valuable domains directly from a registrar (in an effort to complete a Change of Registrant). Allegedly, these attempts involved providing fake drivers licences etc.

Fortunately, these known attempts have been thwarted in the nick of time. What worries me though are the ones that weren’t possibly detected (if there were any)!

I’m just gathering more info, and hope to bring you this story soon.

Ned O’Meara – 5th July, 2016


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6 thoughts on “Another Scammer Nailed

  • July 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    Great article Ned. I’m very interested to see what you find out about this fake drivers licence scam…

    • Ned O'Meara
      July 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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      I was gobsmacked when I heard about it. It’s happened to three people that I know of.

      More info soon.

  • July 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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    It’s good that this has been actioned. It should send a message to the fraudsters that it’s not worth the effort.

    In regards to obtaining existing domains, auLOCKDOWN is about the only tool that is going to be able to prevent advanced social engineering to obtain valuable .au domains.

    • Ned O'Meara
      July 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm
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      Good point about auLOCKDOWN Joel. Could be good for a separate article.

  • July 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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    Tip of the iceberg Ned. Impossible to stop opportunists looking to circumvent rules.

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