Dodgy Dealings Update

FakeWonderful news to report! Following my article yesterday about the latest scammer, the “powers that be” obviously acted – the website was taken down, and the domain name is in “Policy Delete”.

So well done to auDA – and whoever else was involved –  in taking action to preserve the integrity of the .au space. You have also saved a lot of consumers from unneccesary grief and financial loss.

Here is a screenshot of the latest WhoIs:


Tip Of The Iceberg

I know of a number of other cases of alleged scammers – parties that are using legitimate entities ABN’s / ACN’s to acquire domains. Also there are more and more instances where people have hijacked sites purely for spam purposes.  This sort of activity is now being reported to me a few times a week at least. I guess it’s because that I have a reasonably well read blog – and people know that I’m prepared to publish (provide my own enquiries have been made).

Originally, I reported some these to auDA, but it wasn’t easy to get any action happening. In the meantime, damage was continuing to be done on a daily basis.

Coming Up Next Week

  • Another guest post by Robert Kaay. This details his frustrating experiences when he tried to report an alleged scammer to auDA. It makes for good reading.
  • There is also a report on another case similar to This is a shocker.

Illustration of an Identity Thief Hiding Behind a Computer

So auDA, Here’s The Thing

Please don’t make it difficult for those of us that also care about the integrity of the .au space to make complaints about alleged scammers. We are your front line troops in this war – please treat us with honour and respect when we try to do the right thing. Don’t fob us off with “bureaucracy”.

We should be on the same side.

Ned O’Meara – 7th October 2016


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4 thoughts on “Dodgy Dealings Update

  • October 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Just got an email from Erhan Karabardak – auDA have apparently been working in the background on all these scam sites.

    Big news in the AFR today.

    But as I replied to Erhan:

    “It’s a shame auDA made it difficult for me 5 months ago when I reported the first instances of these. The situation could have been sorted a lot earlier. We’re all on the same side.”

    Anyway, it’s great news – and I’m thrilled. Well done auDA.

  • October 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Federal Police? Department of Communication??, Fair Trading??… Too many asleep at the wheel.

    Can it really be expected for auDA to fight Chinese Criminal organisations?

    This should have been front page news years ago.So much damage has been allowed to continue before some action.

    It is probably the tip of the iceberg but auDA cannot spend their full day policing this. It is Criminal activity. Have no doubts they will continue with this.

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