Wonderful 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 isires.com.au. This is a shocker.
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