As regular readers may recall, I have written about various scammers who have used the legitimate details of Australian companies or businesses to acquire domains for their own use (at the expired domain auctions). Netfleet has been the vehicle of choice for these people.
One brazen scammer used the details of the National Australia Bank; another used the identity of a domain investor. This was covered here. The wheels of justice moved slowly, however eventually these problems were rectified, and the domains deleted.
Then there was the person that used the details of Bremco Metal Products. I wrote about that in my article “Scammers Beware!“. An identity thief using the name “Jonathan Lastly” – and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org – used Bremco’s details to register 30 domains in total. This happened between the 27th December 2015, and 5th August 2016.
I’m pleased to report that after much persistent complaining to auDA and Netfleet, these domains were put into Policy Delete yesterday. A big “hat tip” to Nikki Scholes from Netfleet who took this issue very seriously. She followed through and investigated the situation thoroughly. She also communicated with the owner of Bremco to let him know that she was taking action. Well done Nikki!
By my calculations, this particular fraudster is now out of pocket around $2100 for these 30 domains. This is based on the average cost of acquisition (about $20 + GST); and $49.95 registration fee to Netfleet. Hopefully that may deter him in future.
These were the domains:
If anyone sees more “suss registrations”, please let me know. We will never stop the scammers, but if we can disrupt a few along the way, that would be great!
Ned O’Meara – 2nd September 2016