Snippets – 17 October 2016

Sorry to have been so quiet on the article front lately. Unfortunately, I had a few days in hospital again. Had a good “check under the hood”, and have been given some different meds, so hopefully truly on the mend now.

As a friend of mine so wisely pointed out, stress is no good for anyone! So here’s to a different lifestyle. 🙂


Last week, someone in our business (who I have known for many years) made me the most generous and kind gesture I have experienced in a long time. It simply astounded me – and even though I’ve been around for a while, it reminded me of some valuable life lessons.

This person doesn’t seek the limelight or public thanks – and that’s what made the offer so very special.

So thank you again. You know who you are.

auDA Complaints

As part of my de-stressing, I’m not going to be writing about domain scammers any longer – particularly those that use the ABN or ACN of legitimate companies to register domains. I think auDA are well and truly on to it now.

Thank you to everyone who sent me information – the number of incidents has been mind boggling.

If you notice any suspicious transactions in the future, my advice is to email both the Registrar and auDA. Let them handle it.

Extortion Threat

Just when I’m trying to lower my blood pressure, last night I received what is effectively an extortion threat.

I received an offer vie Fabulous for two generic domains. Apparently this person had accidentally let them drop just recently (he was managing them for a friend). As is my practise when I get such a situation, I indicated that I would sell the domains back to him cheaply (if he could send me proof that he or his friend was the previous registrant).

He acknowledged by return the generosity of my offer – and acknowledged that my price was under market value.

Then Jekyll became Hyde.

His very next email went back even on his previous offer – and he threatened to make complaints to auDA unless I agreed to sell them to him very cheaply.

I was going to publish the email trail; however I have decided not to do so. Instead, I have forwarded these to the appropriate people to deal with. People like this are even worse than the domain scammers that use fake details – imho.

Just so you get the drift of what this person is like, here are a couple of his comments which I quote verbatim.

“I will make the complaint through auDA for both domains to be deleted if this can’t be resolved. Furthermore, once that is done, I will place complaints with all your 5400 domains to have those wiped off too”.

“I have recovered many domains before and have never failed as the rules expressly forbid what you are doing. You have 5 minutes to reconsider. I really just need to get these 2 domains back and I don’t feel good about it but my friend needs it back and I don’t have a lot of money. Luckily, domain recovery costs me nothing.”

This person in my opinion appears to be both a vexatious litigant – and an extortionist.

We will see what transpires.

Ned O’Meara – 17th October 2016

12 thoughts on “Snippets – 17 October 2016

  • October 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    These types of people make my blood boil. How does he think he can blame you for his own unprofessionalism in letting the name slip between his fingers in the first place? It sounds like you gave him a generous option. If someone sent an email like this to me, after I gave them a generous option, I wouldn’t sell the name back to them at any price.

    • October 19, 2016 at 7:49 am

      @Robert – blood boiling = high blood pressure. That’s what he caused me on Sunday night. And at a time when I really don’t need it.

      You’re absolutely right though. As I said to a mate yesterday, this bloke has now got two chances of getting the domains cheaply – Buckley’s and none.

  • October 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Sounds like his friend/client is annoyed with him for letting the domains expire and he is panicking.

    You try and do the right thing…

    Rest up my friend.

    • October 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Exactly mate!

      And congratulations again on the birth of your son. 🙂 Happy days.

  • October 17, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Watch that stress Ned. Killer.

    Hope you told that scumbag to F off.

    • October 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

      @Jeff – I’m always reasonably polite when I tell people to get nicked.

  • October 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Sounds like you have a good friend there Ned 🙂

    I don’t know why people need to resort to threats, it has the opposite effect. That attitude isn’t acceptable.

    • October 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

      Watch out Nikki – he could be a client of yours! Hahahahahaha!

  • October 18, 2016 at 10:59 am


    There are some people out there who just have no idea how to do business.  Do they really think an attitude like that will get them anywhere?

    I think it’s great that you call these people out Ned.  Even if they aren’t named and shamed.

    • October 19, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Totally agree Shane. What’s my favourite saying again?

      “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar”. 🙂

  • October 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    What a laugh. It does sound like a scam though.

    I doubt Vanessa would entertain him if she had to respond to 5400 complaints ????

    • October 19, 2016 at 7:41 am

      The bloke is real David – and is known to a registrar that we all know.

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