Well done to auDA in successfully working with Tucows to shut down a lot of their “rogue resellers” from China. The number of new registrations (UBU’s) coming through from them has definitely slowed down.
Having said that, a few still sneak through. Seems like the Australian Taxation Office is into gambling and cyber-squatting on brand names! 😉 Have a look at kate-spade.net.au and michael-kors-australia.com.au. These were both registered on 1st September. What brazen scammers to use the ATO’s ABN details.
Public Domain Registry (PDR)
Unfortunately though, auDA hasn’t had as much joy with Public Domain Registry (PDR). Registrations are still coming through from them (though not as many as before), but Mark Bouck and his team at auDA are on the look out for them. As soon as these UBU’s pop their head up, they are “sitting ducks”. But taking them down can still take time, and in the meantime, innocent people are being affected.
I wish auDA would adopt a policy of immediately suspending such obvious UBU sites (as they go through the process). As I wrote here, not only do UBU’s rip off consumers, they can cause reputational damage to innocent businesses.
Here Is One PDR Example:
The domain cmmfinancialplanners.com.au went on the expired auctions on 1st September. It was ostensibly purchased by C M M F INVESTMENTS PTY LTD through Public Domain Registry. The most obvious sign that it was an UBU was the fact that financial planners were selling sunglasses (albeit in British pounds!). Another telltale sign was the email address they used – the good old 163.com!
UBU Scammers Open New Front
These scammers are smart, and their business model is obviously profitable. It wasn’t, they wouldn’t keep doing it. So when one door shuts, they simply look for another one to open.
Another overseas registrar has popped up on the UBU list. Over the past 2 weeks there have been quite a few UBU’s registered through InternetX. auDA wasn’t aware of them until last week, so hopefully InternetX will do the right thing and jump on these quickly.
Lastly, a big thanks to “Michael” who works his magic and sends me through lists of UBU’s. Much appreciated – you’re providing a great service.
Ned O’Meara – 11th September 2017