This morning when I was perusing the “Deleted Domain Names” list, I discovered a scammer who had been caught out big time. “Peter Smith” is about to have 41 typo / misspelt domains deleted. The system is working – good on you auDA!
For those that may not be aware, this list shows Domain Names which have been deleted at the request of either the Regulator based on established policy, or the current Registrant.
But this was no ordinary scammer. The descriptions “brazen” and “audacious” seem appropriate. Why? Have a look at the screenshots below. In this particular example, not only did good old “Peter Smith” register a misspelling of Google; he also used the ABN details of the Australian Tax Office to do so!
But Here’s The Big Question
How was he ever able to register these in the first place? Particularly given that the Australian domain space is supposed to be so highly regulated!
The particular Registrar happens to be GoDaddy, so they obviously don’t do a cross match between Registrant name and Registrant ID / Eligibility Type.
I checked with Cam from Drop.com.au, and he told me that their system would automatically reject a mismatch between Registrant name and ABN / ACN etc. So GoDaddy are definitely going to have to improve their front end system for Aussie domains.
Here’s a screenshot of all “Peter Smith’s” domains that are about to be deleted. At least $800 down the gurgler for him.
Ned O’Meara – 22nd September 2016