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    The latest scams. Protect yourselves.

    Hey I just got my latest copy of scam busters. Since some of this stuff affects website owners and people who own domains I thought I would post this here. Hope no one minds.

    Another Domain Name Registration Scam

    If you own a domain name, you should be on the lookout for
    this one. You may well be deluged.

    You may or may not be aware that your name, address, and
    contact information are available for your domain name using a
    special Web service called WHOIS. That's how unscrupulous
    scammers are compiling large databases of domain name
    owners... and trying to sell them something they don't need.

    Here's what happened to us:

    We got a fax filled with legalese that looked like we were in
    violation of someone's intellectual property. (Actually, by
    now we've gotten a dozen of them since we own quite a few
    domain names!)

    It is dated today and gave us a deadline of tomorrow. It's
    VERY legalistic, using terms like "bad faith, "in accordance
    with the United States Legal Code," etc.

    At the bottom, it says:

    (describes very obscure consequences)

    When you read this carefully, it says that we can register the
    .NET version of one of our domain names. After all, otherwise
    there might be confusion if someone else registers it...

    This scam is also going on new and unproven top-level domains
    like .BIZ. Remember that .COM is the domain name extension
    everyone thinks of first -- who's going to type in

    Unfortunately, we're sure a LOT of people will register
    useless domain names based on this junk.

    Folks, if you get any correspondence that's not from the
    company you registered your domain name with, or even if you
    can't figure out the legalese in any domain name
    correspondence, contact your own Registrar.

    For more information on this scam, see:

    for a law firm's take on it, and

    for the FTC's page on domain name registration scams.


    Yahoo! Warns of Identity Theft

    Another group of enterprising fraud artists is doing its best
    to separate Yahoo! users from their money.

    In a bulk mailing to Yahoo! customers who pay for certain
    added features, the fraud artists posed as Yahoo! and asked
    the customers to send in personal and credit card information.
    Unfortunately, some of the customers were duped.

    Bravo to Yahoo! for sending out a warning email within 24
    hours of the fraudulent one.

    For more information, and some common sense security tips, see:


    If you're a Yahoo! Mail user and you suspect an email is
    fraudulent, use this form to report it:



    Identity Fraud Warning for Online Retailers

    If you're running an online store, pay attention to this one.

    We received an email order last week from a 'demo' account
    with a .mn extension. The sender informed us that "In order to
    pay it I need to get your detailed bank info where I'm going
    to wire the money."

    We suspect this is a scam to get our bank information. Here
    are the red flags you should look out for:

    1. The account name is 'demo' and does not match the name of
    the alleged person ordering the product.

    2. The .mn top-level domain is for Mongolia. You should always
    beware of accepting international orders from countries who
    may not have the same stringent regulations we do.

    To find out which domain extension corresponds to which
    country, see:


    We will never give bank info to get paid for an order.

    For eight steps Web merchants can use to minimize credit card
    fraud, see:

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    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    The Big Easy -New Orleans
    A client got the ISG fax the other day... Thankfully she called before doing anything.
    Lagniappe Internet L.L.C. - Wholesale Reseller and VPS Hosting.
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    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Thanks for the tips!
    Thanks to Godaddy, you can run all the WHOIS you want and get zip on me!
    Sure cut down on spam and junk mail.
    Another tip: All my accounts and I mean all have code words.
    Bank, CC,phone,power you name it and it has a password.
    You can get the name and SS right and without the code word, you again get zip.
    Another scam is drug dealers are paying those people who dig through trash for personal information. Think again before you throw something out and buy a cross shedder.
    Really sad when you have to guard your trash!
    No, it is not me!
    No, I did not do it!

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