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Located in General Domain Discussion, started by Commerce, Jan 28, 2021

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  1. Commerce

    Commerce Upgraded Member Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Hard to believe after nearly 25 years, but I got hit by criminals who have stolen a number of my domains. Any insights beyond working with the registrar of record to resolve this quickly?

    -Commerce
     
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  2. Future Sensors

    Future Sensors 78% of human domainers will be replaced by robots Gold Account

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  3. Commerce

    Commerce Upgraded Member Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Really appreciate the feedback. Lots to look at there.
     
  4. domain invest3r

    domain invest3r Pinyin domains for sale

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    Sorry to hear that. Do you know how this happened, so we can also take precaution? Hope you manage to resolve, sir
     
  5. Commerce

    Commerce Upgraded Member Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Working on it. Am told that certain really private information was used to convince the register of my identity. Will probably be following up with the authorities after the names are returned. Still well in the 60 day registry transfer window, so that is the good news.
     
  6. slader23

    slader23 Always On The Bleeding Edge. VIP

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    What was the registrar? So that others can avoid them in the future.
     
  7. Commerce

    Commerce Upgraded Member Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Regarding the name of the registrar, I'd prefer not to say at this time. It is one of the big guys, so I have some hope that this can be turned around. What I may do is explain some of what that took to do and how this came to pass after it is resolved.
     
  8. domain invest3r

    domain invest3r Pinyin domains for sale

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    Do you have authenticator on your login?
     
  9. wwwweb

    wwwweb Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    This is the wrong move, if you want to put delay the to theft, protect people from buying your domains, or at least flag the stolen names so they can't be moved around.

    You are simply helping the thieves by allowing them to unload them by not naming them.

    My guess is they didn't take your yellowpage names.
     
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  10. MapleDots

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    Yup @wwwweb is correct, the more people know and get involved the better the recovery odds.

    I have seen some pretty heavy topics on namepros were the members were instrumental in getting the stolen domains back.
     
  11. Commerce

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    @wwwweb and @MapleDots - I do agree, however, I think it would be best to try to let the registrar have the opportunity to make things right. After all, it will be my pleasure to be able to report things are okay within a week should that happen.
     
  12. MapleDots

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    A week is forever with stolen domains, you have to keep in mind the thief can quickly resell the domain and then you have another party in the middle.
     
  13. Samer

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    Wow.
    So if it turns around, no harm?

    Come on man, it’s probably Network Solutions.
    (worst registrar)
    In any case, Good luck!
     
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  14. wwwweb

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    Maple is right, your domains are like hot potato right now, if they have left your register, it will be a long road back, as they probably have been flipped 1-2 times already if they have liquid value.
     
  15. JagG

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    I saw this today on Twitter


    R
    elated?

    Hope all works out for you Commerce.

    Also more info https://www.namepros.com/threads/theft-of-perl-com-a-1994-domain.1226135/
     
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  16. Commerce

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    @JagG Thank you. I'm not the owner of Perl.com. This was a case of the registrar believing a change should be made with fake credentials supplied by the criminal(s) involved. Their MO features asking about a purchasing a domain, mail bombing the reply address with signups and stealing the domains within the account block.
     
  17. The Durfer

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    any one domain we should look out for in particular?
     
  18. Commerce

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    Actually several. But a little update. Having contacted the registrar support, I was advised to outline in detail the situation as an email to mail to their abuse, with an expectation of 24-48 hour response time. Ironically, their servers got back to me quite a bit faster... the message bounced. Hopefully, their legal team and my account manager will pick this up. Even so, I am going to reach out to their corporate group this morning. Based on the call, it was discovered that either forged or stolen physical credentials were used to convince them that the individual(s) were me. There is a little problem with their documentation I shall not share here. As you can imagine, I'm not pleased that along with some pretty strong names, they opted to go after my corporate identity.

    The list of stolen domains discovered so far is as follows:

    companies.net
    experience.net
    firstusa.net
    ihba.com
    ihba.net
    ihba.org
    isba.com
    isba.net
    pressclub.com
    pressclub.net
    schoolers.com
    schoolers.net
    clanmaitland.org
    commercecompany.com
    commercecompany.net
    commercecompany.org
    commerco.org
    thecommercecompany.com
    thecommercecompany.net
    thecommercecompany.org
     
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  19. The Durfer

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    wow, ok, ty, will be looking out.
     
  20. Commerce

    Commerce Upgraded Member Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Thank you.
     
  21. tldboss

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    Yea, Network Solutions

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    Decent names, I think you will get them back, as long as they remain at the same registrar, keep pushing.
    Good luck
     
  22. ecomslice

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    Meh
     
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  23. Samer

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    @Acroplex
    (i love your reporting on ‘stolen’ names)
    Hope you comment this one!
     
  24. bmugford

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    I am not surprised it was Network Solutions. It seems to be an ongoing issue recently.

    Brad
     
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