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    New gTLDs Possible fraud attempt on IP Claims for blocked .biz names
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 12 2002, @09:57AM

    elsiesvg writes "Most people waiting for the so-called Group 2b .biz names - those are are currently still locked - to be registered recently had to re-submit their request. If the names in question had IP Claims on them, then the requesting party also had to confirm their intent to register the names using Neulevel's very complicated process which we first sampled during the initial .biz fiasco.

    But there are problems this time around as well, it seems...."



    Within minutes of getting the official email from Neulevel requesting confirmation of a request for a name covered by an IP Claim (which was in general submitted by the party requesting the name), the people concerned got a second email from a .BIZ IP Claim Protection Program, address , claiming to be able to significantly increase the odds of getting the name. The catch is that these people don't seem to have anything to do with Neulevel (they are based in India) and are asking those who requested the names to confirm their IP claims through their site, for a fee of course ($149 !!).

    I guess there's going to be a lot of angry .biz customers out there once they realize that maybe this has nothing to do with Neulevel... although one does wonder how directi.com managed to get hold of the IP claimants listing and use it to send emails just minutes after the official emails from support@neulevel.biz were sent...

     
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    Re: Possible fraud attempt on IP Claims for blocke
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday March 12 2002, @01:54PM (#5247)
    User #2810 Info
    Bhavin Turakhia, CEO of directi, has sent some messages to the registrars' list which may have something to do with this. -g
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    Text of the e-mail from Directi
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Wednesday March 13 2002, @02:20AM (#5252)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    Lumpy sent us this note (which I've reformatted a little):

    Directi, an ICANN accredited registrar based in Bombay in India (www.directi.com) is sending out the following spam/scam to all .biz IP Claim holders, which pretty much speaks for itself (details removed to protect the innocent):

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: ".BIZ IP Claim Protection Program"
    {ipclaim@directi.com} To:
    Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 4:20 PM
    Subject: Application for _______.biz


    Hi Mr ___________,

    You have an IP Claim on the domain __________.biz.

    You would have surely applied for this domain name through some Registrar, yourself. However DO NOT LET this IP Claim lend you a false sense of security about definetly obtaining your Domain Name. We at Directi have conducted extensive Research on names which have an IP Claim on them, and the chances of your getting YOUR Name are not too high. In the worst case your chances of getting _________.biz maybe around 1.67%

    Whats more... if you DO NOT get _________.biz then to obtain it back using a WIPO Claim you will need to spend $1500 with NO GUARANTEE in outcome. It is obvious therefore that this round robin is the only real way to get _________.biz. But with a 1.67% chance you do not have much of a scope. We can increase your chances from 1.67% to around 98% AT NO COST.

    In a unique one of its kind IP Protection program, in order to assist your chances, we have submitted __________.biz to queues of a large number of Registrars on your behalf. We thus have almost a 98% chance of getting _________.biz for you. We represent the Directi IP Protection program for .BIZ. We are helping a large number of IP Claimants like you obtain their rightful names. Unlike other Registrars we have catered only to genuine IP Claimants and trademark holders.

    You DO NOT have to pay us anything right now. What you need to do however is prove that you are the genuine IP Claimant for ________.biz, since we do not wish to cater to speculators or cybersquatters. You can do this by following the steps below

    1. Visit http://namesecure.directi.com/namesecure/step1.jsp?domainname=____________.biz& ipclaimid=_____

    2. Paste the below security code in the box provided on that page

    Security Code: ________

    The above two steps establish that you are the genuine IP Claimant for .BIZ. We have a 98% chance of registering ________.biz. If you follow the above steps we will transfer the name to you immediately after its Registration.

    If we DO MANAGE to get _______.biz for you, we will charge you a modest fee of $149. However if a speculator gets it instead of you, you will end up paying $1500 to get it back. It is better to increase your chances of getting __________.biz for FREE. You do not need to pay us ANYTHING right now. BUT YOU MUST follow the above steps in order to establish your genuineness as an IP Claimant.

    Click here to find out more about our research, and how we can actually increase your chances of getting _______.biz to around 98%. Alternatively you can Chat live with our IP Protection team, online. Click the LIVE CHAT link below OR write us at ipclaim@directi.com

    DETAILS OF YOUR IP CLAIM
    Trademark or Service Mark:
    IP Claim String and Identification Number:
    Alleged Date of First Use: .
    Country of First Use:
    Trademark Status:
    Date "Registered" or "Applied For":
    International Class:

    Best Regards
    IP Protection Team
    Directi
    http://www.directi.com
    ipclaim@directi.com
    Tel: 91-22-6370256
    Fax: 91-22-6370255

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    Re: Possible fraud attempt on IP Claims for blocke
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday March 13 2002, @11:37AM (#5260)
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    They don't want the money now. From the text of the email quoted on this thread:
    You DO NOT have to pay us anything right now. [...] If we DO MANAGE to get _______.biz for you, we will charge you a modest fee of $149.[their EMPHASIS]
    The address is also clearly stated. They're on the sixth floor here:

    A/23, Maharaja Surajmal,
    Four Bungalows road,
    Andheri(W), Bombay - 400053
    India

    I've seen similar driving directions given on the websites of various well-funded Silicon Valley startups. I think what they're doing is wrong and they should lose their ICANN accreditation (little chance of that), but let's be accurate. -g

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    Response FROM DIRECTI
    by bhavin on Thursday March 14 2002, @05:08AM (#5275)
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