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"
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
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 email@example.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:
Date "Registered" or "Applied For":
IP Protection Team