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    Registrars Yet another blatant scam attempt on the new gTLDs!
    posted by michael on Saturday April 20 2002, @08:39AM

    elsiesvg writes "A firm calling itself newextensions.com and claiming to be a gTLD expert is trying something really bad.

    They seem to be lifting WHOIS data on biz and info names that have already been registered and using that data to send official looking emails to the registrants asking them for money for the names they've already paid for!"

    Have a look at the email below. If anyone knows what or who is behind this story, I would love to know. By the way, the domain names in question are currently registered by my company through a well-established registrar and are in no way managed by these people. Note the nice little part in the text about collection agencies!

    From: NewExtensions
    To : X
    Re : Balance owing on your account

    Dear X X,

    Please be advised that the following domain names have been registered to your account but have not yet been paid:

    $70 xxx.biz
    $70 xxx.info
    $70 xxx.biz
    $70 xxx.info

    An attempt was made to charge your credit card for the above domains at the time of registeration but the charge attempt(s) had failed. We understand there may be many reasons behind this and as such, we advise that you please login to your account once again to provide payment:

    Your login information is as follows:
    Login URL:
    Username: xxxxxxxx
    Password: xxxxxxxx
    Please note that overdue accounts may be referred to a Collections Agency for processing. As such, we advise that you either provide payment or contact us as soon as possible to rectify your account. If you have any questions regarding the registration of your domains or the amount outstanding, please contact us at billing@newextensions.com.

    Customer Service Department
    Email: billing@newextensions.com
    Web: http://www.newextensions.com
    Tel: 1-866-310-9571 Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday
    Fax: 1-866-310-9572 09:00 - 17:00 Pacific Standard Time (GMT -0800)

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    Re: Yet another blatant scam attempt on the new gT
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday April 20 2002, @11:23AM (#5922)
    User #2810 Info
    Both the plural and singular newextensions.com and newextension.com are registered to:
    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Billing Contact:
    Domain, Registrar (MVNWBOBIJO) admin@newextensions.com
    Domain, Registrar
    270-4611 Viking Way
    Richmond, BC V6V 2K9
    604-606-7879 fax: 604-606-7886
    Doing a reverse411 on the phone numbers shows them to be unlisted. As I'm not too far from there I tried both numbers. The fax is a fax, the voice number kicks over to a virtual mailbox/answer machine available through the telco (telus.com). That mailbox, for someone called Dollar Domain Names, is full. Trying the tollfree 866-310-9571 from the email above leads to the same message and same result, so the WHOIS details are at least partially correct. The street address is also at least not obviously bogus.

    They are hosted by peer1.net, whose complaint address is abuse @ peer1.net (no spaces). You can report this scam (which could be criminal fraud) to les gendarmes here. -g

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    Re: Yet another blatant scam attempt on the new gT
    by Lynn on Monday October 21 2002, @01:19AM (#9782)
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    I wanted to buy the URL www.blattmann.biz and found out it was already owned by Coldwell Banker Burnett Richmond, Canada, Billing Contact: Jay Tan, after reading your story about this firm I am asking myself, if this is another form of their fraud.
    Do you know, how I could find out, whether they just block the domain, or whether they are doing serious business with it?
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    Good catch!
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday April 23 2002, @12:15AM (#5940)
    User #2810 Info
    Yup, they're one and the same. And if I'd originally thought to also check the singular dollardomainname.com rather than just the (apparently unrelated) plural, slaps forehead, it would have led me to where co-respondent Jay Tan led anyway.

    Jay Tan is Jack Tang, the infamous domain spammer. See spews.org and spamhaus for some evidence. He was previously offering bogus .info and .biz pre-registrations, amongst many other spam scams.

    I'm unclear through whom, or even if, he was/is a reseller for an ICANN accredited registrar, but there's circumstantial evidence linking him in various ways to registrars.com, now part of Verisign. I'm not foolish or brave enough to feed him a valid credit card to find where it leads.

    Incredibly, he is a CIRA certified registrar for .ca through this site. Also, his Vancouver headquarters is in the same building as peer1.net's Vancouver office, so complaints to them will probably go in the bit bucket.

    I will certainly endeavor to have something done about them. I suspect that, whatever the dénouement, it may lead to a submission here. ;) -g

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