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    .eu and Europe too Icann accredited registrar into .EU scam
    posted by tbyfield on Sunday September 08 2002, @06:09PM

    elsiesvg writes "There's already been a few attempts at scams on the soon-to-be-released .EU with people selling pre-registrations for an extension that doesn't even exist yet. The latest site I found trying this on (check out http://www.namescout.com/eu/index.asp) surprised me because it proudly wears a big "Icann accredited registrar" badge on its front page."

    The same front page which has a WHOIS search feature to pre-order .EU domains when at the moment, there isn't even a registry!! If these people really are Icann accredited, maybe Icann should look into taking that accreditation away from these "trustworthy" guys.
    [tbyfield notes: Veteran ICANN Watchers may remember the saga of Regland (their domain now forwards to the ICANN-accredited registrar DomainPeople), which incurred the wrath of ICANN -- in particular, of VP/GC Louis Touton, it was said -- for selling (as ICANN put it) "'pre-registrations' in proposed top-level domains (TLDs) that do not exist, have not yet been approved by ICANN, and may never be available on the Internet." Now that the new, improved ICANN has started putting on regulatory airs by threatening a registrar that hasn't "compl[ied] with [its] contract obligations," surely they'll come down on Namescout for engaging in similar antics. But Namescout isn't charging, you say? Well, the FTC issued an advisory which said that "Because ICANN has not yet announced its intentions, it is misleading for any service or entrepreneur to offer pre-registration or accept fees for domain names that may never come into existence" (emphasis added). Oh, yeah ... that was, uh, the advisory that mysteriously vanished after a "power outage" took down the FTC site for a day.]

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