January 23, 2017
A company accused of domain name slamming has allegedly made more than 5 million USD over three years by tricking owners of “.com.au” domain names into buying domain names that they didn’t need.
The Australian state government watchdog has reportedly taken legal action against the company in question claiming that tens of thousands of people had been taken in by the fake notices. AuDA, the .au domain name registry had already warned about the company in 2011.
The scam consists of sending what appeared to be renewal notices to the owners of the “.com.au” domain names but which were in fact solicitations to trick then into buying the equivalent “.com” domain name.
Other variations on domain name slamming consist of sending fake renewal notices which trick domain name owners into transferring their domain names to a different registrar.
Domain name slamming is unfortunately worldwide. ICANN periodically sends breach notices to potential offenders but apparently in vain.
Domain name owners should contact their registrar / account manager if they receive this type of notice.