Term Internet Domain Name Scam Reporting
Code FN-1700.1470-324
Definition Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that people can use to report intellectual property or confidence scams in which unscrupulous domain name registrars attempt to generate revenue by tricking businesses into buying, selling, listing or converting a domain name. The scammer may attempt to trick domain owners into switching from their existing registrar to theirs, under the pretense that the customer is simply renewing their subscription to their current registrar. Or the scam may operate in reverse, with a stranger (not the registrar) communicating an offer to buy a domain name from an unwary owner. The offer is not genuine, but intended to lure the owner into a false sales process, with the owner eventually pressed to send money in advance to the scammer for appraisal fees or other purported services. By mimicking aspects of the legitimate sales process and agencies, the scheme appears genuine in the early stages. The prospect of an easy, lucrative sale disarms the owner's normal suspicion of an unsolicited offer from a stranger with no earnest value. Since an actual transfer through the registration system is never involved, legal safeguards built into the official transfer process provide no protection.
Created 10/18/18
Changed 10/18/18
Use References Domain Name Registration Scam Reporting
Domain Name Slamming Reporting
URL Scam Reporting
See Also References Internet Service Provider Complaints (DD-1500.4820)
External Classification Terms Citizen Crime Reporting (NPC I02.02)
Criminal Law Enforcement (UW
Law Enforcement (NTE I60)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Related Concepts
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Domain Name Scams", Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_name_scams

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