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Advice on dealing with a guy who has illegally purchased my Australian domain name

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by Gigapudding, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Gigapudding

    Gigapudding Newbie

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    Hello all,

    Bit of a long story but I'll try and keep it brief.

    Last December my host failed to let me know my .com.au that has been my personal professional business address for a decade was up for renewal (I am not longer with them btw). The domain name was my personal name and there are 10 years of links from everything I've ever posted or been credited for pointing to it.

    I discovered this early January when I went to update the site and saw that I am now selling designer shoes! My clients were a bit confused by this.

    So a little research and I discover I can make a complaint through the Australian Domain Registry body to have the domain title stripped from them as they are not Australian, do not have an Australian business number or are connected personally to the name which is a requirement of owning a com.au

    All good. 3 weeks go bye and they take it off them and it goes back into the pool and Surprise! they take it again and now I'm selling NRL hats! With a bit of digging I find it's an automated setup located in Russia and for the next 4 months my name 'sells' womens wear and hats and even high end fashion brand name stuff. I also find heaps of other com.au that they are exploiting as well.

    5 months later and 4 complaints upheld and 2 services employed to try and snatch the name back for me and today I find some other Australian guy has got it. (At least that's a change from the Russians)

    I'm not sure I can post links here so I'll ere on the side of caution but this guy has a company in Australia that seems to fish for domain re-sale opportunities, a bunch of domains registered he shouldn't own and runs a very dodgy looking, almost blackhat like e-betting site.

    I contacted him with a fake email address about buying one of his other registered domains and he answered so he is real.

    I have his complete personal information thru the e-betting site via who is. And a list of the sites he has registered that he isn't allowed to own.

    Technically I can just report him to the Auda.org and have it stripped from him but then it goes back in the pool and I'm back to seeing if I can registered it through reclaim services and so far I've had no luck getting it back that way.

    I'd rather deal with him. But he's going to want cash which I wont pay because for me it's the principal of the matter. I want my name back! It has deep roots in the web.

    Should I be upfront with him and let him know I know all about his dodgy dealings and can he just transfer it to me no harm done and walk away?

    Also, I have a national media news organisation interested in my story because of the Russian angle. Surely he wont want to be part of that report if he's dodgy?

    What do you think?

    Which angle should I use?

    Any advice appreciated!

    ps. yes, I'm a bit of a noob so advice on domain reclaim services that aren't a rip off also appreciated.
     
  2. neilbhabuta

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    I recommend reporting him... if he has caused this much harm and distress tof you then what's stopping him from doing it to someone else?
     
  3. nanavlad

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    1st ask him for a price for it
    If its cheap just buy it

    If he is trying to screw you tel him the truth, but add you will report him to auda
    and he will lose all his domains

    Then Act Accordingly
     
  4. Gigapudding

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    True that! He is doing it to others. But the bulk of his registrations of domain sitting. Only a few name stealings. My issue has been with the AuDa who seem fairly powerless to actually protect the value of the .com.au domain name - they weren't happy when I had a go at them.

    Yes, I could be straight with him. If he's reasonable then it might just resolve itself. Its already been quite drawn out.

    Personally I was hoping for a different ending to this story - he has complicated things.
     
  5. Gigapudding

    Gigapudding Newbie

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    yeah, I think that's my first port of call. I'm just going to be straight with him. And if he is unreasonably I can always play the AuDa complaints card. He can loose small or loose big.
     
  6. Gigapudding

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    Ha! So I've got his facebook, linkedin, old blog with photos from 2006, other companies he dabbles in which seem legit and probably wouldn't be thrilled about his extracurricular activities - and the fact that he works for sportsbet and is running a dodgy e-betting site on the side. This is getting interest. I feel like mr Robot.
     
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    So an update on this issue.

    I decided to go with the straight forward approach. I emailed him and basically laid out all the issues I'd had and asked him to do the decent thing and hand it back to me and........ he said sure.

    So he sent me a code thru crazy domains of whom I also have an account and it was transfered to me but what I don't get is that whois still shows up as him registering it.

    So has he basically given me ownership to use it but it stay registered with him until the 2 years are up?
     
  8. seomastervang

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    complint to icann