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Namecheap Locked My Account Took My Expired Domain

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by InsanelySane, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. InsanelySane

    InsanelySane Power Member

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    Registered a valuable expired domain with namecheap a few months back. It was a medical term domain and therefore held more value over the typical domains I usually get.

    I go to check the site, and see the default wordpress 2014 theme and sample post up -- hmmm how can this be if I've never put my domain on a host.

    Went to namecheap.com to go into my account and see:

    Everyone who registers domains for PBNs, uses fake info, I have 15 domains with fake info on namecheap, with no issues. I am highly highly convinced that this is solely because its of value because its a medical term.

    Has anyone else had this happen? Seems namecheap is going to be added to my shit list next to godaddy.
     
  2. lucasbraydon

    lucasbraydon Supreme Member

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    Seems like they have already shit listed you first.
     
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  3. upstarter

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    Seems that you know the reason why they did it.
     
  4. jxiong2012

    jxiong2012 Regular Member

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    Next time just add whois privacy?
     
  5. JournoNick

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    Wow! Namecheap doing the dodgy now? They must have bought the book on "How to Godaddy" with a lifetime subscription in ripping people off magazine. It's getting harder to do all this these days, I wouldn't be surprised if Google have a hand in all this, just like the way they screw over the internet archives with Google Books.
     
  6. jxiong2012

    jxiong2012 Regular Member

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    I really don't think impersonation is something that should be allowed. By faking who is information you are basically impersonating someone. By faking whois info you are taking a risk that fraud might be suspected. Think like a normal person, who would spend hundreds on a domain and use fake information? It's just sketchy. What's stopping them from charging back the registrar after transfering the name to a different one?

    If you are faking information, you have to deal with the risk. Otherwise, shell out a couple of bucks for who-is privacy.
     
  7. tony_d

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    Real info with private whois - every time.
     
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  8. wizard04

    wizard04 Elite Member

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    I don't know about the others but this really scare the shit out of me. The ability to take something that is yours and you can't do nothing about it is scary.
     
  9. jxiong2012

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    Don't be sketchy and you won't get screwed.....if I opened a bank account using fake info and if they had any suspicion it was fake info they would freeze my funds instantly. I wouldn't whine about it, as it was the risk I took. Also, there is generally a reclaim time for the original owner to reclaim their domain, which I suspect is what happened..
     
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  10. JournoNick

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    ^^^ This is my point really.

    Also there is nothing stopping you saying you're just providing a service as a web consultant, and whilst the payment process details are in your name, you invoice your clients (people in the who is information) the amount to save them the trouble of dealing with registrars and hosting companies. Just state that you are providing a service and are happy to cooperate to resolve the issue. It worked for me in the past. The main issue is really fraud, so just verify yourself as the person paying for "clients" and it should be good.
     
  11. tony_d

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    Read their TOS, and comply. End of scare.
     
  12. OldFatGuy

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    It's not yours if it doesn't have your name on it. It's the name on the whois that dictates who owns the domain, not what ever name is in the registar account that purchased it.
     
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  13. InsanelySane

    InsanelySane Power Member

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    The only issue with that is;

    1) its a footprint when all sites have private whois,
    2) its unnatural for most sites to have hidden info (especially if it a business/company)
    3) I'm under the impression they could still check because G is a registrar technically or whatever
    4) there have been studies that show that sites have worked better when whois is not private, aka they rank better, whether that correlates to PBN outbound links, I am unsure but think possibly so

    However, thats still looking better than no domain

    You have to get a bit sketchy when doing SEO.

    That was the logic I was getting at as plausible deniability....however the domain was upright taken and gone to another dude
     
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    They have been for a long time and you are right they can check even if you use private whois.
     
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    I was thinking of shift my main domain. But now..... Namecheap is doing cheap things.
     
  16. JournoNick

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    This happened to me very recently with Godaddy. They claim they can't do anything about it and they also claim to be "trying to contact the seller". To be honest I think they're {insert any swear word here} {insert any insult here}.
     
  17. manking

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    So you're saying namecheap is bad company, because you used fake info, and now they took away your account.
     
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    Seems like namecheap has started doing some cheap shit like godaddy. There was a thread few weeks ago about problems with namecheap. I think namecheap is getting strict or in our BHW view, it's losing quality. It's really annoying to lose a domain this way, they should at least hold the domain so we get the chance to have it back. idk if there's any good company which won't do things like this, so we have to keep using namecheap for the time being. :\
     
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    If you paid for it, its fucking yours!
     
  20. Corydoras007

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    Namecheap isn't in the wrong here. You should have used authentic info and opt for private whois even with the footprints issue.

    Think about it... You fucked with them and now they are fucking you back. Even if you paid for the domain that doesnt mean you definitely own it. Right now, contact them and see if you can still fix things out.

    I guarantee other companies besides namcheap do the same to suspected fraudsters.

    Just learn from it and play it safe next time.
     
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