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Thretened with Interpol if I don't transfera domain back lol

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by FrozenSpade, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. FrozenSpade

    FrozenSpade Power Member

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    1 month ago I purchased a domain via godaddy auctions. Lets call it site1.com. I am currently using this domain.
    A few days ago I was called by an unknown/hidden number. This person told me he is the representative of the company who owned site1.com before and they want their domain back because I got the domain illegally (which is not true. I got it from godaddy auctions). I said ok, they can have it back (I thought I'd sell it to them for a good price), but I can't talk on the phone right now and he should send me his details via email.

    He then insisted that this is a serious matter, and if I don't transfer the domain back, then I will hear from the Interpol representative in my country. I lol'd and told him again, he should send me some notification letter via email with all details.

    Today I got some shitty letter and I'm asking myself if this could possibly be legit? Everything seems like a scam: he called me with a hidden number, he didn't tell me his name, he didn't tell me his email address, in the notification letter he misspelled my name and email address. I'm sure this is 99,99% a scam. What do you think?
     
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  2. Trepanated

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    It's complete bollocks.

    Even if the person was representing the previous domain owner they would not approach you in this manner.

    Interpol? - brilliant.
     
  3. FrozenSpade

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    BTW there is no sender (no name, no address, no nothing). - There is some fake name at the end of the letter. But shouldn't these letters be sent out by lawyers?
     
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    You should contact godaddy just to be sure. It sounds like the guy forgot to buy his domain back or something and he really want's it back. I think you're good. Let us know what happened. :)
     
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    You've already said it yourself. They want to take you on a fast one.
     
  6. FrozenSpade

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    Already did after the phone call. They checked my account, and said that the company should contact them with proof. Until then I'm safe. But now I'm wondering if this guy really is from that company, and can prove it to godaddy, can I lose that domain, even if I'm the new owner?
     
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    Yes - either a lawyer or an official letter from the previous domain owner.

    That's not a legitimate letter.

    A previous owner could potentially have a legal case for getting the domain back, but this is definitely not the way they would go about it.
     
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  8. Christian B

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    Hello,

    Tell him that Interpol doesn't care about domain transfer. Why not the NSA ? Or the Men In Black ?

    Interpol... WTF!
     
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  9. skyward

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    Funny you even considered him legit for a moment.Check the previous owner of the domain, or other bidders if thats possible.
     
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    In my view, it's entirely a load of crap.

    In case you don't share my view - check archive.org, get the previous owners contact details, and pick up the phone and call them. Then you'll know it's crap :)
     
  11. JamesPat

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    Be 100% sure that its a scam. But very entertaining :D Interpol? Seriously? ha ha !!
     
  12. IMpossible

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    Just wait and if the situation gets out of control - hand the letter to the police or even better - to a lawyer.
     
  13. Magic5

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    Its obviously a scam they dont call you the solicitors/lawyers just mail you and mail you and start charging for each letter i know because i know someone that had this happen for real.
     
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    I think I'd 0.01% up that to 100%. Why the hell will interpol be interested in a domain name? Beats me how people expect others with brains to swallow that. But then people have fallen for far less, so don't fit yourself in that column...And quite frankly, there should be some form of compensation if he wants the domain back.
     
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    It must be some fellow guy who lost it at the auctions!
    just ignore and move on!

    don't you have whois protection enabled on your domain?
     
  16. FrozenSpade

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    I was the only bidder. No I have no privacy as godaddy's private whois is too expensive imo. I usually buy domains from the auction and transfer them to other registrars later.
     
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    You need WHOIS protection if you are using expired domains for niche sites or building PBNs. Regarding the threat, pay no attention to the guy. You won't lose the domain. You won it, paid for it, and so it's legally yours.
     
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    Somebody forgot to bid before the auction closed I guess.
     
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    This would be a civil matter; Interpol does not mess in civil matters, do they?

    The guy needs to be drug tested.
     
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    OP, ignore it, it is complete nonsense.
    Personally, I would spend some free time dicking the guy around just to wind him up but that is just me.
    Don't offer to sell it, offer to transfer it once they have paid a $5000 processing fee.