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Friday December 31 2004

More Ezinames spam (Bradley Norrish + Craig Oehlers)

Reports are coming in about more spam from Ezinames aka “Domain Name News · 1800 Century Park East · Los Angeles, CA 90025″

A google search shows the abundance of these paricular spams:

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%22Domain+Names+only+%245.95+per+year%22+ezinames&hl=en&lr=&start=0&sa=N&filter=0

Ezinames spam Bradley Norrish Craig Oehlers

Craig Oehlers’ surname appears on some of the image URLs in the spam – http://www.a1info.net/images2/oehlers/9604/register_ad2.jpg

Since Ezinames is operated by an Australian Company – Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd (Bradley Norrish) – they may have breached the Australian Spam Act Cth (2003).

Anyone who has received this spam should report it to the Australian Communications Authority here: https://www.aca.gov.au/secure/complaint_form.htm

Thursday December 30 2004

How to complain about Ezinames (Bradley Norrish)

January 18, 2005 update: Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) has written to domainwatch.org to confirm that they “do not provide merchant services to either Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd or Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd.”

Have you been duped by Ezinames and their $5.95 domain name + $599 web hosting scam?

If you have, then here are the Australian authorities which you can take your complaint to:

To:
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC),
http://www.asic.gov.au/fido/fido.nsf/byheadline/Complaining+about+companies+or+people+FIDO+version?openDocument

Australian Communications Authority (ACA),
https://www.aca.gov.au/secure/complaint_form.htm

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),
http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/393952/fromItemId/274365

Australian Domain Administration Ltd (auDA),
http://www.auda.org.au/form-complaint.php

Western Australian Department of Consumer and Employment Protection (WA DOCEP),
http://www.docep.wa.gov.au/wascamnet.asp?id=help&menu=menu_cp

Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC)
[Customer complaints and feedback link removed - see below]

DO NOT SEND COMPLAINTS TO WESTPAC
January 18, 2005 update:
Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) has written to domainwatch.org to confirm that they “do not provide merchant services to either Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd or Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd.”

Good Morning,

I am writing to report the misleading and deceptive conduct of Ezinames; an Australian domain name registration company.

The scam is described in detail here: http://domainwatch.org/archives/2004/12/27/unsatisfied-ezinames-customer-bradley-norrish/ and is briefly summarised as follows:

  1. The user registers a .com domain name for $US 5.95 per annum, paying by credit card
  2. The package includes a 7 day free web hosting trial (normally $US 599 per annum)
  3. You are told that you can log onto their web control panel and opt out of the trial
  4. When the above is attempted a signed form must be faxed to a New York number
  5. Failure to do the above results in the $US 599 web hosting charge on your credit card

I have not been misled myself, however I am aware of countless others who have been and I wish to lodge this complaint on their behalf.

I maintain a consumer information web site – http://domainwatch.org/ – which has been recording the activities of this company and others who have questionable marketing practices. Information specific to Ezinames is available here: http://domainwatch.org/archives/category/ezinames/

Ezinames previous name was iRegistrations (http://domainwatch.org/archives/category/iregistrations/) which uses very similar tactics to those above.

According to the terms and conditions on their web site (http://www.ezinames.com/index.php?act=other&feat=terms), Ezinames is the trading name for Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 096 256 110) which, according to ASIC, is a deregistered company and is operated by Bradley Norrish of East Perth.

The terms and conditions also refer to Westpac Banking Corporation, which I assume provide merchant facilities for Ezinames.

WESTPAC DOES NOT PROVIDE MERCHANT SERVICES FOR EZINAMES
January 18, 2005 update:
Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) has written to domainwatch.org to confirm that they “do not provide merchant services to either Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd or Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd.”

Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd is known to the ACCC and has permanent injunctions from engaging in false or misleading representations regarding registration and renewal of Internet domain names (http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/331708).

It is also come to my attention that Ezinames is using spam to market its services; http://domainwatch.org/archives/2004/12/12/ezinames-domainenewscom-spam-bradley-norrish/

Please feel free to contact me if you require any other information for your investigations.

Regards

Josh

Ezinames’ web hosting trial is now for only 3 days, not 7 as stated above.

The terms and conditions below imply that you can opt out of the free web hosting trial via their online control panel. The fact that you need to send a signed fax to New York to opt out of the 3 day free web hosting trial, or else you get slugged $599 is not stated at all. This, in my opinion, is misleading and deceptive.

from: http://www.ezinames.com/index.php?act=other&feat=terms

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2.6 Additional Services

2.6.2 Currently each new ezinames account attracts the provision of the following services for the first domain registered from ezinames : Bulk 500MB Hosting account, host up to 20 domains with up to 20,000MB data transfer (20GB), 500x POP email accounts, 20 MySQL Databases, 200 FTP accounts, 200 Mailing Lists, 500 Sub-domains, CGI-Bin, Control Panel, Search engine submission (provided in hosting control panel).

2.6.4 ezinames offers these services free for a trial period of 3 days from the date of domain name registration.

2.6.5 Registrant can cancel these services for any reason during the initial free 3 day trial period without incurring any charge other than that for the domain registration.

2.6.6 Cancellation of Web Hosting can be done by logging into the account and selecting the ‘Cancel Service’ button in the ‘Web Hosting’ area.

2.6.7 Registrant can cancel these services at any time by logging into the account with the associated username and password. Cancellation within the free 3 day trial period incurs no service charges beyond the domain registration.

2.6.8 Non-cancellation within this allocated period constitutes acceptance by the registrant for the continuation of and subsequent billing at the standard rate for these services. Services are provided and billed for on a yearly basis. If services are cancelled during the year service period no pro rata refund of the remainder of the year is available.

2.6.9 Billing after the initial free trial period is by direct debit from the registrants nominated credit card at the rate of $US595 for 1 year service period. This charge will be billed in $AU at the then current exchange rate as provided at www.x-rates.com

2.6.11 Should ezinames receive an RFI (Request For Information) from the credit card processor regarding any charge to the registrants nominated credit card (including but not limited to fees for domain registration, hosting, or search engine submission) then ezinames shall immediately gain full ownership, control and possession of the domain name involved. The domain may be returned when the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The registrant will also be liable to pay ezinames an RFI administrative fee of $US30.00.

2.6.12 Should ezinames receive an RFI (Request For Information) from the credit card processor regarding any charge to the registrants nominated credit card (including but not limited to fees for domain registration, hosting, or search engine submission) then the registrant will be required to sign and return all necessary transaction acceptance documentation requested by ezinames by fax to ezinames within 48 hours of ezinames sending this documentation by email, sending being defined as when it leaves ezinames servers not when the customer reads the email.

2.6.13 Should any fees charged by ezinames to the registrants nominated credit card for the account be charged back (including but not limited to fees for domain registration, hosting, or search engine submission) then ezinames shall gain full ownership, control and possession of the domain name involved. The registrant will also be liable to pay ezinames a chargeback administrative fee of $30.00.

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Monday December 27 2004

Unsatisfied Ezinames customer (Bradley Norrish)

It would seem as though Ezinames is re-enacting the same business practices of it’s predecessor iRegistrations, read on below …

from: whois.nic.us

Results:
Not found: the-stupid-it-burns.us

>>>> Whois database was last updated on: Sat Dec 25 10:10:57 GMT 2004 < <<<

from: http://capitalism.kicks-ass.net/bhm/index.php?p=742

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Bullet Holed Messenger

12/9/2004 Angst – Worrying about too much shit
Filed under: * Minutae — Korgmeister @ 2:02 am

I’m also worried because I finally decided to register a domain on a whim, that domain being the-stupid-it-burns.us
The trouble is the outfit I registered it with, Ezinames seems to be somewhat shonky. They said in their Terms and Conditions they would provide a 7 day free trial of web hosting, after which it would be charged at the extortionate rate of $599US per year. However, it said you could just log into your domain management panel and turn it off at any time.

OK, seemed easy. Except for one thing, it wants me to verify my account by printing out this form with my credit card details (which I’d already given to them) and then faxing it to some number in America.

At this point I would like to ask – Hello! Are we in the fucking 1980s here?
Just about any goddamn two-bit operation can set up an secure credit card gateway and these fools want me to fax something with their signature on it to America? That dog won’t fucking hunt.

Anyway, on the control panel it says I have no domains but I received an automated e-mail saying the web hosting for the-stupid-it-burns.us has been activated. This confuses me no end, of course. But for good measure I decided to send a help-desk ticket requesting that the web hosting for that domain be immediately canceled.

I have no idea how this is going to turn out. Possible scenarios include.

#1 – Ezinames welcomes the 21st century, verifies my credit card and lets me turn off the fucking webhosting. (Good thing)

#2 – Ezinames refuses to acknowledge my credit card, cancels my account because I’m not going to pay them. (Nothing lost, nothing gained)

#3 – Ezinames fails to give me the domain, but bills me for the webhosting to this fictitious domain. (World of Pain)

Frankly, if they try anything funny they haven’t got a legal leg to stand on. Firstly, they’re based in Perth, Australia, so they have to comply with the Fair Trading Act, which forbids misleading and deceptive conduct and frankly I can call Consumer Affairs and make their lives very unpleasant. Also, if they try to bill my credit card for that insane sum, it will bounce. Finally, they violated their own Terms & Conditions, which stated I could turn off the free webhosting trial at any point I wanted. There’s few things as fun as explaining to someone that you’ve just hoisted them on their own legal petard.

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from: http://capitalism.kicks-ass.net/bhm/index.php?p=743

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15/9/2004 Job stuff, flying around, trippy stuff & Cardinal Virtues
Filed under: * Minutae — Korgmeister @ 9:30 pm

Also, I put $220 on my credit card instead of $200 which was silly. I want as little money on that thing as possible lest the Sheisters at Ezinames try to fuck me over for $599US for hosting I said I didn’t want on a domain they claim they haven’t got around to registering. (BTW in case you didn’t get the drift, don’t have any fucking dealings with Ezinames, they suck)

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Sunday December 12 2004

Ezinames domainenews.com spam (Bradley Norrish)

There have been reports that Ezinames is sending spam disguised as a domain name news e-newsletter.

Ezinames domainenews.com spam email Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd (Bradley Norrish)

Since Ezinames is operated by an Australian Company – Internet Registrations Australia Pty Ltd (Bradley Norrish) – they may have breached the Spam Act Cth (2003).

Anyone who has received this spam should report it to the Australian Communications Authority here: https://www.aca.gov.au/secure/complaint_form.htm

domainenews.com opt-out spammers
http://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/sbl.lasso?query=SBL19233

from: http://groups.google.com.au/groups?hl=en&lr=&th=6d7c854b0dbcd86d&seekm=200409152311.i8FNBZGx017665%40anthem.async.com.br

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1800 Century Park East Los Angeles CA 90025

You can remove yourself from this newsletter list and stop receiving Domain Name News Updates by sending an email to remove@domainenews.com with “remove” in the subject line.

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from: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?threadid=315894

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dmaven

Interesting spam from ezinames

I got this “Domain Name News” from ezinames, loaded with banners to their 5.95 scam iregistrations/ezinames domains or useless site submit. I never subscribed or used their service. Anyone else get this?

acts837

I received that this morning. They must be digging through whois emails because that is my address they sent it to.

dmaven

Update for those interested

I have been getting the same email nearly twice a week. Even reporting to spamcop does not help.

These people are a joke

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from: whois.enom.com

Registration Service Provided By: iRegistrations.com
Contact: info@iregistrations.com
Visit: http://www.iregistrations.com

Domain name: domainenews.com

Registrant Contact:

Domain E-News (info@domainenews.com)
+1.3326232356
Fax: +.
1800 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90025
US

Administrative Contact:

Domain E-News (info@domainenews.com)
+1.3326232356
Fax: +.
1800 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90025
US

Technical Contact:

Domain E-News (info@domainenews.com)
+1.3326232356
Fax: +.
1800 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90025
US

Billing Contact:

Domain E-News (info@domainenews.com)
+1.3326232356
Fax: +.
1800 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90025
US

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
dns1.name-services.com
dns2.name-services.com
dns3.name-services.com
dns4.name-services.com
dns5.name-services.com

Creation date: 11 Aug 2004 23:43:54
Expiration date: 11 Aug 2005 23:43:54

Thursday December 2 2004

The battle against domain name fraud (Chesley Rafferty)

Filed under: Chesley Rafferty, Domain Names Australia — Josh @ 2:01 pm

The following article about Domain Names Australia (Chesley Rafferty) is from the APC Magazine:

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Exchange – Chris Disspain
http://www.apcmag.com/apc/v3.nsf/print/8CE35FCC8C60D151CA256F4D002752BD

Wednesday 24, November 2004

By Dan Warne

Meet the man in the front line of the battle against domain name fraud.

Thousands of Australians have lost money to Internet domain name scams, particularly those who registered domains through Domain Names Australia (DNA). We put some of the most common complaints to Chris Disspain, CEO of the Australian Domain Name Authority (auDA).

What’s the progress on getting money back for Domain Names Australia victims?

DNA has appealed to the full bench of the Federal Court. Our message remains firm: we are committed to getting a result from the court stating that DNA’s behaviour isn’t acceptable so we can proceed with a class action in order to get money back to consumers.

How can a domain registrar afford to fight a drawn out legal battle?

Very simply — 9,000 people paid them $237 for a domain name which in many cases hasn’t been registered yet. There’s an awful lot of cash there for a fighting fund.

What lessons have been learnt from the DNA saga?

The biggest lesson for us is that we need to educate small business and the public about auDA and the code of practice around domain name registrations.

AuDA isn’t a government body — we can only “govern by contract”. Unfortunately, DNA was just buying domains like any other person “walking in off the street” and then reselling them. It wasn’t a contracted and accredited registrar. Entities such as law firms, accountants and ISPs can legitimately manage domains on behalf of customers without necessarily being accredited — DNA is the only company we’ve had problems with. If it became a growing problem we would go back to government for a legislative solution.

[more]

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