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Friday January 6 2006

Amende de € 1,4 million pour deux fraudeurs (Bradley Norrish + Chesley Rafferty)

from: http://www.domainesinfo.fr/article.php?art_id=813 (French)

Translated into English by Google: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.domainesinfo.fr%2Farticle.php%3Fart_id%3D813&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&prev=%2Flanguage_tools

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Amend € 1,4 million for two defrauders
4 Jan 2006

An Australian court has just sent a very clear signal to the swindlers: to give false opinion of expiry or recording of domain names is a serious, detrimental act and severely punished.

To have usurped the law from the copyright, two defrauders have just bailed out of a fine of 2,3 million Australian dollars, that is to say a little more than 1,4 million euros.

An exemplary judgment for a couple of swindler emblematic. Because Brad Norrish and Chesley Rafferty made much speak about them since two years and half. The two “contractors” had succeeded in plundering the base of data WHOIS of the English register Nominet, thus obtaining the co-ordinates of owners of domain names.

They had used this information to make false opinion and to send them within the framework of mailings of mass to the owners of names. The opinions, seemingly very official, tried to convince the “victim” to pay at the full price is the renewal of a name which it did not even have, that is to say the recording of a name “potentially interesting” for this victim and currently available.

Serious consequences

Approximately 50 000 owners of names would have been concerned with this operation, launched while using companies like Domain Names Australia (DNA) based in Melbourne in Australia.

The consequences of this business had been very serious since Nominet, which carried felt sorry for against the two men in 2003, was obliged temporarily to close its base WHOIS to protect it.

In addition, in Australia, several governmental organizations gathered to prevent this kind of swindle. An interesting initiative at the time when, in France, one has noted for a few months a recrudescence of attempts at frauds. Thus several known companies would have been contacted by so-called registry offices indicating to them that they had just received a request for recording on names attacking the laws the company. The latter then saw herself encouraging to record the names “in a preventive way” by the company in question.

Source:
The Australian

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Friday November 25 2005

Domain slammer Rafferty bust (Chesley Rafferty)

Domain slammer Rafferty bust
http://www.computerworld.co.nz/cw.nsf/UNID/D8CC28D9395E03B0CC2570C4000E7B55

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The pigeons have come home to roost of Chesley Rafferty, of Domain Names Australia/America infamy. Rafferty sent out countless letters which looked like invoices to domain name holders, telling them that their registration was about to expire and asked for hundreds of dollars to renew them.

By Juha Saarinen, Auckland | Friday, 25 November, 2005

Domain slammer Rafferty bust

The pigeons have come home to roost of Chesley Rafferty, of Domain Names Australia/America infamy. Rafferty sent out countless letters which looked like invoices to domain name holders, telling them that their registration was about to expire and asked for hundreds of dollars to renew them.

Nobody knows exactly how much money Rafferty made from the scam, but some reckon it’s millions. The Commerce Commission alone stopped over $500,000 worth of credit card transactions going into a Swiss bank account in Rafferty and fellow slammer Bradley Norrish’s names. The pair also raided the Nominet whois database for .uk, and hit British domain name holders with a mass mailout from Internet Registry UK, asking them for £175 fees.

Whereas our Commerce Commission didn’t take legal action against Rafferty, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission did, and also the Australian Domain Administration, which manages the .au namespace. They went after Rafferty in 2002 and last year, the Australian Federal Court found Rafferty guilty of breaching the Trade Practices Act, and ordered him to pay costs to the ACCC and auDA.

Both the ACCC and auDA petioned for Paul Chesley Rafferty, 26, to be made bankrupt, but it seems he beat them to it and fell on his own sword instead. Norrish meanwhile seems to be busy still through his Internet Registrations Worldwide company that has registered around 2,000 .us domains. He is also involved in a premium-rate SMS scheme whereby people are lured into entering a competition to win a plasma TV if they sign up for a horoscope service at A$2.50 per message.

Incidentally, Rafferty is not a friend of the FryUp. It appears he took umbrage to us describing him as a “scammer”. He was “embarrassed” for the FryUp that we didn’t bother to find out any factual detail and he threatened to sue unless we printed a retraction, as those without leg to stand on sometimes do. Check out the FryUp below for our response. Ah, good times. Good times.
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Monday October 24 2005

Web names boss on bankruptcy list (Chesley Rafferty)

Filed under: Chesley Rafferty, Domain Names Australia — Josh @ 7:22 am

Web names boss on bankruptcy list (requires subscription)
http://www.theage.com.au/news/fulldisclosure/web-names-boss-on-bankruptcy-list/2005/10/23/1130006002477.html

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Web names boss on bankruptcy list
By Helen Westerman and Rebecca Urban
FULL DISCLOSURE
October 24, 2005

A SHONKY businessman who misled tens of thousands of businesses into buying domain names that they did not need has been declared bankrupt.

Chesley Rafferty, a former director of the rather official sounding Domain Names Australia, filed for bankruptcy this month, after two creditors petitioned for his bankruptcy.

The Federal Court last year found that Rafferty, 26, was guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct under the Trades Practices Act.

The company would send letters to businesses that were dressed up to look like invoices, asking them to register their domain name for $237 by a due date. And because the fee was a relatively small sum for many organisations, it was often processed with little scrutiny.

It is believed that he reaped millions.

Rafferty later appealed against the court’s decision but lost, and has been issued with an injunction forbidding him from committing further breaches.

He was also ordered to pay costs, which has obviously proved a problem given the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the self-regulating domain industry body, both of which took court action, have served bankruptcy notices on Rafferty to recoup their costs.

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Friday October 21 2005

Chesley Rafferty bankrupt

Filed under: Chesley Rafferty, Domain Names Australia — Josh @ 8:28 pm

Chesley Rafferty has declared himself bankrupt in a statement to the .au DNS List.

Chesley Rafferty and Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd were found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct by an Australian Federal Court.

from: http://dotau.org/archive/2005-10/0085.html

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From: Chesley Rafferty <chesleyau @yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu Oct 20 2005 – 15:20:03 UTC

It’s hard to find a good excuse to drink on a random
Friday but I’ve managed to find one.

As of 14/10/05 I am bankrupt – so crack the Dom
Perignon and drink away – of course I won’t be able to
join you unless you’re buying!

I look forward to seeing you guys back on the scene in
October 2008.

Love

Ches

PS If anyone has need for a sales/marketing manager in
between – just drop me a line.

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Monday July 11 2005

Explorer Domains warns against Chesley Rafferty

Filed under: Chesley Rafferty, Domain Names Australia — Josh @ 10:34 pm

Explorer Domains (auDA Accredited Registrar) apparently supplied domain names for Chesley Rafferty’s Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd business.

Chesley Rafferty and Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd were found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct by an Australian Federal Court.

Explorer Domains now seems to have had it’s hand bitten with potentially similar misleading and deceptive practices by Chesley Rafferty.

URGENT DOMAIN NOTICE
Eddie Friday 03 Jun 14:08:23
http://www.explorer.net.au/news_viewer.php

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Have you received a letter titled URGENT DOMAIN NOTICE in regards to one of your domain names? This notice is not an official communication from Explorer Domains or any of our partners.

It has come to our attention that a number of Domain Registrants with domain names on the Explorer system have received a notice from Chesley Rafferty, former managing director of Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd.

Explorer Domains has NOT been involved in the generation of these notices, nor do we condone their contents.

If you have received such a notice and wish to renew your domain name, we advise that you contact us as soon as possible, and we will put you in touch with the Explorer Domains Partner who manages your domain.

Please do not follow the How To Renew instructions contained within the notice without first speaking to us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Explorer Domains directly on 1300 788 633.

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If you have received a marketing notice from Chesley Rafferty and you wish to lodge a formal complaint, we advise that you immediately contact:

Click on this link for more information on how to complain about billing scams.

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