FTC Puts Stop to Domain-Name Registration Scheme

Kara Reeder

Computerworld reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced that Judge Robert Dow Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, has ordered a Canadian business that was posing as a domain-name registrar to halt operation.

 

In 2008, the FTC brought suit against a business called 1646153 Ontario, accusing the company of sending fake domain-name invoices to small businesses and other organizations telling them to pay for an annual "website address listing." The FTC says the invoices made the targeted customers believe they had to pay the fees to keep their domain-name registrations.

 

Defendant Steven Dale has been ordered to pay nearly $4.3 million in a default judgment.



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Aug 13, 2010 9:34 AM Christian SEO Christian SEO  says:

I get this type of mail often and wonder how many people get scammed. It's a shame because there are reputable SEO companies and domain companies that do great jobs! Glad they good one of the bad guys - I'm sure there are a lot more out there that need to be caught and put in prison.

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