Well, today I got a rather interesting email. Apparently some load that should have been swallowed has decided that since my domain name is not registered in the .com top level domain he would register it for a pittance and offer it to me for $99 (I figure at least a 2000% markup) which at the end I have no doubts he still retains ownership and I get “control” through his domain reselling account. Considering that if I paid my normal registrar $99 I’d get the domain for 5 years you can see how much he’s trying to rape people. Being as I’m a tad more network savvy than most (former mail admin for an ISP, former programmer for another ISP, blah, blah, blah) I decided to give him exactly what he deserved.
Here is his post, edited to protect the innocent.
Hi, The domain blahblahblah <http://www.domainguardsystem.com/domaininfo.php?e=10675195&r=14563410> has recently become available for us so we are offering it to you, because you are the owner of its .org version. Domain Guard System is intended to assist our clients with their promotion on the Internet. We use many methods to increase the effectiveness of a client's presence on the Web. Securing .com domains for anyone using another extension for their site is one of them. There are several reasons why owning a .com is of great importance for any domain holder: - It's in the essense of Internet: .com is most popular and widely used, and the typical user usually supposes that he/she will find you at blahblahblah <http://www.domainguardsystem.com/domaininfo.php?e=102435324565195&r=1353263462610>. A lot of companies and organizations who use other extensions as primary (.net for Web services or private sites, .org for non-profit organizations etc.) are securing .coms not to lose the visitors who are seeking them there. With .com, you will be free to use both your .org and .com so you will only gain visitors. - By owning the .com, you will be sure to stay #1 in your own name space. If you are interested in this domain, please act quickly, as we soon intend to bring it to the auction where the acquisition cost will be higher than now. Please use the link below to discover the current cost of the domain, read more about the advantages of owning a .com and get information on the details of the purchase and domain transfer procedure: Secure blahblah now! <http://www.domainguardsystem.com/view.php?e=3463465195&r=46436362610"> Best regards, Dan Johnson Domain Guard System mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
And without further ado, my reply.
On Mon, December 8, 2008 8:11 am, Dan Johnson wrote: > The domain blahblahblah > <http://www.domainguardsystem.com/domaininfo.php?e=106785195&r=4434434y677> has > recently become available for us so we are offering it to you, because you > are the owner of its .org version. Translation. Dan Johnson is a worthless sack of putrescence who purchases domains at the low cost of $5/year (probably less since he has an Enom reseller license) in a TLD different than the one of the target domain. This waste of human feces then emails a scary email to whom he hopes is a chump that is willing to pony up $99/year so they can get "control" through his reseller account at Enom and continue to fork over money every year based on his scare tactics. Well, Mr. Dines on Sperm Johnson, given that in the 10 or so years blahblahblah has been registered by me blahblahblah.com .net and .tld of any other kind has never been registered, enjoy your property for however long you registered it. I know it cost you about as much as you charge your back alley tricks for a handjob so I cannot take any solace in the fact that it might lead to your financial ruin. I'm sure you have a steady stream of Johns up there at 185 Torresdale Ave., North York, Ontario M2R 3E5, Canada who want to just keep warm for a few scant minutes in your loving hand. Who knows, maybe just one of them will read this and feels shamed knowing the street whore they're having beat them off is so low as to try to scam people they'll call 1-845-704-7378 and cancel future love sessions. I can only hope.
Not my best but certainly not my worst, either.