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    Default Whats the deal with Icann?

    I got a notice from them about my website details.

    I never heard of them when I had websites years ago.

    Is this for real?

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    Can you give us a little more info on what they're saying, Ama?

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    They sent me an email saying i need to verify that
    all my information on domain ownership is correct.
    If it is leave it alone, if not they gave me a link to follow.
    As I never heard of it, is this a scam or someone trying to steal my domain name?

    I looked them up on the internet and see they do exist, but what is thier purpose and why are they sending me a letter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amatrine
    They sent me an email saying i need to verify that
    all my information on domain ownership is correct.
    If it is leave it alone, if not they gave me a link to follow.
    As I never heard of it, is this a scam or someone trying to steal my domain name?

    I looked them up on the internet and see they do exist, but what is thier purpose and why are they sending me a letter?

    Ama
    Ive received a few of those emails, i think there legit - just a heads up for people with incorrect whois info, if your whois info is incorrect you can lose the domain.
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    ICANN is more than legit, they are responsible for the management of DNS and the IP Address Space.


    See xhttp://www.icann.org/general/ (remove the x)

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    ICANN is indeed legitimate. However, make sure that your are actually going to their website when you click the link.

    Just to be on the safe side.

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    I noticed my zip code is off my one number, agg
    so they can take my domain away for that?

    Now I need to figure out who to email.

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    If there are any inaccuracies in your whois information, then you NEED to correct them with your Registrar.


    The notices from ICANN are simply for letters reminding domain name owners of the rules.

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    Take Doolally's advice first and make sure that the
    e-mail link is legitimate, and it doesn't take you to
    a scammer's fake site. Scammers will try to get
    your information anyway that they can these days.

    If it is a legitimate e-mail, then by all means.. update
    your domain records through your original registry.

    Just because ICANN is sending out these notices,
    doesn't mean that a scammer isn't sending them
    out too. Some days, I receive more scam e-mails
    than anything else.. so just check it out first.
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    ok, I sent in the correct zip.

    Thanks everyone. Wow, domain name police. What next,lol

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    The icann link in the e-mails are only to a site that confirms you have read their e-mail. If you ever end up on a page requesting more information then it's a scam.
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    ICANN doesn't have day to day interest in domain names, it assigns IPs and generally oversees the domain industry. It is unlikely that they would be writing to you unless they had received a formal complaint.

    For .coms, the registry is run by Verisign, and they have a number of approved registrars. These in turn have authorised resellers who may have sites of their own. For example namecheap is an Enom reseller. Any emails regarding your domain name maintenance and renewal should come from your registrar, and nobody else. I had a couple of notes recently about some of my domains. I had forgotten to update an old address in them. The note came from my registrar, and was probably triggered by contact from the new occupier of the property.

    You should never follow links from emails. At best you just confirm your address, and you may be sent to a spoofed site. For your domains, you should always use the password protected maintenance page on your registrars site.

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    The letter I got had all my registared information on it which I realize is public information.

    It had a link to lycos, whom I bought my domain name thorugh. At first I clicked the link, but it wantedm y password, and I closed it. I then went into lycos myself and emailed them the correct zip code to fix it. So I hope all is good. At the bottom of the letter I was sent,it said if information is correct , disregard this notice.

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    One more question, what would the point be of spoofing icann ? What are they trying to gain?

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    Spoofing ICANN with a situation such as yours is a phishing expedition.

    They would have a page set up to capture your domain name, username and password from your registrar.

    Then after having this info, they simply log in to your registrar, unlock the domain transfer if it exists, and transfer ownership of the domain name to themselves.

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    The domain world is full of scams and frauds starting at the top. Verisign tried to steal traffic by claiming all unregistered domains for example. I expect we are all familiar with the false and overpriced renewal notices from organisations like "The domain registry of America" which isn't even a registrar let alone a registry.

    There are also lists of active domains with expired hotmail adresses as the registrant contact. You can purchase these and use them to steal domains.

    The latest registrar scam is the mock redemption period with no ability to renew. They then claim your name and put it up for auction.

    There are also scams by the buyers.

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    ICANN was all over the news today. It seems the UN wanted to take control of ICANN from the private company that runs it in the US.

    xhttp://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,175096,00.html
    I heard today that the UN decided not to persue the issue any longer for fear of other govts supressing the freedom of domain use.
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    That is pretty scarey. It could start battles in issues of religion, and free speech. If they have world wide regulation and you break a rule , are you an international criminal now? Thats too much. Hopefully
    that does not happen.

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    Actually the problems stem from american restrictions. You know that they have driven online casinos out of America. The flawed US legal system encouraged the growth of extortionists like Acacia, and Microsofts piracy and stealing of common usage words. It didn't help that they gave in to corporate interests and legalised spam either.

    Have a look at this article and you will see why people are worried about an infrastructure that has been created by the US, and think it's time to remove the vigorous US protection of the surfer abuse mechanisms.
    http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,...ory_page_prev2

    Of course Sony is not a US company, but it shows how people are exploiting the lack of surfer knowledge to use the designed in weaknesses of the system. It's time to remove the big corporate/government spyware roads from the net.

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    Isnt there some vote comming up to allow online casinos in america , taxed of course. Seems I remember
    reading that somewhere.

    I agree it is getting pretty bad with all the spyware, malware etc. It ruined my last computer. Drive crashed.

    At least I got a better one now, but for how long,lol

    Ama

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