A rather alarming thread over at DNForum unravels the plight of a buyer from Turkey, who paid a four-figure sum for a LLLL .com domain.
At least, that’s what he thought he was getting.
The seller, apparently posting from a hijacked member account, claimed that he was offering for sale the domain name MOIL.com.
Notice the capitalization; in lower case, the domain would be moil.com
The buyer sent payment via PayPal, only to receive the domain name RNOIL.com – or, rnoil.com in lower case.
Clearly a scam, as the RNOIL.com domain was registered yesterday and the “r” and “n” letters together are made to look like an “m”.
And that’s why I don’t buy domains on weekends, at least not from people I have not transacted with in the past: one cannot call the phone number in the WHOIS and verify if indeed the domain is for sale.
MOIL.com belongs to a Texan company and the URL brings up a password-protected area.
Read the full drama here.