I wrote an article about invalid Whois information on domain names that were transferred to Go Daddy from Moniker, and a representative from GoDaddy followed up to say that the issue was resolved. I experienced something very similar on transfers to Enom, and I hope the company addresses them, especially because these were sales and not simply registrar changes.
Last week, I sold a domain name that I owned in my account at Fabulous and another from my account at Network Solutions. The buyer of these two domain names requested a transfer to Enom, and both domain names made it to Enom (the buyer confirmed the first transfer via email, and I received a Network Solutions transfer confirmation email on the second transfer).
Both domain names now show up as being registered at Enom, but my company’s information is listed as the registrant, despite the transfer.
There are a variety of reasons why I think this is a problem, irrespective of the registrar:
- My deal was finalized using Escrow.com, and if the buyer doesn’t confirm the transfers, it might be more difficult for Escrow.com to see that I actually transferred the domain names.
- I would assume it could make it easier for me to take back the domain name(s) by calling Enom since the Whois information reflects all of my information. Since the names are in the buyer’s account, that may preclude me from this, but I would think it makes social engineering easier.
- I don’t really want to have my name on the Whois information of names I sold. I don’t want people to email me offers for a name I no longer own, nor do I want to receive inquiries about buying similar names from people using Whois information to send emails.
This issue seems like it could be a widespread problem, and I hope it’s addressed. It doesn’t make sense that a transferred domain name would reflect the former owner’s details rather than the account details of the new owner.