Yesterday afternoon, Richard Lau posted an article about NamesCon, a domain conference taking place in January that he is organizing. I want to share a brief story about how I heard of Richard, who I have come to respect over the last several years.
In August of 2007, I received an email from a strange email address:
Dear Domain Buyer,
I want sell my domain name [“redacted.com”] , If you intersted to buy this domain, please send your offer in USD.”
When I did a Whois search and then a historical Whois search for this domain name, alarm bells went off. It seemed pretty obvious to me that the domain name had been stolen because all information was exactly the same in the two Whois records, with the exception of a deceptive email address (think domain name at Hotmail rather than info @ domain name as it had been).
I called the person who was still listed as the registrant, a person who lived in New York City, and we spoke at length about the domain name. The owner confirmed that the domain name had been stolen and was working with someone who had made contact a few hours prior to help get the domain name back. The person who helped recover the domain name (at no cost) was Richard Lau. In looking at the domain name’s current Whois information and website, the person with whom I spoke still owns it and is operating a business on it.
I’ve heard a few stories like this about Richard, and I want to share this one with you.
Since this story was never made public before, I am not going to reveal the domain name. I wanted to share it with you this morning.