I received an email from the support email address at DropCatch.com informing me about a “fraudulent bidder” that was caught bidding on domain names. Apparently, the bidder impacted an auction I was bidding on, and the auction is going to be restarted. I am not sure which auction it was since that was not mentioned in the email.
Without mentioning the domain name, I can only assume I was not the winning bidder. I don’t think this would be an appropriate means of communication to let me know a name I won is going to be re-auctioned. If that were the case, I would hope they would give me the option of a refund up to the amount the bidder bid up my auction – or at least give me the opportunity to refuse the re-auction since that might drive up the price again.
I have not received an email like this from DropCatch.com, so I can’t speculate about whether this is a one-off incident or if this happens more often and I just don’t bid on enough domain names there. People who bid more regularly than me can comment about whether they have seen an email like this before.
Here’s the email I received:
It has come to our attention that a fraudulent bidder was participating in several auctions and you are being sent this message as these actions have directly affected an auction you have were participating in. All actions that have been tarnished by this fraudulent activity will be re-started in order to maintain the integrity of our platform and the auction process. As such all previous bids will be null and void. The fraudulent bidder has been suspended from our platform and will be dealt with as appropriate.
The DropCatch Team