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Follow-Up on USPS FakeChecks.org Campaign

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Yesterday I blogged about the USPS’ new anti-scam campaign directing people to FakeChecks.org. The whole point of my post wasn’t to criticize the Postal Service – I think the campaign is smart and the message is good. However, I believe there is a good chance many viewers will end up on the wrong website, not owned by the USPS.

A perfect example can be found on the KETV 3 website, a Santa Barbara news station. Directly from their website:

“According to the US Postal Service, scam victims lose $3,500 on average and are often responsible to repay banks for the money lost. The Post Service met with officials and residents to issue warnings and give tips on how you can avoid being scammed. The US Postal Service and Postal Inspection Service have set up a website at www.fakechecks.com so you can report fraudulent activity.”

Whether we like it or not, many people automatically assume a domain name is a .com no matter what the extension is. This confusion could potentially lead people to the wrong website, as can be seen by this inadvertant news article.

New Email Scam

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New e-mail scam: Hit-man threat
The Boston Globe had an article about an email scam that is making its way into inboxes around the country. The email informs the recipient that a “hit” has been taken out either on the person or a loved one, and they must pay a sum of money to remove the hit. Although the email would certainly be immediately recognized as a scam by recipients, it can be unnerving to receive an email like this. According to the article,

“The FBI received 115 complaints of similar e-mails reaching people across the country in less than a month last winter, according to its Web site. The e-mails vary only in the amount of money demanded, ranging as high as $80,000.” Source: The Boston Globe

The FBI has a website that offers warnings and information about email and online scams. Additionally, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) also offers people the opportunity to report cyber crimes.

As always, never click on links in emails – especially when they are from unknown individuals. If you are ever in doubt about an email you receive, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Another Tool from DomainTools

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DomainTools Announces the Public Launch of Registrant Search

Jay Westerdahl’s DomainTools team has just added another useful tool to its portfolio. Registrant Search allows users to do a reverse domain search to see what domains a person or company owns. It can also be used for other reverse searches, such as a geographic search to see how many domain names are registered in a particular town (28,412 in Nashua, NH for example).

Until today, this tool has been in use by DomainTools staff for 8 years, available only upon special request. Although I don’t really have much use for the tool, it is interesting to see what other domain names companies or individuals own. The only downside to this tool is the expense, but Jay said that the price may come down depending on the amount of use.

Congrats to Jay the DomainTools staff for their continued outstanding work.

Moniker TRAFFIC Live Auction List

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I received the Moniker TRAFFIC live auction list via email today. At first glance, it looks like there are many non-.com names in the list. Below is the list. I bolded the names I believe have very good  reserve prices. This could be a record setting auction.

Live Auction Order:

1 TickerSymbols.info No Reserve
2 MotorPool.com No Reserve
3 ComicBookStore.com $5,001 – $10,000
4 ChineseCheckers.com $1 – $5,000
5 SpeakerOfTheHouse.com $1 – $5,000
6 PhotographyEquipment.com $1 – $5,000
7 StreetMaps.net $1 – $5,000
8 ArtDecoFurniture.com $1 – $5,000
9 Deposit.net $5,001 – $10,000
10 RepossessedCars.com $5,001 – $10,000
11 TuxedoRental.com $25,001 – $50,000
12 VoiceRecognitionSoftware.com $25,001 – $50,000
13 EmergencyLoan.com $5,001 – $10,000
14 MassachusettsRealEstate.com $100,001 – $250,000
15 DownloadMovies.net No Reserve
16 VirtualOfficeSpace.com $1 – $5,000
17 Poker.mobi $5,001 – $10,000
18 DiscountTours.com $5,001 – $10,000
19 Borrow.net $5,001 – $10,000
20 OfficeSupplyStores.com $10,001 – $25,000
21 DogBoarding.com $10,001 – $25,000
22 SchoolTeacher.com $25,001 – $50,000
23 TennisRackets.com $50,001 – $100,000
24 QuickPay.com $1 – $5,000
25 Podiatrists.com $100,001 – $250,000
26 Wifi.us $5,001 – $10,000
27 Cash.mobi $1 – $5,000
28 Debit.com $100,001 – $250,000
29 PrimeInterestRate.com $5,001 – $10,000
30 411Information.com $1 – $5,000
31 HomeBudget.com $5,001 – $10,000
32 CheckCashingService.com $5,001 – $10,000
33 News.mobi $1 – $5,000
34 HomeBasedBusinesses.com $10,001 – $25,000
35 Cholesterol.net $10,001 – $25,000
36 CateringService.com $10,001 – $25,000
37 Invest.net $25,001 – $50,000
38 AutoFinancing.com $25,001 – $50,000
39 BullDozers.com $50,001 – $100,000
40 House.net $100,001 – $250,000
41 CrosswordPuzzles.com $100,001 – $250,000
42 Investment.com $750,001 – $1MM
43 NewYorkCityMuseums.com $1 – $5,000
44 DiscountSoftware.net $5,001 – $10,000
45 CemeteryPlots.com $10,001 – $25,000
46 CysticFibrosis.org $10,001 – $25,000
47 EuropeanVacations.com $10,001 – $25,000
48 GlobalPositioningSystem.com $25,001 – $50,000
49 PensionPlan.com $50,001 – $100,000
50 SportsScores.com $50,001 – $100,000
51 WallStreet.com $1MM – $5MM
52 GolfClubs.net $10,001 – $25,000
53 BankAuctions.com $10,001 – $25,000
54 DiscountCruises.org $1 – $5,000
55 VirusProtectionSoftware.com $10,001 – $25,000
56 TeenChat.net $25,001 – $50,000
57 PaymentCalculator.com $25,001 – $50,000
58 Promotion.com $50,001 – $100,000
59 Taxes.com $1MM – $5MM
60 FastMortgages.com $50,001 – $100,000
61 Email.mobi $1 – $5,000
62 Buy.mobi $1 – $5,000
63 FinancialCounseling.com $1 – $5,000
64 IndustrialEngineering.com $5,001 – $10,000
65 Lotto.info $5,001 – $10,000
66 SportsAuction.com $10,001 – $25,000
67 WoodCabinets.com $10,001 – $25,000
68 Computer.com $1MM – $5MM
69 DigitalCertificates.com $10,001 – $25,000
70 DelawareInsurance.com $5,001 – $10,000
71 ProfessionalShoppers.com $1 – $5,000
72 ConcertTicketsOnline.com $1 – $5,000
73 FreeMovies.net $5,001 – $10,000
74 MedicalTranscriptionService.com $10,001 – $25,000
75 Aids.net $25,001 – $50,000
76 ChocolateCandy.com $25,001 – $50,000
77 AutomobileParts.com $25,001 – $50,000
78 Crow.com $25,001 – $50,000
79 DiscountPetSupply.com $5,001 – $10,000
80 Sciencefiction.com $250,001 – $500,000
81 PoolSticks.com $50,001 – $100,000
82 Tourettes.com $25,001 – $50,000
83 TennisPlayer.com $25,001 – $50,000
84 SnowmobileAccessories.com $10,001 – $25,000
85 StockQuotes.com $1MM – $5MM
86 OnlineInvestment.com $5,001 – $10,000
87 OrganicFarms.com $50,001 – $100,000
88 Ethanol.com $750,001 – $1MM
89 SchoolTrips.com $10,001 – $25,000
90 ForSale.org $10,001 – $25,000
91 PDA.mobi $1 – $5,000
92 Podcast.mobi $1 – $5,000
93 Elections.com $750,001 – $1MM
94 Corgis.com $5,001 – $10,000
95 CertifiedOrganic.com $5,001 – $10,000
96 Sicilian.com $10,001 – $25,000
97 CaribbeanVacations.com $25,001 – $50,000
98 Photographers.com $750,001 – $1MM
99 SouthPadreIslandRealEstate.com $1 – $5,000
100 PublicOpinionPolls.com $1 – $5,000
101 TollFreePhoneNumbers.com $5,001 – $10,000
102 CertifiedPublicAccountants.com $10,001 – $25,000
103 Ankle.com $25,001 – $50,000
104 Kuwait.com $500,001 – $750,000
105 FamilyCellPhonePlans.com $1 – $5,000
106 StMaartenRealEstate.com $25,001 – $50,000
107 SportsAgent.com $25,001 – $50,000
108 BloodTest.com $100,001 – $250,000
109 Shopping.mobi $1 – $5,000
110 Ringtones.mobi $1 – $5,000
111 Ghetto.com $50,001 – $100,000
112 ZIPCodes.mobi $1 – $5,000
113 IncomeTaxReturn.com $10,001 – $25,000
114 MoneyLenders.com $50,001 – $100,000
115 Deli.com $100,001 – $250,000
116 Copiers.com $250,001 – $500,000
117 BookClub.info No Reserve
118 Hospitals.us $5,001 – $10,000
119 SpaghettiSauce.com $10,001 – $25,000
120 LuxuryYacht.com $10,001 – $25,000
121 ReverseTelephoneDirectory.com $25,001 – $50,000
122 Communication.com $100,001 – $250,000
123 PrepaidCellPhoneCards.com No Reserve
124 ExerciseClass.com $1 – $5,000
125 Amusement.com $25,001 – $50,000
126 LowInterestLoans.com $25,001 – $50,000
127 Personals.net $100,001 – $250,000
128 MiniatureGolf.com $100,001 – $250,000
129 CableTelevision.net $1 – $5,000
130 ConsumerElectronics.com $100,001 – $250,000
131 HomeMortgageRates.com $10,001 – $25,000
132 StartingASmallBusiness.com $5,001 – $10,000
133 LottoResults.com $10,001 – $25,000
134 HomeStereo.com $10,001 – $25,000
135 SportingGoods.com $250,001 – $500,000
136 Cowboys.com $250,001 – $500,000
137 DraftBoard.com $1 – $5,000
138 Dentists.net $50,001 – $100,000
139 CarRaces.com $5,001 – $10,000
140 MortgageRates.org $10,001 – $25,000
141 Carburetors.com $25,001 – $50,000
142 Math.net $25,001 – $50,000
143 CigarBars.com $5,001 – $10,000
144 LeatherFurniture.com $100,001 – $250,000
145 RenoApartments.com No Reserve
146 FertilityDoctors.com $50,001 – $100,000
147 GlassBlock.com $50,001 – $100,000
148 TelephotoLens.com $1 – $5,000
149 ItalianMafia.com $5,001 – $10,000
150 VenusFlytrap.com $10,001 – $25,000
151 CardStores.com $5,001 – $10,000
152 Supplying.com $25,001 – $50,000
153 Scientists.com $25,001 – $50,000
154 Manufacture.com $50,001 – $100,000
155 Disease.com $750,001 – $1MM
156 ElectronicGreetingCards.com $25,001 – $50,000
157 FragileX.com $10,001 – $25,000
158 Bill.mobi $1 – $5,000
159 BusinessClassAirfares.com $1 – $5,000
160 AllergyMedications.com $5,001 – $10,000
161 AirlineTickets.org $5,001 – $10,000
162 MalpracticeAttorneys.com $1 – $5,000
163 RapVideos.com $1 – $5,000
164 LogHomeKits.com $10,001 – $25,000
165 Newlyweds.com $50,001 – $100,000
166 MortgagePoints.com $1 – $5,000
167 Bad.com $250,001 – $500,000
168 DocumentTranslation.com $1 – $5,000
169 Choppers.com $500,001 – $750,000
170 OilDrilling.com $10,001 – $25,000
171 Idols.com $10,001 – $25,000
172 Semen.com $50,001 – $100,000
173 Banners.com $250,001 – $500,000
174 BasketballOnline.com $1 – $5,000
175 Election2008.com $10,001 – $25,000
176 Software.info $5,001 – $10,000
177 ChristmasGiftBaskets.com $10,001 – $25,000
178 Scores.mobi $10,001 – $25,000
179 Estate.com $500,001 – $750,000
180 GirlBlog.com $1 – $5,000
181 PregnancyCenters.com $5,001 – $10,000
182 DesignStudios.com $5,001 – $10,000
183 TruckLoan.com $10,001 – $25,000
184 Sambuca.com $25,001 – $50,000
185 Diagnosis.com $250,001 – $500,000
186 BillyJean.com $1 – $5,000
187 YardSale.org $5,001 – $10,000
188 TakePart.com $10,001 – $25,000
189 Grapes.com $100,001 – $250,000
190 MartialArts.com $250,001 – $500,000
191 LastMinuteAirfare.net $1 – $5,000
192 Pesos.com $25,001 – $50,000
193 CustomRims.com $50,001 – $100,000
194 Races.com $50,001 – $100,000
195 Contraceptives.com $250,001 – $500,000
196 DrugRehabilitationProgram.com $5,001 – $10,000
197 IndividualSavingsAccount.com $5,001 – $10,000
198 Conventions.org $10,001 – $25,000
199 AircraftRental.com $10,001 – $25,000
200 Transplant.com $50,001 – $100,000
201 GasPrices.com $100,001 – $250,000
202 Mucho.com $5,001 – $10,000
203 ConstructionWorkers.com $10,001 – $25,000
204 Explosion.com $25,001 – $50,000
205 Toasts.com $50,001 – $100,000
206 Table.com $50,001 – $100,000
207 PrimaryEducation.com $5,001 – $10,000
208 TrueConfessions.com $10,001 – $25,000
209 Americans.org $25,001 – $50,000
210 Eel.com $100,001 – $250,000
211 ePayments.com $100,001 – $250,000
212 Wednesday.org $5,001 – $10,000
213 Demo.net $10,001 – $25,000
214 FreeSearches.com $1 – $5,000
215 USTrademarks.com $5,001 – $10,000
216 EmergenCyclinics.com $10,001 – $25,000
217 EmploymentReferences.com $1 – $5,000
218 EnergyCompanies.com $1 – $5,000
219 Businesses.org $10,001 – $25,000
220 MaineLobsters.com $25,001 – $50,000
221 HY.com $100,001 – $250,000
222 HomeLoanRates.com $1 – $5,000
223 CriminalLawyers.com $10,001 – $25,000
224 WIR.com $100,001 – $250,000
225 Public.com $100,001 – $250,000
226 Cab.mobi $10,001 – $25,000
227 ClassicCarShows.com $5,001 – $10,000
228 Emmanuel.com $10,001 – $25,000
229 BathingSuit.com $50,001 – $100,000
230 Closings.com $25,001 – $50,000
231 Technology.org $50,001 – $100,000
232 FederalGovernment.net $1 – $5,000
233 UnitedStatesImmigrationAndNaturalization.com $5,001 – $10,000
234 Relative.com $25,001 – $50,000
235 Locally.com $25,001 – $50,000
236 DiscountAirfares.net $5,001 – $10,000
237 ArtistManagement.com $5,001 – $10,000
238 Dock.com $50,001 – $100,000
239 HateCrimes.com $25,001 – $50,000
240 ShowMe.com $25,001 – $50,000
241 BestCDRates.com $25,001 – $50,000
242 Blood.net $10,001 – $25,000
243 EducationGrants.com $10,001 – $25,000
244 SATTests.com $10,001 – $25,000
245 Audit.net $10,001 – $25,000
246 Perch.com $5,001 – $10,000
247 CommentBox.com $5,001 – $10,000
248 Electromagnets.com $5,001 – $10,000
249 PressReleases.com $1MM – $5MM

Register Domains for Charity

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Below are a few unregistered domain names I believe have good potential. Although I am not charging anything for researching these names, I am requesting that the person who registers each makes a donation to a non-profit organization.

CookingInstructor.com
CookingInstructors.com
CookingDictionaries.com
ScienceInstructors.com
RealEstateDictionaries.com
InvestingTeachers.com
InvestingDictionaries.com
TaxDictionaries.com
HomelessHousingShelter.com
HomelessHousingShelters.com

You don’t need to tell me how much was donated, but I would love to know which charity was helped, so please drop me a line after!

A few non-profits I recommend (with the link to make a donation):

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
ALS Association
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure for Breast Cancer
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Meir Panim
American Cancer Society
Turning Point (Domestic Violence Organization)

Charities Previously Helped By Generous Readers of My Blog:
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
ALS Association
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Avi Gets It!

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As Frank Schilling pointed out yesterday afternoon, the Swim.com auction netted $214,500. By clicking on the bidder ID of the winner, everyone could see that the email address was none other than the owner of ClubSwim.com, Avi Benaroya. Some quick research shows that Avi also is the owner of other swimming related domain names such as SwimOutlet.com, Swimmer.com, SwimLessons.com, SwimmingInstructor(s).com, and many more. With his purchase of Swim.com, it shows that Avi and his company get it! They know the most valuable domain name in their category is Swim.com. They fought off other bidders, and they won the crown jewel domain name. Very impressive.

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