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Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Melbourne IT accused of facilitating 419 Fraud

Derek Smythe has written to ICANN complaining that Melbourne IT, an ICANN accredited registrar, has not responded to requests calling for the cancellation of numerous domains based on invalid whois information supplied during the domain registration process. Apparently Derek's war on 419 fraud is being severely hampered while Melbourne IT busies itself protecting the butts of its unresponsive domain name resellers instead of actually dealing with the situation.

It will be interesting to see how this finally plays out. The issue revolves around this section of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement: A Registered Name Holder's willful provision of inaccurate or unreliable information, its willful failure promptly to update information provided to Registrar, or its failure to respond for over fifteen calendar days to inquiries by Registrar concerning the accuracy of contact details associated with the Registered Name Holder's registration shall constitute a material breach of the Registered Name Holder-registrar contract and be a basis for cancellation of the Registered Name registration.

A "basis for cancellation" still leaves the registrar with the option "not to cancel". As registrars aren't too keen on cancelling the registrations that put money in their pockets, you can probably expect nothing to happen soon unless the Public lashes out at Melbourne IT for indirectly contributing to the continuation of fraudulent 419 activities.

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