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Did my name search just get tasted by a scam?

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by agusto, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. #1
    I am new here and just signed up to this forum because I saw good topics relating to similar issues and I wanted to ask a question.

    Was my ICANN search just tasted and purchased before I could act on it?

    I ask this because I used the ICANN (icann.org) search to look up a name and there was a longer delay than normal followed by returning a nealy blank info page which I have not seen before, then I went to whois.net to check the same name and saw this:
    """
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whoisDOTnamecheapDOTcom
    Registrar URL: wwwDOTnamecheapDOTcom
    Updated Date: 2020-01-03T23:13:48Z
    Creation Date: 2014-10-22T12:37:50Z
    Registry Expiry Date: 2019-10-22T12:37:50Z
    Registrar: NameCheap, Inc.
    ...
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https ://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
    Domain Status: pendingDelete https ://icann.org/epp#pendingDelete
    """
    note: above I had to change "." to "DOT" so it was not a link..
    SEMrush
    I am very suspicious by the "Updated Date" and I do not know what timezone it is in but I searched for that domain only a few hours ago (it's currently 01:31:50 UTC Saturday, January 4, 2020) so it was nearly the same day/time I think.

    I see it going on GoDaddy for $95,000.00

    Was I just pawned by ICANN? Or is there deeper reasoning?
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2020
    agusto, Jan 3, 2020 IP
    SEMrush
  2. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Some unscrupulous companies do monitor searches and register so that they can cybersquat. They buy in bulk and with a flat rate so junk registrations are, essentially, free.

    If you searched on icann.org I'd expect a clean, unmonitored search but have no evidence either way.
     
    sarahk, Jan 4, 2020 IP