As new domains like .nyc get announced, watch out for bogus web sites like this one
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Be careful about sites for new TLDs.
Yesterday Information Week reported that Neustar will be running the .nyc domain name when it launches.
As definitive news about new top level domains starts hitting the web, people should be careful about misleading web sites promoting the domains.
Here’s one example: NYCDomain.org.
The domain, owned by a Utah man, is all about the .nyc domain name. And that’s fine.
What’s misleading is the description tag — the thing that shows up when you find the site in Google. Here’s what it reads:
Welcome to .nyc Domain Names. Official domain name registration provider. Register your .nyc domain in real time here.
Hmm. There aren’t any accredited registrars for .nyc yet.
If you look back at Google’s cache of the page from March 18, it reads:
Pre-Registration for the new dot.NYC Domains TLD is now open. Pre-register your dot .NYC top level domain Names now.
To be fair, lots of sites from even reputable domain registrars offered pre-registrations. It’s the latest description that seems most off base.
The only thing on the actual site I can find for actually requesting a .nyc domain is the contact page, which reads “If you would like to request a domain name ending with .NYC, just pop it into the form, and we will let you know when your name is available to be registered.”
A New York City official told PaidContent that the site was misleading and not authorized to reserve domains.
I left a message at the phone number on the whois record for NYCdomain.org today seeking comment.