Lawsuit says three three-number domain names were stolen from an eNom account.
A federal lawsuit alleges that the domain names 224.com, 605.com and 452.com have been stolen.
Ian Andrew of Traffic Names, Ltd filed an in rem action (pdf) against the domain names in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Traffic Names alleges that it is the rightful owner of the domain names and that they were stolen from its eNom domain name registrar account.
According to the suit, the plaintiff became aware of the theft after one of the domains was listed for sale. The thief allegedly tried to sell 605.com through 4.cn, and 4.cn noticed the recent domain name ownership change. The company contacted Traffic Names to make the company aware.
ESQWire.com and Greenberg & Lieberman, as well as local counsel, are representing Traffic Names.
Very obliging of 4.cn! Good job!
This is becoming a nightmarish issue for many a domain portfolio holders, myself included. Recently, 12j.com and 12r.com were similarly stolen from my account with Godaddy and I noticed it the same day and contacted Godaddy. To my amazement Godaddy was half hearted about making sure that my domain names are returned to me promptly given that their system was breached puting my portfolio in jeopardy. The names were transfered to Ename.com
Long story short, Ename.com still has these domain names and according to Godaddy is refusing to transfer them back to me. Godaddy on their part basically told me there was nothing they could do after dealing initially with Ename.com. However they seem to be coming to their senses lately.
4.cn seems to be a reputable company and should be commended for their action. I wish I can say the same about Ename.com who as it turns from our research is harboring a lot of stolen names. There are a lot of stuff in play at the moment about the whole scheme that I cannot divulge at this time.
AJ Alfieri-Crispin (@AJACs3) says
Our personal domain name x3.com was stolen April 5, 2015. We have owned x3.com since 1995. Twenty years. Within a window of 25 minutes our domain registration information was changed at Dreamhost/Enom and then transferred to Ename in China. Think of the implications for you if someone had full control of your email address!!! I would love it if it could become well known this domain is stolen, and that anyone looking to purchase the domain should understand they are buying stolen property.
here’s a thought, Why not bid for the exact match keywords [x3.com] and [x3] on adwords so that everyone that searches for those exact terms see your ad saying “A secret about x3 you should know” then link it to your page saying “It’sSTOLEN” and whatever else you want to say.
Bidding on those 2 terms would be VERY CHEAP.
Not saying you should but if you did you may have to be creative to get the ads approved.