I have one for you. I recently set a domain for backorder over at SnapNames, went and purchased the matching .net and .org just in case I did manage to grab it up (to complete my magical three for copyright [TM?]).
[Now, keep in mind, I set my email to NOT display in whois for any domains I purchase.]
A week later I receive an email from WebNameSolutions offering me said domain for 199 bucks (Try to follow me here, lol).
So, I look up there domain via whois to find out who owns WebNameSolutions and find out it's NS is on PCGLOBE.CA (a so called canadian company [I make note of phone #]).
I then go to Whois to look up PCGLOBE.CA and find out their phone #number is one digit off.
I call them.. hehe.
[Ms Domainer questions: Doesn't providing an incorrect phone number violate ICANN rules? Also, whatever happened to that rule about a registrar not being involved in registering deleting domains and selling them for extortionist prices?]
"Hey, I yada yada a domain over at SnapNames, do you also own that company besides WebNameSolution?"
He responds with, "Oh, no, but we do business with them."
Me: "How did you get my email address, and how did you know I am actually interested in this domain?"
Him: "Oh, well, uh.. I guess we did a whois?"
(Keep in mind, I don't release my email with my domains.)
So, I offer a lower amount, and he says price is firm. Fine, this is already wicked fishy so I decline and decide to do some more research.
(Stay with me here, lol.)
I'm really curious here and decide to look up PENDINGRENEWALDELETION.COM and find out this is registered by DomainDiscover (which is who I register my domains with??!) I then do a whois on the two domains I have already registered and see my email address has been released in the WHOIS!! I go back to my account and see that my settings are set to NOT release email address!
[Update: PENDINGRENEWALDELETION.com is registered and used by Network Solutions and not by DomainDiscover. Thank you, Frank, for the clarification.]
1) How can they sell me a domain they don't own?
2) How did they find out I'm interested in it at all?
3) Why is the company that holds the other two domains releasing my email address when I've requested they not?
I can't believe ICANN hasn't picked up on all this "insider trading" of information?
Racketeering at its finest!!
I have been domaining since May 2007, I have observed a lot of ICANN "head turning" at questionable practices.
I wonder: Is it even possible to be an ethical domainer?