DomainTheft.org Launched

I am proud to say that today we have launched DomainTheft.org – a brand new online resource to help fight domain name theft, fraud, and hijacking. This project has been in the works for some time now and with more and more domains being stolen each day it could not have come at a better time.

The goal of DomainTheft.org is simple – provide a place where domain owners can list domain names that have been stolen from them, and in return provide buyers with a one-stop website to reference before making a purchase decision. We have also created a section to report scammers and domain thief’s on popular domaining forums so that users will not be duped by an already known con artist.

Next time you are looking to buy a domain name from a forum, Sedo, Afternic, or wherever you buy your domains, take a look at DomainTheft.org and make sure the domain you are buying is not stolen.

This is a completely free service and we make it easy for domain owners to list their stolen domains all in one place. We hope this will greatly reduce the amount of domain theft while also helping to expose the scammers before they cheat another person out of their valuable digital assets.

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  • Jamie Parks June 7, 2008, 1:37 pm

    Seems like a very useful site. The Internet is and probably always will be a self governing community that polices itself, so we need a site like DomainTheft.org.
    Domain theft comes in many forms. Anyone found guilty of trying to seize control of another’s (already registered) domain, should be held accountable for their actions, and penalized in the public space to serve as an example of how partaking in such actions can doom one’s online reputation and credibility.
    DomainTheft.org is a nice start and I’m looking forward to seeing how the site gets used and continues to evolve.

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  • Jeff June 7, 2008, 1:43 pm

    Brilliant idea! I hope that this works well.

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  • Morgan Linton June 7, 2008, 1:47 pm

    Thanks Jamie and Jeff for your kinds words. I completely agree – it’s all about accountability. In the Online Real Estate world your online reputation is that same as your credit rating.
    Once your online identity is done for then you can’t do business in the domaining world again. Hopefully DomainTheft.org will help to serve as a system of checks and balances for this ever-evolving community.

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  • Jackie June 18, 2008, 4:49 pm

    Funnily enough, I’ve contemplated registering DomainTheft.org a few times before when it was available. You should be credited for having done something worthwhile with it, more than I would ever have done if I reserved the domain. Hopefully, the service you’re offering will save many people from the headaches of buying a domain later to find out it was stolen and provide hope for the rightful owners to recover these valuable assets.
    My suggestion – Add some information to educate domain owners how they can proactively protect their domains from theft. But I’m sure this was in your plans anyway. 🙂

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