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Username: richard_henderson
Date/Time: Sat, December 29, 2001 at 7:25 PM GMT
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer V5.0 using Windows 98
Subject: ICANN's failure to protect the consumer from rogue registrars


One of the staggering things to me is that Spy Productions is still selling .info names, after their complicity in the Sunrise fraud.

Hundreds of fake Trademark numbers were put in by Spy Productions for their sunrise fraud customers.

The numbers nearly all start with the same sequence, followed by variant final numbers.

This same number sequence is even used by Lars Hindsley, their President, in his own Sunrise applications.

And Lars concedes that he was prepared to contemplate Sunrise frauds, providing his customers "did it with their eyes open", because so many of the big boys in the industry were "at it as well".

This last point was proved true by companies like Yesnic.

But where does all this leave the consumer?

Who protects the consumer?

Is this an unregulated "rogue" industry?

Is ICANN happy to just let this all happen?

Lars Hindsley comes across in his various e-mails to me as a pleasant, hard-working man who has tried hard to build up his business. He has been more responsive and candid than many people in this affair.

However the bottom line is that Landrush consumers were de-frauded out of millions of dollars by fraudulent actions by individuals, registrars, Afilias executives, Afilias Directors, and there has been NO response or intervention by ICANN to the detail of these very serious matters.

Fraudulent registrars just keep on trading.      


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