The world is full of scams, and as domain values increase there is a need for a Fort Knox style facility for holding domains securely. Moniker continues to earn top praise as the registrar of choice. I see Moniker recommended every time there is a domain theft or a new scam (and there is a new threat today – see below). I can only hope the domain auction business provides adequate cash flow, because no company can provide the levels of security we need with the few bucks they get on domain registrations (update: Oversee.net now owns Moniker… cash flow not an issue?).
Today on NamePros there comes warning of more abuse of the public’s trust in PayPal, this time for domain sales. Someone is allegedly offering to buy domains and using a PayPal account, which is then charged back on the premise that the item never “shipped”. The way PayPal works with credit card companies apparently leaves the seller holding the (empty) bag, even though the buyer has control of the domain. Read this thread because they identify the aliases used by this person, the whois, the email domains, and even a photo for those on the ground in Romania ;-)
Of course escrow is the answer, and that’s where Moniker gets recommended highly again. Good to see them stepping up to the plate as domaining advances and the various schemes are put into play by, instead of sitting back and monetizing the status quo until something breaks (the way it seems most companies operate these days).