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jswanson

join:2008-02-24
reply to jswanson

Re: [Credit Card Fraud] fraud: www.prophotosland.com & www.phot

Looks like photosmix.com and prophotosland.com are back up and running so beware... their site states "Our hosting provider has accidently delegated our domain to a different company... " not sure what this means as they still have the same GoDaddy logo. GoDaddy may have received enough abuse complaints that they made them change something... but obviously they are still operational. Perhaps MGD, you will know what this means.

I am guessing there will be another round of charges in the next few weeks...

MGD
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join:2002-07-31
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said by jswanson:

Looks like photosmix.com and prophotosland.com are back up and running so beware... their site states "Our hosting provider has accidently delegated our domain to a different company... " not sure what this means as they still have the same GoDaddy logo.....
That was no "accident", upon reviewing the domain transaction history, the most likely reason is that the payment for the original registration was charged back to GoDaddy. These criminals use hijacked victim financial data to pay for all the support and hosting services.

The domains were originally registered using go GoDaddy's domainsbyproxy cloaking service that hides the details of the registration for an additional fee. That service is a crime magnet, and should never be available for sites that are set up for e-commerce. The can only be a nefarious purpose in hiding the ownership of a commercial site engaged in payment processing.

On or about March 08th, GoDaddy took possesion of the photosmix.com domain and put it up for sale:


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Domain: photosmix.com
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Domain History
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Cache Date: 2008-03-08
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Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
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Registrant:
Godaddy Software
14455 N Hayden Rd
Suite 219
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
United States
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Domain Name: PHOTOSMIX.COM
Created on: 17-Dec-07
Expires on: 18-Dec-08
Last Updated on: 07-Mar-08
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Administrative Contact:
domains for sale, Godaddy Software
domains4sale[@]godaddy.com

Godaddy Software
14455 N Hayden Rd
Suite 219
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
United States
480-505-8800 Fax -- 480-505-8844
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That ownership reversion indicates that payment funds were charged back. Ridiculous as it may seem, the criminals would still have an opportunity to "make good" on the funds and recover the domain. Which they apparently did around March 16th, as the domain then reverted back to a domainsbyproxy cloaked status:


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Domain: photosmix.com
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Domain History
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Cache Date: 2008-03-16
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Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
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Registrant:
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
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Domain Name: PHOTOSMIX.COM
Created on: 17-Dec-07
Expires on: 18-Dec-08
Last Updated on: 12-Mar-08
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Administrative Contact:
Private, Registration PHOTOSMIX.COM@domainsbyproxy.com
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax -- (480) 624-2599
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MGD