[unisog] Help with buying domain name through escrow.com

Peter Van Epp vanepp at sfu.ca
Fri Jul 23 16:39:55 GMT 2004

	If they do want mega bucks it may be worthwhile contacting a lawyer.
At least here (the law may be different where you are) if you have a legit
(as decided by a court) claim to a domain name because of trademark or possibly
other things the court can order the domain name transferred without more than
transfer fees (we got up to at least the lawyer rattling stage in such a 
dispute before the domain got transferred to us). You need to judge if the 
cost of rattling the lawyer is less than what they want for the domain name 

Peter Van Epp / Operations and Technical Support 
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. Canada

On Fri, Jul 23, 2004 at 11:23:39AM -0500, Butler, Kevin D wrote:
> Didn't escrow.com get into some hot water a while ago?? I though I
> remembered seeing something about people getting taken for mega $$$$'s
> by the exact same process you described below. If you're talking a
> sizeable exchange of funds, I'd get every piece of info from this guy
> just in case he is trying to scam you. But whatever you do, I wish you
> the best of luck. 
> ________________________________
> From: unisog-bounces at lists.sans.org
> [mailto:unisog-bounces at lists.sans.org] On Behalf Of Tim Lane
> Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 10:01 PM
> To: unisog at lists.sans.org
> Subject: [unisog] Help with buying domain name through escrow.com
> 	Hello,
> 	just wondered if someone could offer some help here.  Someone at
> our University here in Australia is negotiating the purchase of a
> registered .com domain name  through another party (an individual), who
> is claiming title to the domain name.  The only contact they have at the
> moment is an email address.  This individual wants the purchase to be
> done through escrow.com, based purely on email address exchange.
> 	Although this all may be legitimate, we are not sure of the
> process to validate this and therefore are treating it with some
> caution.  Right at the moment we only have an email address for the
> seller, nothing else.
> 	The main problem is validating the process.
> 	I am attempting to:
> 	1) validate the authenticity of the claimed owner and;
> 	2) validate the process for transfer of title through escrow.com
> 	Can anyone give me some tips or ideas on how this could be
> achieved?
> 	Thanks a lot,
> 	Tim Lane
> Tim Lane
> Information Security Program Manager
> Information Technology and Telecommunication Services
> Southern Cross University
> PO Box 157 Lismore NSW 2480
> Ph:  61 2 6620 3290 
> Fax: 61 2 6620 3033 
> Email: tlane at scu.edu.au 
> http://www.scu.edu.au <http://www.scu.edu.au/> 
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