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I am one of a very large number of people who received the obviously bogus text message yesterday telling me that I had won a raffle for a $1,000 Best Buy gift card. The text message directed me to the domain

bestbuyraffle.com

With a "secret code". I had a few minutes to kill, so I went there from a browser on my linux system and entered a completely different code (turns out, much as expected, you can enter whatever you want into the "secret code" box). This directed me then to

bestbuy.rewardhubzone.com

Rather unsurprisingly, these two domains are both less than a year old (the latter being the older, at around 3 months, the former was registered yesterday), and both registered through namecheap.com .

I contacted namecheap.com via their abuse address, and they have so far played every stupid run-around trick they could think of to avoid doing anything. In other words, they know they are aiding in a criminal act and they don't give a shit as long as they get paid.

Not that this is new, many registrars before them have gone down the same path.

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  • Until consumers wise up.
    • Until consumers wise up.

      True, there will always be other ways to commit acts of fraud. However I am of the belief that when a company - in this case the registrar I pointed out - has the ability to do something to stop the fraud, they should. By intentionally opting not to do anything, they are co-conspirators in the crime.

      • Heh, both yours and Smitty's posts should apply in every interaction we engage in. It makes the term 'innocent civilians' a bit of an oxymoron.

        • I don't know if it was better or worse when the really bad trolls trolled me as AC instead.
          • No troll, but take it as you want. That would be your issue.. and way of diversion from the subject at hand.

            If you want to stand by and watch your government assassinate people with the wrong opinion, or lock them up for harmless 'offenses', and claim it's somehow different than what you're cryin' about here, knock yourselves out. But don't bitch when somebody holds up a mirror. Oh, you can, free speech, and all that. But you will be mocked for it.

            Watch "The Thin Blue Line" or read one of the many other wor

            • If your view is that the driver of the getaway car that drives the person who just robbed the local 7-11 has committed no crime, then you can go ahead and try to defend that.

              Of course, because you are just a sad little troll out to waste my time, I don't expect you to do such a thing.
              • See? you got it wrong again. The driver is an accomplice. Just like you are for every criminal act your government commits. You are the driver. Here's a quote from somebody else who, unlike you, gets it: "You're the roofer on the Death Star." [slashdot.org]

                ...you are just a sad little troll out to waste my time..

                I knew you would come through. Thanks for confirming. Another prediction. You will probably now play the victim card, like the people who responded to the quote, in addition to bleating 'troll!' again.

                • The driver is an accomplice

                  It appears that in your woefully unskilled attempt to troll me, you accidentally said something that makes sense and supports my argument. Care to take it back?

                  Just like you are for every criminal act your government commits.

                  And then you return to crazy town. That is not a surprise. I am not taking the bait, either.

                  Another prediction.

                  That is not a sentence. A sentence has a verb and a noun.

                  You will probably now play the victim card

                  Wrong as usual. You're wasting my time, though not particularly well. I am not a victim here, I'm just trying to discourage people (and companies) from doing things that actively aid in crime.

                  • Another prediction.

                    That is not a sentence. A sentence has a verb and a noun.

                    uh, what? Another diversion?

                    I am not taking the bait, either.

                    Introspection is not a sin. You ought to try it. The part you play is just as relevant as the company, if not this particular one, but in general. If you patronize a company or government that commits or aids criminal acts, then you are just as guilty as the company, as per your complaint against it. ...they know they are aiding in a criminal act and they don't give a shit as long as they get paid.. See? So do you.. and you don't give a shit either as long as you think you can ma

                    • Unsurprisingly you opt for the third-rate troll tactic of replying only to the parts of my message that you think you can anger me with, rather than taking the entire message. You're really not very good at this.
                    • Just removing the irrelevant fluff that's utterly negated by the good meaty stuff that counts. My time is up... until another day, my friend...

                    • Oh, how I will miss being trolled by you, let me count the ways...
                    • ...replying only to the parts of my message that you think you can anger me with, rather than taking the entire message...

                      Oh lordy lordy! You sound just like this fool [kait8.com]:

                      ...They attacked me because I'm a conservative, and they've taken small portions of my book out of context, and distorted what was said to make it appear that I am racist, which is totally and completely false.

                      Handed to me on a silver platter...

            • by gmhowell (26755)

              Relax, 'damn_registrars' is American for 'Don Quixote'. I like reading here because a slight taste of optimism that the system can work is a breath of fresh air for the cynicism I've built into my head over the past decades.

  • They might like to know their name is being mis-used, and they've probably got more lawyers than do you.

    Oh, and I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that the text message I got yesterday isn't completely on the up and up.

    • They might like to know their name is being mis-used, and they've probably got more lawyers than do you.

      This likely happens so often that Best Buy doesn't bother to assign lawyers to it any more. I've seen the same text message, referring to a different domain name, in the past myself.

      Oh, and I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that the text message I got yesterday isn't completely on the up and up.

      I did enjoy going to their website and putting their own (and then their registrar's) information into their form. I hope they enjoy their free diabetes supply information packages.

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