I was at NamesCon and people were asking if Adam Dicker was coming or not.
Some people told me that Adam Dicker owes them money. I didn’t have any complaints send to me until the whole scandal broke out and even after that, no one actually complained to me personally about Adam. (Except some minor complaint about an unfinished website at Domaining Europe 2015.)
Nevertheless I wrote an article of what I was thinking at the time about the whole Adam Dicker situation. After talking to all the people at NamesCon I have to say that my view has changed. I feel that I should write this article and have my opinion heard.
I met people that Adam owes them sums of $500 or $750 up to thousands of dollars. (Even 6-figures…) According to what I was told personally and what I have read my rough estimation is that Adam could be in the hole for more than a million dollars. The original Namepros forum post (that now has thousands of replies) has more than 20 complaints from people that claim that Adam Dicker owes them money. The list includes several pretty well known domainers such as Frank Schilling, Claude Dauman, Joseph Peterson, etc. Shane Cultra talked about some other people that Adam owes money to. (“There are a lot of people that feel that they paid for website development and did not get what they paid for. This is not one, two, or ten. It is more.”)
There are tens of articles that describe this whole mess and all include tens of complaints and fraud accusations for Adam Dicker. Here are a few:
- Addressing the elephant in the room
- With latest industry scandal domaining needs to look inward to protect newcomers
- Thoughts on the latest domain name “scandal”
- An update on the Adam Dicker allegations
- If You Plan on Doing Business With Adam Dicker You Should Read this First
- DomainSherpa : Videos of Adam Dicker removed from web site
- Unbelievable. Adam Dicker Allegedly Continues to Take Money and Not Provide Services
- The Art of the Scam
It seems to me that Adam Dicker was agreeing to all sorts of ventures and deals with anyone he could find. That is without having the time, resources and in many cases the skills to deliver the results. He would take any money in advance whether that was for Q&A sessions over Skype, building websites, consulting and anything related to the internet and domain names. By “any money” I mean that he would take $500 or $5,000 or even tens of thousands in advance. He would take anything he could.
He was known to domainers but what made him a “celebrity” in our small community was the purchase of DNForum.com. I think that was what made a lot of people trust him.
Now I am sure that he knew he could not deliver and he will never deliver. One of the people involved said: “He promised the world and never delivered!”.
I don’t know the specifics of each deal but not delivering the promised results will most likely get you sued by the tens of people involved.