ICANN sends notice of breach to NameJuice.com responsible for the “Domain Registry of America” scam

Registrar NameJuice.com (“Brandon Gray”) has been behind the “Domain Registry of America”  (DRoA) or “Domain Renewal Group” scam that sends domain name expiration letters all over the world asking for domain name renewals at the price of $35 per year.

The letter comes to your postal address from the public Whois database of registered domain names. The letter seems like a legitimate bill and says something like “Domain Name Expiration Notice”, but it is actually an agreement to transfer your domain from your registrar to their registrar by paying the $35 renewal fee.

As of 16 December 2013, BRANDON GRAY INTERNET SERVICES INC. (dba “NameJuice.com”) (“Brandon Gray”) is in breach of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) dated 12 February 2009 (“RAA”). This breach results from:

• Brandon Gray’s failure to maintain and make available to ICANN registration records relating to dealings with the Registered Name Holder, pursuant to Sections 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 of the RAA

ICANN requests that Brandon Gray cure the breach by 13 January 2014, 15 working days from the date of this letter, by taking the following actions:
• Provide ICANN with the registration data and written communications concerning the domain name <businesspotion.com> for the period 22 July 2013 to present, between Brandon Gray and the Registered Name Holder, including a copy of the registration agreement entered between Brandon Gray and the Registered Name Holder of the account.

If Brandon Gray fails to timely cure these breaches and provide the information requested by 13 January 2014, ICANN may commence the RAA termination process.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

18 comments

  1. And nothing about the mass spamming and abuse of the whois system by a registrar ?
    Interesting.

  2. very naughty… i keep getting email scams all the time as well every time i register a new domain name i get the ‘appraisal scam’. the ‘development scam’ and my favorite the ‘activate your domain name scam’… its hard to tell between all the BS these days and a legitimate email.

  3. I second that Kate. I for one have received at least three letters from the so called ‘Domain Registry of America’ in the past.. I had to read the letter twice before realising it was a scam.

  4. I hope this cretin Brandon Gray gets done for this, and then done again multiple times over.

  5. He lives in tx i know all about them fbi has been called!

  6. Gypsum Fantastic

    Quite apt I saw a notification reviving this post in my Inbox, as today I have also received 3 emails for 3 domains I own from what looks like the same scammers, but this is the search engine submission one. First time in ages I’ve had any like this. Pasting the contents of it below:


    From: Domain Services
    Date: Tue, May 27, 2014 6:03 am

    Attention: Important Notice

    DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

    PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION

    Attn:
    As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.

    Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.

    Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.

    This Notice for: will expire on MAY 27,2014 Act today!

    ——————————————————————————————–

    DETAIL OF SERVICE: ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION FOR DOMAIN NAME

    Detail of Service:
    SEARCH SUBMISSIONS

    Reply by Date:
    05/27/2014

    For Domain Name:

    Select Term Your Existing Domain Period Covered Price

    [ ] 1 year 05/27/2014 – 05/27/2015 $75.00
    [ ] 2 year 05/27/2014 – 05/27/2016 $119.00
    [ ] 5 year 05/27/2014 – 05/27/2019 $199.00
    [ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 05/27/2014 – 05/27/2024 $295.00
    [ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer – Best value! Lifetime $499.00

  7. Gypsum Fantastic

    Note: above email output was a subset of the entire email, as the whole email was too long to post.

  8. I hope they cut this guy’s nuts off.

  9. Any Update on what happened to Brandon Gary and Namejuice.com, they have a domain i need.

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