I sold a .us domain name back in January 2011. It was for about $1500 if I remember correctly but that is not the point. The domain name was registered at Moniker and the buyer transferred out to DIRECTNIC and completed the escrow.com transaction.
I thought that all was ok when I started getting inquiries from people that wanted to buy the domain name. I wondered why and when I checked whois I understood why. The buyer hadn’t changed the whois details.
Also because of one of various problems that Moniker has been having with contacts the domain was not displaying my last name but only my first name: “Konstantinos”. So in a case of a .US nexus investigation, where the .us registry Neustar checks to see if Nexus requirements are fulfilled, the domain name would probably get deleted.
After every inquiry I got I would email the buyer at the email address I had from the escrow transaction but every time I would get no reply.
I got more and more inquiries. The most inquiries of every other .us domain I own. And I own a few good ones. I didn’t understand why because the domain was simply a hack. I still don’t understand. I also own the non-hack version of the domain but not much action there. I had to reply to each inquiry that I don’t own the domain name. They would always ask me if I had the contact details of the buyer but I couldn’t give them his email address. One of the interested parties was very angry because of this… Very angry!!!
Actually it was pretty easy to get his details. All you had to do was check whois for the nameserver and his email was there for all to see. 🙂
The domain name was not resolving although he had changed the nameservers so most people thought that they could buy it. I guess he never setup hosting or a redirection for it.
Anyway after 3 years of not a single reply to my emails I finally send an email and told the buyer that I would file a report and his domain name would get deleted. Finally I got a reply and he said that the domain was now owned by his old partner and that he would let him know about this. The whois details were updated a month later.
That is more than 3 years after I sold the domain name. Better late than never.
I always try to follow up and ask all buyers to update whois details. If you don’t you could open the doors to various legal problems in an event that the domain name is used illegally.