Domainz advises against latest domain name company

A new company has popped up targeting name holders who don't have a registered domain.

The latest outfit hoping to startle New Zealand domain name holders into using its registration services will prove more difficult to thwart, says Domainz chief Derek Locke.

DomainNamesNZ has faxed a number of name holders "warning" them that they don't hold the equivalent.

"Somehow again it's got hold of a database, probably the whois, and has contacted dozens of name holders," says Locke.

While that is outlawed under Domainz's terms and conditions, the company isn't a registered .nz provider, and so can't be blocked from registering names.

"Unfortunately there's not a lot we can do as it's not a registrar and it doesn't have a domain name here."

DomainNamesNZ is offering to register a name for $99 a year, which is a great deal more than Domainz charges, says Locke.

In recent months Australian registry companies ING and Internet Registry have been in trouble for spamming domain name holders and for trawling the Domainz database for contact details. Such outfits often fax requests as faxes are not always covered in the terms and conditions of official registry companies.

IDGNet calls to DomainNamesNZ, which advertises a New Zealand 0800 number and an Auckland address, were not immediately answered.

Locke advises avoiding the company and says users should contact their existing registration company if they are concerned about domain name registration.

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