The Australian administrator for domain name registrar company, Internet Name Group, says New Zealanders wrongly getting demands from a debt collection agency in relation to ING shouldn't be alarmed.
ING went into voluntary administration a couple of months ago. It had been barred from selling names in the .nz space by local registry company Domainz after it was revealed ING had sent out hundreds of misleading faxes to domain name holders. In Australia the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took legal action against the company and locally the Commerce Commission issued a warning about conducting business with ING.
Then last month IDGNet reported that Logan Boats received a demand for $500 from Citibureau, the Melbourne-based credit agency working for ING's administrator, Brooke Bird and Company. Logan Boats had not dealt with ING but had received one of its faxes in the past (see ING reaches out from beyond the grave). IDGNet understands several local companies have received demands for payment from Citibureau.
Melbourne-based Brooke Bird and Company’s Peter Goodwin says there are a number of debtors listed in ING's ledgers who do not owe the company money.
"Tell them the best answer is to reply to Citibureau and explain that they haven't traded with ING. If they've got something from their own domain registrar company that shows they've registered a name with that company, that kind of thing, that would also be good."
Goodwin says sorting out real ING debtors from innocent bystanders was a headache for all concerned but that this should be the last that is heard of ING.