Marketplace sells stolen domain name

Started by BrettUK, Sep 25, 2022, 12:05 AM

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Should the Domain Marketplace compensate the buyer if a stolen domain is sold in the market? This scenario involves a case where a stolen domain is being sold on the domain name market, and the buyer who purchased the stolen domain is now seeking reimbursement. The question that arises is whether the Domain Marketplace is accountable for refunding the buyer's money or not.

If the Domain Marketplace sells a stolen domain, it is reasonable for them to take responsibility and reimburse the buyer for the cost of purchasing it. However, the issue becomes more complicated when the buyer refuses to return the stolen domain without first receiving payment. In such instances, it may be necessary to involve legal measures to resolve the matter.


Have you considered presenting a thorough calculation of all the money spent to the registrar responsible for the domain theft incident? It seems that they share at least half of the blame, given that the attacker obtained a copy of the project through the registrar's security failure.

In case your domain was stolen and you had to start over with a new one, would you go through the hassle of suing and spending so much money to regain the old domain name? It is a question worth pondering.

I conducted my own investigation into the matter and discovered some valuable information in the whois history of one of the domains linked to the thief. The domain shared a mailbox and phone number with the suspected attacker.

Moreover, I was contacted by another former domain owner who faced a similar situation where the thief transferred their domain to another account of the registrar. It is clear that domain theft is a serious concern that requires proper security measures and swift action in response to minimize the damage caused.


The police in our country are inadequate when it comes to dealing with cybercrime. Their response to a theft is often slow and unhelpful, resulting in apologies or finger-pointing. It's disheartening how uninterested they can be, even when given a name or an IP address.

It's amazing how some people prioritize destruction over creation. To steal a laptop, extract passwords, falsify documents, take control of the hosting and domain, pose as an admin, moderate forums, integrate spam filters and ban users daily, create phishing campaigns, and ultimately sell the project underhandedly - all for what? To eventually drive the forum into neglect and failure in the end! It's doubtful that the meager profits resulting from such criminal activity could justify the effort invested. If only the thief had channeled those energies into something more productive, the outcome would have been much more profitable.


While the Domain Marketplace should prioritize preventing the sale of stolen domains, it is not always easy to determine the legitimacy of each domain listed on their platform. However, if it is proven that a domain was indeed stolen and sold on the marketplace, it would be fair for the marketplace to compensate the buyer.

In this scenario, the buyer should report the issue to the Domain Marketplace and provide evidence of the domain's theft. The marketplace should then investigate the matter and take appropriate action, which may include refunding the buyer's money. However, it is important to note that the buyer's willingness to return the stolen domain should also be considered. If they are unwilling to return it without compensation, legal measures may need to be taken to resolve the situation.

Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the Domain Marketplace to ensure the legitimacy of the domains being sold on their platform. They should take proactive measures to prevent the sale of stolen domains and handle any reported cases promptly and fairly.

In such cases, it is essential for the affected buyer to report the issue to the marketplace immediately. The buyer should provide evidence and documentation showing that the domain was stolen, such as proof of previous ownership or legal complaints. The marketplace should then conduct an investigation to verify the claims and determine the legitimacy of the sale.

If it is determined that the domain was indeed stolen and sold on the marketplace, the responsibility lies with the marketplace to rectify the situation. Depending on their policies and terms of service, the marketplace may offer compensation to the buyer, refunding them for the cost of the stolen domain.

However, resolving these matters can be complex. The buyer's willingness to return the stolen domain without compensation may also influence the outcome. If the buyer refuses to return the domain or demands compensation, further legal action may be necessary to resolve the dispute.

Ideally, the marketplace should have adequate security measures in place to prevent the listing and sale of stolen domains. This can include stringent verification processes, monitoring tools to detect suspicious listings, and cooperation with legal authorities to combat domain theft.