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Ken Palm, iTime, and Domain Name Tasting
Have you come across "domain name tasting" - try before you buy from ICANN. It is the practice of registering a domain name (and placing pay-per-click ads on it for a few days) to gauge whether the ads will make more than the annual cost of the domain. Read more about it here (link opens in separate window)
. Apparently, "domain name tasting" has developed from a five day grace period on domain registration which allows people to turn in domains that they have registered by mistake.
How did I come across Domain Name Tasting? From researching a Ken Palm of i-Time Marketing, Falcon, Colorado ... or of flkdomaindiscovery.com or of thepreferredurl.com or of Davenport, Iowa.
Ken wrote to me on Monday, offering to sell me phpquiz.com for $557.
He wrote to me on Tuesday, with something he had forgotten to mention.
On Thursday, he sent me a reminder and a nice link I could buy through.
Saturday, and he tells me about a limited period discount he's offering.
And on Sunday he writes "Make me an offer" ...
I don't actually want
to register phpquiz.com - we already have www.phpquiz.co.uk
, but something in Ken's emails - his extravagant claims for the domain - made me have a look into him and I discovered what appears to be a "scam", where he tastes a domain for a few days, during which time he tries to sell it to interested parties in exactly
the way he has tried to sell to us. I understand that if you are REALLY interested in a domain that Ken Palm is looking to sell, are willing to take a very slight risk and wait a few days for him to return it, you'll be able to register it for $10 or so
. I learned that from here
- shortly after writing this entry, I was contacted by David Harper, who has also had a similar set of emails from Ken Palm. David has written a far more detailed account here
which will fill you in on this scam in much more detail - David, thank you for letting me know about your page (and thanks for the link too ;-) ) (written 2008-08-25, updated 2008-09-04)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG910 - Well House Consultants - Scams 
Pressure selling in the fire safety business - (2016-02-19) 
A booking that looks too good to be true? It probably is too good to be true! - (2015-01-05) 
Youve Been Selected for the 2012 Edition of the Global Registry - (2012-09-16) 
Direct Message: Really horrible blog about you ... a clever phishing trip, said to be from an MP - (2011-10-14) 
Pay and refund scam - alive and kicking against Melksham businesses - (2011-05-16) 
Clickjacking - another way to get you to follow a malicious link - Facebook issue - (2011-03-29) 
Not mugged in London! - (2010-10-08) 
Global Computer Maintenance Department - (2010-07-29) 
The World Company Register - is it another scam? - (2010-03-23) 
An update on legal changes from the FSB? - (2009-12-03) 
Hotel Booking Scam / Cost of calls to 070 numbers - (2009-09-12) 
Translation from Ghanaian to English - (2009-08-23) 
What have iTime, honeytrapagency and domain listing center got in common? - (2008-09-12) 
Astroturfing - the online definition - (2008-06-17) 
Google, wwmdirectory, Freshwater, ATP - new scam? - (2007-09-09) 
Tratum Technologies - (2007-08-21) 
Warning - false emails, said to be from Paypal - (2006-09-09) 
Frightening and from-friend viruses and spams - (2005-06-14) 
Calling a spade a spade - (2005-01-15) 
Domain Registry of America - (2004-10-07)
Some other Articles
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