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20th March 2009, 12:10 AM #1
School domain names scam?
My ICT Network Manager had an interesting and yet disturbing phone call today. It was from a company claiming that they’ve just refused someone who had tried to buy up domain names using the schools’ name. They said that they were refusing the request. However, at no time did they push or try to sell the domain names to us.
So it leaves us in a quandary:
- Is this some sort of a scam and other schools have been targeted?
- Is there a company or individual out there trying to use domain names with school names in to lure people (and children) into their sites
- Is someone trying to deflame our school?
- Is it something worse?
I just wondered if anyone else has had similar phone calls?
20th March 2009, 12:12 AM #2
Might be just a case of buyign similar names in the hope someone will get the address wrong. When they get on the wrong site they see a holding page and the owners pocket money for the adverts.
20th March 2009, 12:19 AM #3
I know - but there is the issue that some scammers use these sites to lure kids into games and then viruses and also child exploitation. (there that term doesn't flag up Securus or such like!)
Afraid I always look at the most devious motives as well!
20th March 2009, 12:20 AM #4
Who knows. If you find any simplay block them at school.
20th March 2009, 03:59 AM #5
If you're talking about a .sch.uk domain, you have nothing to worry about - they can only be registered by schools (actually, they're initially registered by the LA on the school's behalf, and then the school can apply to have it changed to something useful).
Any other of the TLDs are fair game though, so either: someone is buying up domains and the company has been honourable enough to refuse and tell you (which I think unlikely), or you're on the end of some pretty feeble scare tactics (which are very common).
Thanks to powdarrmonkey from:
bwestlake (27th January 2013)
20th March 2009, 09:16 AM #6
I know one school where a student bought the .co.uk domain name for his school and put a proxy site on it.
20th March 2009, 09:57 AM #7
For our school I bought about 10 variations and had them all forward to the same address. Made life easier, especially as each domain name cost 99p.
20th March 2009, 10:37 AM #8
The .sch.uk ending domain names for schools were actually registered as part of a joint project:
English Schools FAQ
20th March 2009, 10:44 AM #9
I had a phone call yesterday from an Asian lady claiming to be from Message Labs wanting to give us a free book on how to keep your network safe and would we accept an e-mail from them with the ebook as an attachment, well you can guess what I told her (Yeh corse I wil luv after all i am stupid lookin) not!
So told staff to be on their toes for anything like this in the future.
Our Corporate County IT Services have had quite a few services down because of a Trojan which has infected other managed services to other groups whom they deliver IT to so be on your guard people.
20th March 2009, 10:58 AM #10
where are you getting your domains from?
Originally Posted by nephilim
20th March 2009, 12:14 PM #11
1and1 or 123reg depends on who has a deal on the day
20th March 2009, 12:20 PM #12
Just a quick comment, MessageLabs *do* do these calls and are often offering free whitepapers and the like...
Originally Posted by bossman
20th March 2009, 12:21 PM #13
Nominet maintain the .uk domain, so this includes everything. .sch.uk, .gov.uk etc and yes, these are reserved for schools and government.
However, they'd be nothing stopping someone registering: yourschoolname.co.uk for example.
20th March 2009, 01:52 PM #14
It was probably genuine. It would be a fairly rubbish attack - ask on the phone first whether you'd like to accept a virus.
Originally Posted by bossman
They were probably just being courteous and didnt want to send out unsolicited emails
They actually called here yesterday but reception filtered the call for us
20th March 2009, 02:23 PM #15
I was thinking more of the teachers who would unintentionally accept this kind of attack as has happened to our County IT.
As for the Woman representing message Labs I couldn't understand what she was saying as the dialect was that bad and when I asked her a question she did not understand either.
Just a waste of time really as I have had whitepapers before from them but not via this route.
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