A couple weeks ago I wrote a piece about the CQD.com ordeal, a post that has become one of the all time forum reads.
Since then the thread has really heated up with a lot more evidence coming out and a lot of detective work provided by some members such as TheLegendaryJp, Grilled, Silentptnr, etc…
The gist of the story is that James Booth paid $25,000 plus escrow for CQD.com, the domain was taken out of his account, he was scammed and the Escrow.com KYC did not prevent it. He got legal team involved, Web.com investigated for 3 months and gave him the name back. The real owner (22 years of ownership) came to Namepros saying she was scammed. Booth posted he proposed a solution.
Things have gotten a bit contentious as James Booth has been pissed about a RipOffReport that was filed by Rebecca has cast light on his integrity, and it’s a bit misleading because he did not steal anything as far as we know, but he is in possession of stolen property allegedly.
It seems a lot of parties are being quiet Escrow.com who Rebecca said someone from there told her a check was cashed by a man in L.A. Silentptnr asked a couple times who was this person? Web.com owner of Network Solutions who actually did a 3 month investigation of the transaction and gave the name back to Booth after they initially stripped him of the name.
TheLegendaryJp has posed the following to James:
James, no fault of your own, you bought a stolen domain, give it back and save the nice lady her time and lawyer fee’s. Tell me what you will have gained by forcing her to act, losing money yourself on legal fee’s, dragging this out and ruining your name all to end up losing any ways.
Any decent sleuth can see it was stolen, unless you have rock solid evidence you paid Rebecca, game over.
And that seems to be where most are at this point, why prolong it? But to be fair James can play his cards however he likes, he believes he bought the name properly and did proper due diligence.
Rebecca posted an update on what she has done so far with regard to taking action to get her domain back.
have you made any law enforcement progress? (like a case number being assigned by law enforcement, don’t post it anything though)?
yes i have a case number with my local police authorities and my report of the stolen domain.
yes, i confirmed receipt of my complaint to the FBI
yes i have emails from ICANN and Versign. ICANN has gone silent. Verisign not helpful.
yes i have reports and responses from FCC
yes i have been in close contact with my contact at network solutions/web.com – very attainable but very neutral at the same time. they are protecting themselves. i am about a 50 minute drive from their office and can be at their door within an hour.
any responses from law enforcement authorities after reporting this?
truth be told, most of them don’t understand any of this, but all are helping me.
Who exactly emailed you the first screenshot you posted of the escrow 19k transaction?
i am going through all my mac mail. my rjb yahoo mail and my spoiltrider gmail to find that original email to answer this question with zero quesiton. at this point there is a huge amount of paperwork i am going through for other agencies requests as well. i am working on this to confirm where it came from and exact day and time.
NOTE: mac mail is my only incoming and outgoing mail program. i do not log into yahoo or gmail or domain mail from the websites. they all run through mac mail. i had 14 emails in mac mail…until now …i have 15 now since i had to create my @comquestdesign.com email….only 1 of my emails is IMAP to my handhelds, it is/was not @cqd.com. only my real estate emails come through that domain and pointer domain to my handhelds. so any email i sent out was from my mac computer, mac mail) i can prove what a real email from firstname.lastname@example.org would look like for years and years. i have pulled one from
Any idea why the second screenshot posted had a different email address on it?
sorry, what screen shot with what different email address?
This story is an eye opener for a lot of domain investors with regards, to due diligence, escrow responsibility, account protection.