Connecting the dots, tracing tracks! New Ventures Services Corp is one of those “who is that” kind of “services / companies” that “sells” domain names and nobody really knows who they are. Well, I traced the tracks and all roads lead to Network Solutions/ Register.com / aka Web.com!
Register.com is a dirty cherry picking company! Domains expire, they cherry pick them, keep some, offer them for sale at higher than normal expired auction prices etc.
When a Register.com registered domain name expires, the domains switch to the domain name servers ztomy.com . Then they often list the domain for sale on Snapnames with a buy it now type price, sometimes in the hundreds, thousands etc. They did this in the past, not sure if they currently do, so lets do some live digging:
BadgerEnterprise.com Expired 8/2/2014. If I were to go to Register.com and “search” to see if the domain is “available”, I get a message that the domain “taken” but next to the search box is a “make offer to buy BadgerEnterprise.com. This links to an Afternic page http://www.afternic.com/rcom.php?ref_id=2987&name=badgerenterprise.com rcom is Register.com’s sales page / which was created specially for Register.com directly on Afternic. Basically a broker sales page.
That example is a “pretty fresh domain” and isn’t listed on Snapnames.com yet, but simply shows that Register.com is trying to sell these domains right after they expire and not via expired domain auction that the public can bid on the domain at a low standard price. Register.com is holding these domains (basically renewing them and keeping them).
The domain name was registered on 6/3/2012 and a website is built on the domain. The domain expires and within 3 days of expiring, Registercom is shown as the registrants of the domain name. The registrant remains this way until 7/17/2013 when:
New Ventures Services
New Ventures Services
PO BOX 459
Drums, PA 18222
Is displayed in whois and remains this way today. The domain is listed for sale via Afternic with a buy it now of $350 USD. Connection, current whois data and Afternic listing account “Register2”
A little different because this domain is registered with Names4Ever.com / Aplus.net
Registered 6/3/2013 to a Lawrence Small, domain expires 1 year later and whois switches to:
Registrant Name: Private Registration
Registrant Organization: SyncSuite LLC
Registrant Street: 110 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1650
Registrant City: Fort Lauderdale
Registrant State/Province: FL
Registrant Postal Code: 33301
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.8556242611
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant Fax Ext.:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7/17/2014 whois record displays: New Ventures Services. Domain is listed for sale via Afternic.com for $1,277 . The domain was listed on August 1, 2014. “Register2” is the Afternic seller…
This domain has some bad history to it and was actually seized by the government as documented in the past here on DotWeekly prior to me losing my database. TheDomains.com wrote about the domain selling and pointed to Homeland Security profiting from the “sale” but again, this tracks back to the domain expiring, NSI “keeping” the domain, then “selling” it via “New Ventures Services, Corp”
Since this domain was registered with Network Solutions (another Web.com registrar), it simply took a little different route. When this domain expired, it ventured to the domain name servers of “NS92.KOLMIC.COM” instead of ZtoMy.com
If GoFactoryOutlet.com did sell, it sold about 1/13/2013 and not at the time of Michaels article but I think the “profile group” is some bs company and likely still tied to Web.com.
I could track thousands and thousands of domains and link them back to Register.com / Web.com / NetworkSolutions.com and many, many more registrars owned by each of the major services and likely over 300,000 domains will link back to New Ventures Services, Corp which in the end is Web.com!
As you can see in some of the screenshots, “Register2” has 165,808 domains listed with Afternic.
I have never been a fan of domain name registrars who cherry pick expired domains and the general public is not allowed to bid in an open auction to obtain the domain. I have said that ICANN needs to step in and set an expired domain sales process that all registrars must follow but that will likely never happen. Most domain registrars offer expired domains directly to public auction, but many do not and that list is growing thanks to Web.com. Tucows is another picker and one I expressed displeasure with many times in the past!
If all the major domain registrars keep getting gobbled up, there potentially could be no more “expired domain auctions” to the public. Expired domains can be held by the registrar and simply done with how they see fit. That is a bit scary.
Other likely connections
domain name server: searchreinvented.com
If you owned a domain name and had it registered with NetworkSolutions.com and let it expire for whatever reason, don’t let them tell you that “another company” now owns the domain. This is very much not likely the case if New Ventures Services Corp is listed in whois information. Network Solutions still has control of the domain name (in the vast majority of cases) and they are likely willing to sell it to you at a certain price. A lot higher than the renewal.
If you didn’t hold up to your part and didn’t pay your renewal fee on time, then be sure you are aware of what the TOS is at the registrar you use and what is stated. Most of the time, if your domain reaches the expired date, the registrar can do as they wish with the domain name at that point. If you are with-in about 20-25 days after that expire date… most domain registrars will give you your domain name back, often at the normal renewal rate or a small fee plus the renewal.
If for any reason New Ventures Services Corp shows up on your domain even 1 day prior to expiring.. this is stealing and they have no right to take your domain name until the expire date if you do not renew. Name servers will often change on the 3rd day after expiring and this is often what alerts the domain owner and it’s a bit late at this point, but you should be able to get the domain back yet! Call the registrar directly and speak to them.
As much as I would like to help everybody with their specific domain name, I can NOT take phone calls and spend hours trying to help everybody. I am willing to do this for a fee if you need further advice. I tried to provide a fair amount of information in this article to help you. Call the registrar directly and try dealing with them. If you have other domains registered with them, I suggest you transfer them OUT to the two state registrars I mentioned.