A few days agao, various media websites published the news that NIXI permits Net4India domain name customers to transfer to other Registrars. But in reality this was just a damage control exercise. The domains owners were still not issued auth code, hence unable to transfer their domain from Net4 India to GoDaddy or Bigrock or any other registrar of their choice. Instead, Net4India has started transferring domains to another Registrar Openprovider, unauthorisedly & deceitfully; without bringing it to the knowledge & taking consent of the Domain Registrant (Domain Owner).
Why should Domain Owners be concerned?
So what is the harm in transferring domain from Net4 India to Openprovider? When the domain registrants just want to transfer out their domain from Net4, how does it matter whether domain is transferred to GoDaddy or Bigrock or even Openprovider?
- Domain Transfer without Registrant’s Knowledge & Consent
The first objectionable reason is: The domain transferred to another registrar without bringing it to the knowledge and seeking consent from the domain owner (Domain Registrant). You would be always believing that our domain is with Net4. Suppose you have an emergency issue and you need to change Nameservers or update Whoise Data, you approach Net4 which is not even responding, what will you do? You don’t even know where your domain is registered with. Only a technical person can find out that the domain is no more with Net4 India but Openprovider
Now when you approach Openprovider only to get the reply:
“You never registered or transferred your domain with Openprovider so it is not responsible for any support. Net4 is our reseller and you should contact them at these numbers. But nobody answers your calls on those numbers”
Now what would you do?
- No Control Panel Access
After transferring your domain silently, without even notifying domain registrant, Net4 didn’t provide with access to the Openprovider account and control panel. So now the domain owner left with Net4 Control Panel credentials, where the owner still can see the domain believing oh yes this is my domain (with notification ‘A renewal request is in ‘in-progress’ for this domain’ under process notification appearing in red and an auth code is already in process). But the domain owner has been cheated because this is actually dummy copy of the domain which you can just play with.
- Domain Whois Information Privacy Protected
Not only this, Net4 also privacy protected the domain whois informaiton while transferring your domain to Openprovider. Now when you are left with no access to your domain, and you query a whois server only to find out that the domain whois information has been privacy protected. This means you don’t even know who is the Registrant of your domain, who is Administrative, Technical or Billing Contact. It could also be possible that someone else now own your domain while you are sleeping peacefully every night, believing that you own a domain and an online store or business running on it. One day you wake up and find that someone else is occupying your domain and running that online business you once owned.
I have written this post as quick update, since I am occupied with many cases. Please do check back soon for updates on this post again and more posts as well. In case you any domains with Net4 and need my assistance, please let me know.
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