The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Wednesday, Debtember 10, 2008

It might help your case if you actually owned the item before selling it …

This just landed in my email:

Dan Johnson <>
Subject for the owner of
Wed, 10 Dec 2008 14:02:38 -0600 (CST)


The domain has recently become available for us so we are offering it to you, because you are the owner of its .org version.

Domain Guard System is intended to assist our clients with their promotion on the Internet. We use many methods to increase the effectiveness of a client's presence on the Web. Securing .com domains for anyone using another extension for their site is one of them.

There are several reasons why owning a .com is of great importance for any domain holder:

If you are interested in this domain, please act quickly, as we soon intend to bring it to the auction where the acquisition cost will be higher than now.

Please use the link below to discover the current cost of the domain, read more about the advantages of owning a .com and get information on the details of the purchase and domain transfer procedure:

Secure now!

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Best regards,
Dan Johnson
Domain Guard System

Oh really?

I decided to see if they had a parked page on and no, no website. Heck, there didn't appear to be any DNS information for the domain. I checked to see of the domain in question was even registered, and well …


Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to
for detailed information.

No match for domain "XXXXXXXXXX.COM".
>>> Last update of whois database: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 16:25:08 EST <<<

Now it's getting interesting. Let me check with my registrar to see if I can register … well, how do you like that? It's available! I can register it right now for $15.95 (yes, I know, not the cheapest registrar out there, but I've been using them for years now and never had a problem with them, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it).

So, how much is Domain Guard System asking for it?

Here's How To Buy

The price for is: $99.00

Please click on the “PayPal—Click Here To Buy” button below to make payment via PayPal.

Payments made through PayPal are Safe and Secure. You can pay by credit and debit card, or using your PayPal account. Please note, that the credit card information you submit is only viewable for and not for us.

The refund will be issued on your payment in case of any problems with the domain transfer.

Once paid, your domain name information will be delivered to your email address in next 15 to 30 minutes.

Please read our FAQ if you have more questions concerning purchase procedure and further domain management.

$99? And Domain Guard System isn't even squatting on it?

Sometimes I think I'm in the wrong business.

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