Recently, we learned that ICANN (the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers – or – those folks in charge of domain names & IP addresses) had announced the Domain Registry of America aka Brandon Gray Internet Services aka NameJuice (and hopefully all of their subsidiary companies) – had been suspended from registering or transferring domains until the 17th of October 2014.
If you have ever been in receipt of one of their deceptive “renewal notices” – then you may recognize the name – this is the company that sends out hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) – or letters which are SOLICITATIONS, but deceptively look they are an official renewal notice from your current domain registrar.
Here is an example:
Brandon Gray Internet has operated under a number of different names, depending on the market which they were intending scraping the business from – their letters are (were?) deliberately setup to look like an official “invoice” – but were in-fact, nothing more than a solicitation for business – and an expensive one at at.
Names used by DROA/Brandon Gray Internet include:
- Domain Registry of America
- Domain Renewal Group
- Domain Registry of Australia
- Domain Registry of Canada
- Domain Registry of Europe
- Internet Registry of Canada
- Liberty Names of America
- Registration Services Inc.
- Yellow Business.ca
- Internet Corporation Listing Service
for a copy of the official notification from ICANN to Brandon Gray Internet (droa) – click to view the PDF notice posted on the ICANN website.
As mandated by ICANN – the home page of Brandon Gray (Namejuice) now shows a notice that they are not accepting domains – their subsidiary sites (DROA for example) do not – which might indicate they aren’t even in compliance with the terms of their ICANN suspension – which may extend their suspension – we can hope!