ICANN has suspended the registrar behind Domain Registry of America (DROA), a company suspected of being one of the worst slammers ever.
Wikipedia defines domain slamming as “a scam in which the offending domain name registrar attempts to trick domain owners into switching from their existing registrar to theirs, under the pretense that the customer is simply renewing their subscription to their current register.”
DROA has been sending out renewal notices to domain owners using other registrars for years. It’s been the bane of the registrar industry.
It appears the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement has finally given ICANN the power to shut this slamming activity down.
On its website, DROA states that it manages names through the ICANN accredited registrar, Brandon Gray Internet Service Inc. This is the registrar ICANN has gone after, hitting them with a suspension notice. From today, July 19, until October 17, the registrar will be unable to register new names or transfer in existing names from another registrar.
ICANN is asking the registrar to stop all slamming activities and pledge not to re-initiate them, or face de-accreditation.