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  1. Coder

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    The London Office of Verifications and Registrations

    Got a call from someone from The London Office of Verifications and Registrations www.loovar.co.uk today. I have a small business and the lady who phoned told me who she was calling from and that they had received an application to have my company name registered in all the other available extensions ie: .net, .biz, .info, .eu. I was told they also wanted the .co.uk extension which I already have and the .com extension. I was also told the company applying for the extensions was in the same line of business as I am and was also based in London, as I am.

    I was told that they were calling to verify that I was the person applying for the extensions and when I said no they said it was probably being applied for with malicious attempt to draw traffic away from my site. They said that as I was already trading under that name that they would give me 1st refusal. I was out at the time and I admit it kinda put the frighteners on me and I foolishly decided to go ahead and purchase these domain extensions. Total price £470. (£100 each for 2years + VAT.)

    I did ask them if they were from Nominet and they said no they were from The London Office of Verifications and Registrations. It sounds like some body for domains and I bought it! What a plonker! It turns out they're no more than another register! And their domain www.loovar.co.uk was only registered 26 days only. And they haven't bother to register .net, .biz, .info, .eu. for their domain name!:rolleyes:
    Let's face it...domains registered in the UK are on a first-come first-served basis and no registrar would bother checking if companies with different extensions might be affected by new registrations. Hardly their concern! But at the time I didn't think they were just a registrar.

    I contacted Nominet and they said to contact Trading Standards.
    I sent Loovar an email 1st and told them of my intent to inform trading standards if they don't cancel the domains and refund me.

    Hope no-one else falls for this one!!!

    Coder
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    Hmm I quite like this
     
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    Just seen in the contact info, in the WhoIS information for their .com extension is:info@streamlineltd.co.uk

    Loovar have the same phone no. as streamlineltd but stramlineltd's website only has a phone no. now. Seem to have moved names, having been rumbled. They have the same address as when they were streamlineltd, in Fleet street!

    http://www.uksmallbusinessforums.com/printer_friendly_posts.asp?TID=6632
     
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    Just thinking if you paid by credit card, could you not call your issuer and stop the transactions?
     
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    The business changed names in July. There are two directors, if you need welsh addresses let me know..
     
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    Tried that, they can't do it.
    They said they haven't any control there end on that, only DD's.
    Maybe when it comes out I could say I don't know anything about it!! And get the money back that way. It's happened before when someone used my details to pay a parking fine!!:evil:
     
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    You could initiate a chargeback..
     
  9. Coder

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    Isn't that were you don't get the goods?
    They did what they said, it's just they lied to pressure me into the expensive purchase.
     
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    Maybe you could have then on the Distance Selling Regulations
    Twll them you are rejecting the service under DSR, if they dont comply, then charge back.
     
  11. Coder

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    Thanks meinthecorner! Didn't think of that!
    It doesn't say anything about that on their Terms and Conditions.

    It says this in their Payment Policies - Payment Processing
    :By purchasing our domain and/or hosting services, you are agree to pay London Office of Verifications and Registrations Ltd the required duration of said service(s) in full. If the customer wishes to cancel before the full length paid for, we will refund/credit for un-used service time paid. Please note that there may be an additional admin charge of no more than ?20 (UK GBP) for early cancellations.

    and this in their Cancellation policy: Fees for products and services are non-refundable, unless there is an express money-back guarantee.
     
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    They cold called you and you haven't been given and cooling off period
     
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    The distance selling regulations won' come into play if the domains are for a business.

    Also, as domains count as a 'custom' item, i.e. made just for you, they aren't covered unfortunately

    I do hope you can get your money back - it's not fair :(
     
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    Oh Cr*p!!!:(
     
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    If you paid on your personal card not business card you are covered. I would always try the cooling off period anyway, you never know!
     
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    They mentioned £20.

    Please note that there may be an additional admin charge of no more than ?20 (UK GBP) for early cancellations.
    Hope that for the cooling off period but they don't mention anything about a cooling off period.

    They do say:
    You have ninety (90) days to dispute any charge or payment processed by London Office of Verifications and Registrations Ltd.
     
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    Business card, I'm afraid!
    I certainly will try though!
     
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    I briefly discussed this subject with our solicitor a few weeks ago.

    The selling tactics of Loovra are devious, but they almost certainly will deliver what they have promised, at the agreed price and time.

    If you were a consumer then DSR would give you an opportunity to cancel the deal and obtain a refund. If you are making a purchase as a business customer then DSR do not applicable.

    Apparently there is some grey area/overlap between consumers and business customers. There is a disclaimer on Staples website saying that it is only for business buyers - but they clearly sell to the general public in their stores.

    You may be successful in claiming a refund if you pursue the matter, I would be interested to know the final outcome.
     
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    Thanks Keys for the info.
    Yes they have registered the domains and forwarded them as they said they would.
    I've no doubt they made up the story about a competitor ready to register the domains' other extensions. Adding extra impetus by saying they also operate from London. My proper/usual registrar say DSR regs don't apply to domains where the domain has been registered. So DSR, as you say may not work here.
    I've just sent them an email pointing out that I realise they were in fact Streamlineltd operating from the same address/phone no. and sent them a link where others were complaining about Streamlineltd doing the same thing happening to them.
    Told them I'll sent it all to trading standards if I don't get confirmation of a refund.

    I'll certainly let you know how I get on!
     
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