Daily Wrap: Sony Uses Their gTLD In Bond Promotion, .CLUB Premium Sales and CentralNic Warns Customers of Fraud

Sony Bond Moneypenny imageSony has begun using their .sony gTLD using the assistmoneypenny.sony site as a promotional tool for the latest James Bond film, with site visitors being asked to help the secret intelligence service track Moneypenny’s assailants. While they also have the equivalent .com domain registered, it redirects to their .sony domain.

DotClub logoPremium sales totalled $125,372.25 for sales of .club domains, including SnapNames sales, in October taking total cumulative sales of registry reserved premium .club names came to $1,268,199.27. The highest single sale remains Wine.club at $140,000.00.

The registry was happy with October sales, noting it “was a solid month for .club premium name sales, scaring up some strong deals through multiple channels including registrars, registry direct, brokers and aftermarket. In addition, we ended the month by launching an auction of 25 2-letter names and one 1-letter name (C.club) on EJEE’s EachNic.com platform in China. The fully bi-lingual (English and Chinese) auction is currently underway, and has been off to a good start, with the first 10 names all meeting or exceeding their reserves and successfully selling.  Results of the auction will be reflected next month in our November report.”

CentralNic logoLondon-based registrar CentralNic is warning customers of a postal fraud campaign targeting domain name registrants, and registrars. In an announcement, CentralNic said they have received copies of several fake invoices sent by post to domain registrants, which claim to be issued by CentralNic, but which direct the recipient to remit payment to bank accounts that are not theirs.