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Complaint Review: Funmark Advertising

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  • Submitted: Tue, November 12, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

  • Reported By: Bret — South Haven Michigan
Funmark Advertising
1904 Beeches Glory Path Annapolis, Maryland USA

Funmark Advertising Rich Schott Domain Name Ransom Annapolis Maryland

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Uneducated Consumer

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 Rich Schott represented himself to me as an internet advertising specialist and encouraged me to have my own internet domain name about 2006. He charged me $75 per year for name registration and forwarding to my primary website host. In 8/2012 I received my e-mail invoice and promptly paid it on-line to his billing service. In December 2012 Google Maps phoned me to update my file because my website was not working. Upon investigation I discoverd that my name registration had expired. After several unanswered phone calls and e-mails to Rich Schott, I finally reached him, whereupon he told me I hadn't paid my renewal, so it lapsed. He stuck to this lie even in the face of my e-mailing him a copy of my receipt from his system. He told me I could still possibly redeem it for from $250 to $500, but it was out of his hands and he had no further interest. He added that there are people who watch for expiring names with high traffic volumes and snap them up the instant they become available.

I contacted eNom, who I believe to be complicit in this scam, who told me I couldn't redeem the name because I didn't own it, Rich Schott owned it thru a different company and only he could redeem it, so the registration lapsed. Periodically I would search the web, seeing if anyone else was using it, but nothing until 7/2013 when I was contacted via email by Chris @acquirethisname.com, who introduced himself as MY broker to help me negotiate the purchase of my former name from the current owner, who was, of course, anonymous. He said the asking price was around $3,000. I told him I would pay $100 max and not to bother me again with any other price. I have heard nothing since then.

I also seached Funmark and Rich Schott for adverse reports because I was sure this was an organized scam and couldn't believe I was the only victim, but nothing popped up. I finally searched acquirethisname.com and hit on it. This is a well-established scam with many players.

I have recently filed complaints with the Maryland AG's office and the FTC, but it will probably be years before they do anything about this fraud.

Many people already know how bad acquirethisname is. I want them to know what a creepy, slimy bastard Rich Schott is, as well. His company name is telling, as well. Funmark- he has the fun and you are the mark. He also operates a charter fishing business- Chesapeake Bay Sportfishers, LLC, boat name: Gotcha! Also telling of his mind frame.


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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

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AUTHOR: Funmark - ()

As I read this information all I could do is scratch my head and wonder how someone could be so uneducated to even make such claims! Since being involved in Internet marketing since 1993 and helping 1000's of clients worldwide and never having a single complaint this caught my attention. I have to tell you the real story of this guy who obviuosly does NOT get it! Yes, he was a client for several years paying only $75 a year for hosting for his site. However, he claims that the domain is so valuable yet it was several months before it was even brought to our attention that the domain was not working.

Once it was brought to our attention we immediately starting to look to see what had happened for the domain to stop working. After reviewing the billing and domain records, we found the domain had been expired for several months and was still available in the redemption process which would have been $250 of which we advise we could still help with since it was still in redemption mode. The client denied getting it redeemed even though we had advised that once it goes beyond the redemption time period anyone would be able to get the domain. Well, the redeption period went by and a domain reseller picked up the domain and is now selling it on the open market. We are NOT in the domain ownership business and have NO interest in any of our clients domain.

The domain is now owned by some 3rd party company that who knows what the process will be to get it. Unfortuanely, when people try to build their business on shoestring budgets and cut corners in the wrong places it can end up in unwanted results. This client was advised exactly what to do when he still had time to do it and chose to ignore our advise. Now trying to blame us for his uneducated understanding of how the domain process works. Anyone who know anything about domains and registrations would know you can NOT hold a domain for ransom. We have no involvement with this domain and have no desire to have any future involvement with the domain or the client. I'm not sure what we could have done more to educate the client on the domain process, but I do know that we have registered 1000's of domains in 20 years and this has NEVER happened before!

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