It’s no (longer) a secret to anyone that DomainLore does it’s best to detect and expose shill bidders attempting for good, but instead encountering their bad luck on this platform. No other auction platform (like S*** (no, it’s not S-word, so I better spell it, it’s Sedo!) or eBay) cares so much about integrity of it’s sales and true identities of their bidders tracing all their hidden (and not so much) links to the seller. Yes, it’s a S.E.C job for domain name sales I am doing here :))
Even though it is strongly advised to every new bidder before he or she can join the auction and get her hands dirty that it is an illegal, criminal offence to bid in the auctions of any related person (friend, employee, hairdresser ..etc..etc.), still some people are so dumb, bold and arrogant that they believe it won’t hurt to try, when there are money on the table..
Well, it will hurt. Whenever one decides to deceive and commit fraudulent acts against it’s prospective clients instead of carrying with the trade in a law-abiding and ethical way, that stuff is going to bring a tangible damage to the person’s karma.
In 35 years, Mr John Orr of, now being liquidated Variety Retail Limited, doesn’t seem to have learned that deceiving people for money isn’t a honourable thing to do. So to propel his variety.co.uk auction price, his greed didn’t let him think too deeply before asking his company secretary, an employee Ms Keri Anglin, to conspire with him in an attempt to defraud DomainLore buyers.
Bidding from an adjacent to the Mr Orr IP block in Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, the lady, being blissfully ignorant of the matter (I won’t say too stupid), has signed with her real name and seemingly enjoyed being in a bidding war with her genuine opponents.
Unfortunately for them, the auction ended with them coming as a highest bidder. Unfortunately for them too, DomainLore reviews all meaningful auctions for shill-bidding patterns and is able to catch offenders most of the time before, often during and sometimes shortly after their act was brilliantly or stupidly executed.
Too bad, what could have been a fair sale for John, turned into a public name and shame by his own adherently greedy choice.