ARIN Fraud Reporting Results - 1st Quarter 2010
Fraud Reports Received:
Total Fraud reports received this quarter = 20
Nineteen of the fraud reports received during this quarter were reports of incidents related to phishing, spam, identity theft, stalking/harassment, etc. ARIN did not investigate any of these reports, because they are outside the scope of ARIN's mission.
ARIN's response to each of these reports was to notify the reporter that the fraud reporting process is restricted to matters specifically related to ARIN's mission and area of authority such as false utilization reporting, number resource hijacking in ARIN's database, and other activity involving fraudulent submissions to ARIN or fraudulent changes to data in ARIN's WHOIS. In each of these report responses, ARIN staff provides additional useful information, including information on querying WHOIS, contact information for the network operator associated with a given IP address, etc. No further action was taken.
One report dealt with falsified utilization information being submitted to ARIN to justify IP address space. A consultant who had requested IP address space on behalf of his client reported that his client, an end user, had used falsified utilization data to justify and obtain a /22 from ARIN. ARIN recorded this in the organization’s file for tracking purposes, and is in the process of investigating this claim.