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ARIN Fraud Reporting Results - 3rd Quarter 2012

Fraud Reports Received
Date/Ticket Number Report Type Actions Taken
20120705-F1010 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120709-F987 Report of false Whois information Unable to confirm; requested more detailed information from reporter
20120719-F988 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120729-F989 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120730-F1030 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120806-F1050 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120815-F1070 Request for Whois information Provided Whois information
20120816-F1090 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120820-F1091 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120824-F1110 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120828-F1111 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120828-F1112 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120828-F1113 Report of invalid Whois contact information Unable to verify; requested additional info
20120828-F1114 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120904-F1094 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120906-F1115 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120909-F1116 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120923-F1133 Non-ARIN fraud Replied with information on reporting the fraud
20120924-F123 Report of hijacked block Verified block was hijacked, reverted changes, locked records, asked legitimate registrant to update/return/transfer block

Total Fraud reports received this quarter = 19

Investigation Results

ARIN received a total of nineteen fraud reports during the 3rd quarter of 2012.   Three reports centered on ARIN's Whois data, with one being simply a request for Whois information.  The other two reports pertained to invalid Whois information. Staff was unable to verify either of these reports with the limited information given and responded to both reporters asking for more detailed information. 

One fraud report notified ARIN of a recent hijacked block.  ARIN staff researched this information and verified that the block was indeed hijacked. Staff then reverted all changes in the database, locked down the registration records, and contacted the legitimate registrant to ask them to update their record.

Fifteen fraud reports received during this quarter were reports of incidents related to phishing, spam, identity theft, 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.