Identity theft occurs when a person registers one or more domain name(s) using the identity of a third party individual.
To fight against identity theft, Afnic has published a practical guide entitled “Fighting against identity theft” and set up a two-step procedure:
- Step #1 “The request to access your information in the Whois database” (the step is optional but recommended): it allows you to know which domain name (s) has/have been registered using the victim’s personal information.
- Step #2 “The request to delete your illegally appropriated information from the Whois database”: this step allows you to obtain the deletion of the domain name (s) registered under identifiers (called NIC HANDLE) containing illegally appropriated data. Your request must be accompanied by a complaint for identity theft.
NB: This procedure applies to individuals, for all of the domains managed by Afnic (.fr, .pm, .re, .tf, .wf and .yt.). Corporations can use our alternative dispute resolution procedures (ADR).