In recent days DNS Belgium has received a number of questions from .be domain name registrants who have received invoices from Media Center Europe, a company in Leeuwarden (NL).

DNS Belgium
Internet business

We recently received reports detailing a far-reaching type of fraud. The fraudsters reserve a domain name that strongly resembles the actual domain name of a web shop and build an accurate replica of the site of this web shop.


Every year for many years now, DNS Belgium has organised 3 to 4 meetings with some fifteen committed .be registrars.

DNS Belgium

Abbreviations are handy, but they can sometimes cause confusion. For example, with the new domain name extensions currently being released, we talk about the new “gTLDs”.

Internet business
  • 14 AugWe are receiving new complaints about Media Center Europe. Please be aware of their practices! http://t.co/fmbe16cpsd
  • 13 AugThe release was performed without issues and all systems are up and running
  • 12 AugDue to a planned release tomorrow (6-8 am CEST), the public website (including WHOIS) will be down for some time during this window.

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit organisation that is responsible worldwide for managing domain names.


The division of the US Department of Trade that handles the domain name system.


The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other internet protocol resources.


Council of European National Top-level domain Registries. It is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the interest of country code TLD managers.