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Some Fake News Scammers Just Scammed Themselves By Buying A Worthless Domain Name

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:36:52 Z)

Some scammers probably thought they struck gold when they bought the expired domain name of an old satirical fake news website. It seems their plan was to put up a copy of the old articles using the exact same links and then profit from the residual social media and search engine traffic.

At least it looks like that was the idea of the person or persons who recently bought the domain name freedumjunkshun.com:

Domain Name: FREEDUMJUNKSHUN.COM
Registry Domain ID: 2081175454_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Update Date: 2018-01-22T22:48:49Z
Creation Date: 2016-12-11T20:16:46Z

The domain name used to point to IP address 198.71.233.19 but now directs visitors to 45.252.248.18 where they are greeted by a front page that definitely has a different look and feel (check the old one here) but which appears to contain several stories that used to be present on the old site. The slogan "We spell it wrong cuz it's funnier that way" was also a staple of the old site.

freedumjunkshunscammers.jpg

Freedumjunkshun.com used to be a satirical fake news website and the fake stories posted on it often got copied verbatim by various "real" fake news websites that didn't carry a satire disclaimer. This led to the eventual blocking of the site by Facebook back in November 2017: it was made impossible to share links from the domain on Facebook leading to the eventual shuttering of the site.

The previous owner and main writer of the site is self-professed liberal troll Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has made it his full time job to troll gullible conservatives and Trump supporters into liking and sharing his articles. He runs several other websites such as ladiesofliberty.net, shareotonin.com and dailyworldupdate.com. Sometimes he is also known under his nickname "Busta Troll". He has at least one accomplice who writes under the pen names "Freedom", "Captain Jellypants", "Butch Mannington" or "Captain Buck Atlantis".

Sources close to Blair's operation have confirmed to Lead Stories that he let the domain name expire somewhere in December of 2017. It was apparently bought by someone using the name '"Ky Vu An" claiming to live in New York according to WHOIS information. We were unable to confirm that the address exists and the phone number doesn't appear to be real either.

Registrant Name: Ky Vu An
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 2608 Mount Tabor Fairview Park, NY
Registrant City: Fairview Park
Registrant State/Province: New York
Registrant Postal Code: 10603
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.545640141458
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: vuanky@aol.com

Google Translate says "vụ án kỳ" (like in the email address) means "Court Case" in Vietnamese. We are not sure it is relevant but found it weird enough to include it anyway. Perhaps they can use it to send and receive correspondence about a lawsuit against the domain name registrar for selling them a domain name that was already pre-blocked by Facebook. Or not. Karmic justice and all...

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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