As noted yesterday, “Zachary” claims the domain scam.com has been sold “many times”.
Zachary Join Date: Nov 2005 Location: Lisbao, Portugal
Re: I quit this website ….. 06-11-2010
“I don’t understand why everyone thinks I am the scammer here. I am not George either. The site’s been sold many times.“
Not according to Domain Tools it hasn’t.
There have only been 2 registrars since the site was first registered in 1994.
The original owner, Daedalus Howell, posted a notice on the scam.com site back in November 2002 that the site was being sold to the present owner:
Attention SCAM.com E-mail Users:
SCAM.com is now under new ownership. All current SCAM.com e-mail accounts will be terminated on November 30, 2002. The new proprietors have agreed to give current e-mail users 30 days to find another e-mail provider, thereafter, all user information, data and e-mail privileges will be terminated. You are strongly urged to make new e-mail arrangements as soon as possible.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patronage.
Then, from the time of the sale up until about April 2004, the current owner used the site as a porno gateway as noted in an earlier blog.
The April 19 2004 page of the site saved by the waybackmachine shows: Threads: 1, Posts: 1, Members: 15, so that was about the time scam.com became “legitimate”.