UPDATE: European MEP "unbelievable" German high school student getting away with fraud
April 26, 2010
Today the office of a German member of the European Parliament said its "unbelievable that this could happen" to the Gymnasium Querfurt in Germany. Christopher Mettin a student at the prestigious German high school continues to sell Top-Level Domains using his schools reputation as a marketing tool. Mettin is an associate of Herman Xennt a convicted felon in the Netherlands (details at main story below).
Dr. Hans-Jorg Daumer Principle of the Gymnasium Querfurt said "Christopher is not commissioned to act on behalf of the Gymnasium Querfurt" and further stated Mettin would be prohibited from using the schools name to sell domains.
But to date the principles efforts have been in vein. Mettins website and the INAIC.com site run by Herman Xennt continue to use the schools reputation to sell a questionable product and service to unsuspecting members of the public.
A prepresentative from MEP Jan Albrecht office advises any victims of the scam contact the German police directly.
UPDATE: German high school student fraudster exposed
January 12, 2010
Today I received a letter from Dr. Hans-Jorg Daumer the Principle of the Gymnasium Querfurt High School in Germany concerning his student Christopher Mettin. According to Daumer "Christopher is not commissioned to act on behalf of the Gymnasium Querfurt". Daumer said Mettin will be punished "according to German school law".
Mettin falsely claimed he represented the schools interests at the American Registry for Internet Numbers. His attempts to aquire number resources through the fradulent misrepresentation of a school official went very wrong when Mettin was exposed as a participant in the Herman Xennt domain scam. (see story below of September 21, 2009 for more details)
German high school students recent victims of dutch drug trafficker (Main Story)
September 21, 2009
Dr. Hans-Jorg Daumer, Principle of Gymnasium Querfurt
German high school students at the Gymnasium Querfurt are the recent victims of a Top-Level Domain (TLD) sales scam run by Dutch con artist Herman Xennt. Herman known to the Netherlands police is a convicted felon who was arrested for drug trafficking and tax evasion.
Administration at the school, one of Germany's top ten high schools, confirmed today they are an INAIC approved reseller of Top-Level Domains (TLDs). The press release dated July 1 but published September 16 announced the distinguished German high school, recognized by the German government as one of the best in the country, launched GQnet.
The school joins an impressive list of organizations on the INAIC victims list. Both the Government of Turkey and SITA (Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautique) participated in marketing stolen property through INAIC. In these cases the intellectual property rights to top-level domains sold by INAIC are part of a commercial fraud involving former partners of Herman Xennt and the Top Level Domain Association, another front for the organization.
Innocence betrayed "You can trust me ... this organization exists"?
Christopher Mettin, Student Network Administrator at the Gymnasium Querfurt
Christopher Mettin the schools 18 year old student network administrator runs the GQnet student project for the Gymnasium Querfurt. Mettin insists the INAIC organization is not a scam. "You can trust me", he said "this organization exists". When pressed for details on the organizations head office address or it's jurisdiction of incorporation Mettin was unable to answer but did confirm his contact at INAIC was Herman Xennt.
Martijn Burger the official chairman of the Internet Names Authorization & Information Center (the real INAIC) issued an official statement on December 3 2008 that the organization behind INAIC.com has never been operational.
When presented with the statement Mettin responded he did "not really care whether the address was correct or" where "INAIC is incorporated". He insisted instead that if the technical aspects of the system worked that was all the credibility he and the school needed. "The TLD's resolve and that's what counts" he said as proof INAIC is legitimate.
According to Mettin school administration were aware of the scandal and he did not rule out legal action. Dr. Hans-Jorg Daumer, the school Principle, was away from his office this week and unavailable for comment.
Identity theft - could the Gymnasium Querfurt be next?
Keith Teare, former CEO, President, and Chairman of RealNames Corporation
In a related story INAIC TLD reseller VAGUE is claiming the Irish company is associated with Keith Teare the well known founder of RealNames a $130 million Microsoft project. Teare denied RealNames has anything to do with the reseller. "I just read the various sites", Teare said, "looks like a major scam".
Teare is not alone in having his identity stolen to sell bogus TLDs. At INAIC identity theft and brand name piracy is a common practice used as a marketing tool to look legitimate. The legal departments of major multinational corporations like Hilton Hotels, Akzo-Nobel, KFC and Philips Electronics have all threatened legal action against INAIC to protect their identities and brand names.
Xennt - the wizard behind the curtain.
Herman Xennt outside drug lab
Herman Xennt the man behind INAIC first came to public attention in 2002 as the man behind the XTC bunker. The "bunker" is a former NATO base built in 1955. In 1995 Herman purchased the facility from the dutch government and installed himself as a constitutional monarch. He also installed an XTC lab to manufacture the psychoactive and psychedelic drugs ecstasy and MDMA.
On Saturday July 27th 2002 the XTC lab went up in flames and the dutch fire brigade was called. This prompted a police investigation into the XTC lab and Xennt was arrested the next day for drug trafficking. Herman became an infamous local celebrity overnight and was widely reported in the local papers.
But at the local police station in the City of Goes Herman is best known as a commercial fraud artist. Adriaan Capello is the police officer who keeps an eye on Herman. Capello has an impressive file of complaints from people swindled by Xennt in various technology investment schemes.
Capello points out there is nothing the local police can do. Capello tries his best to investigate but in the end the police don't have the time, resources, or expertise to investigate commercial crime involving high technology fraud and the cases end up in limbo.