[afnog] Suspicious request for IP address space

Leigh Porter leigh.porter at ukbroadband.com
Tue Mar 8 09:33:11 CST 2011


My recently deceased uncle has a total of 100 /16s which at the moment
are held in a bank in Libya. I am looking for a partner to help release
these IPv4 resources to invest in your country.....


-----Original Message-----
From: bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com
[mailto:bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com] 
Sent: 08 March 2011 15:19
To: Phil Regnauld
Cc: afnog at afnog.org; nanog at nanog.org; Shepherd Magumo
Subject: Re: [afnog] Suspicious request for IP address space

On Tue, Mar 08, 2011 at 02:43:38PM +0100, Phil Regnauld wrote:
> 	(Cross posting to nanog, apologies if this is considered not
appropriate).
> 
> Shepherd Magumo (shepherd) writes:
> > Good day,
> > 
> > I work for an ISP with own small AfriNIC IP block and ASN number and
> > recently received a second suspicious request for a huge IP address
space
> > with server hosting solution and we are about to turn it down.
> > 
> > Below is the exact request and I am sure there is something dodge
about this
> > request. Anybody else in ISP receive this?
> > 
> > We are looking for an IP address space of /17 and we would like to
lease it
> > > for one complete year. Please quote us the price and if its
something in
> > > our
> > > range, We will go ahead and purchase, Along with it do you provide
> > > dedicated
> > > servers and hosting services. Get back to me soon along with the
requested
> > > details.
> 
> 	Hi Shepherd,
> 
> 	Without disclosing the sender of this mail, do you know where
it's
> 	originating from, region wise ?  The size looks a bit large to
be a
> 	legitimate request.  They might be probing the market to find a
LIR
> 	willing to go along with a scam.
> 
> 	As I see it, if you consider the ratio of available IPv4 space
left in
> 	the AfriNIC pool vs. the population in Africa, there is a
temptation
> 	for IPv4 hungry orgs. to acquire v4 space via front companies in
Africa,
> 	and announce it elsewhere - where the validation process for the
> 	appropriate RIR would be more stringent.
> 

	i received the -exact- text as well.  I offered a lease, at the
usual
	terms, which was outside their range of acceptable cost.  the
request
	came from outside the AFRInic service area....

--bill






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