How and where can I file abuse complaints?
If you need to report a domain, web-site or email address involved in illegal/abusing activities, here are some tips you may follow to make this process easier.
Your actions will depend on the type of the issue you would like to report. Here is the brief information regarding the most common issues:
If you receive spam emails, you should report the issue to email service provider which is used for sending emails. You may find their contact details using originating IP Whois (the originating IP can be found in email headers). If you are not sure how to read email headers you may contact us by submitting a ticket to Abuse department, and we will gladly assist you with this.
NOTE: Unfortunately, we are not able to investigate Spam complaints if unsolicited emails are sent using third party email services. This is because we have no access to the servers these emails originate from and there is no way for us to check the server logs to confirm the fact of abuse. Domain names (email addresses) can be easily spoofed, so in similar cases we are able to take action regarding the domain only in case it is blacklisted by trusted organizations (like SpamHaus or SURBL) or in case a report is received from a legal authority.
Tip: When reporting spam please provide the full text of the email including its headers.
NB: Regarding text message (mobile, SMS) spam cases, please contact the mobile operator which was used to send this text message, or file an official complaint to Federal Communication Commission
is the act of attempting to acquire sensitive information (usernames, passwords, or credit card details) using fake web-sites that look almost identical to the legitimate ones. If you detect such a web-site you may report it for further actions to be taken.
Reporting phishing will require submitting a ticket to Domains - Legal and Abuse department. We would highly appreciate it if you attach a screen-shot of the abusive web-site and specify the target of phishing attack.
3) Copyright infringement.
If you detect a web-site that infringes your exclusive rights to some content, you will need to submit a DMCA-compatible notice to our Abuse department. Make sure your notice meets all the DMCA requirements which can be found below.
DMCA takedown request requirements.
In accordance with Layerwenhost Terms & Conditions as well as the applicable provisions of the DMCA, a takedown request requires the following:
1.Electronic or physical signature of the rights holder or the person authorized to act on behalf of that person;
2.Identification of the copyrighted work that has been infringed;
3.An identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Layerwebhost to locate the material (for example, by providing a URL to the material); or, if applicable, identification of the reference or link to material or activity claimed to be infringing, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Layerwebhost to locate that reference or link;
4.Name, address, telephone number, and email address of the person claiming infringement;
5.A statement by the person claiming infringement has a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the rights holder, its agent, or the law;
6.and A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the person claiming infringement is the rights holder or is authorized to act on the behalf of the rights holder.
Also, you might want to contact the domain holder directly regarding the issue. You can find their contact details using any Whois tool. If Whois details are hidden by our WhoisGuard privacy protection service, feel free to send your email to the protected email address (like ****.email@example.com). It will be forwarded to the real email address of the domain holder.
4) Fraud schemes.
If you believe you are the victim of an internet crime, or if you are aware of an attempted crime, you can file a complaint through Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://complaint.ic3.gov. You may contact either your lawyer(s) or the local authorities in order get the issue resolved. We will assist them any way we can.
5) Child pornography.
We take reports of child pornography very seriously. Please submit a ticket to Abuse department for further consideration.
Such issues should be investigated by a company that provides web-hosting services for an abusing site. In case the site in question is hosted with us, please submit a ticket to Abuse department so that we can investigate the issue.
7) Trademark infringement.
In case a domain registered with Layerwebhost contains a trademarked word or word combination you have the rights to, please submit a ticket to Domains - Legal and Abuse department for further instructions. You might also get in touch with the domain holder directly using Whois details assigned to the domain.
8) Invalid Whois details.
If you consider contact information of any particular domain (registered with Layerwebhost) to be invalid, please submit a ticket to Abuse department. If your contact details are assigned to to the domain you do not own or control, please attach the documents that confirm your identity to the ticket. This might be a color photo quality of your passport, driver's license, or any other government-issued identification, and a utility bill with your name and address.
Please mind that issues reviewed by Legal and Abuse department can be resolved via ticket only as most cases need more detailed investigation than Live Chat operators can conduct. If you have a ticket opened with Legal and Abuse department and would like to provide more details or have further questions, please continue the conversation via the ticket. Our general ticket response time is 4 hours.
NOTE: Ticket response time may not indicate the time frame the issue will be resolved within. Depending on the particular case and the type of the issue it may take different amount of time for our investigation to be carried out. Your patience and understanding are highly appreciated. You may also submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org directly.