It seems that someone has nabbed one of the best known Brazilian web domains, imoveis.com.br, the original owners have just reported the incident to the authorities.
The domain was bought in 2010 for 300,000 USD by the Real Web company, who own many other web-stars companies, including the Italian Immobiliare.it.
It seems that fake documents were presented to the NIC, and the domain is now registered under the name of Lucas da Silva Cavalcante di Recife. Last night the original owners noticed from Italy a suspicious change of the access credentials. A control conducted in the Database owned by NIC, the association who deals with internet domains in Brazil, revealed that someone, producing fake documents (including Real Web owner's ID), proceeded with a new registration.
Andrea Piccioni, Real Web spokesman, said: "It's a very serious situation and we have asked our lawyers to deal with it. Authorities are already investigating about the possible involvement of other people that could have created a fake certification in a local notary office used for the swindle. It is important to proceed as quickly as possible: above all, because it is possible that Lucas da Silva Cavalcante di Recife intends to sell the domain www.imoveis.com.br to other people or companies that are completely unaware of the fact that the domain actually belongs to Real Web. We have already presented a motion to the NIC/Brazilian Register to throw light on this serious event."
Source: Real Web