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    • sebsauvage on Mon 07 Jun 2010
    • 11:22:00 AM UTC

    "Buy-a-star" scam.

    The "buy a star" scam dates up to 2001.

    Of course, the only official star name registry is the IAU (International Astronomical Union) which rejects this kind of commerce.

    See for example: http://www.mywot.com/scorecard/osr.org

    I only scoured the 5 first result pages of Google for "buy a star" (praise the mass rating tool), but there are surely plenty of others.


    (In WOT forums, how do you prevent the URLs to become links ?)


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    • Jazspeak on Mon 07 Jun 2010
    • 08:16:11 PM UTC

    Re: how do you prevent the URLs to become links?

    The usual method seems to be to replace http with hxxp.

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    • shazza on Mon 07 Jun 2010
    • 08:55:22 PM UTC

    On wot forum..

    Take off the "http://www."

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      • sebsauvage on Mon 07 Jun 2010
      • 09:44:52 PM UTC


      I did not put the http:// :-/

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        • Sami on Tue 08 Jun 2010
        • 10:34:53 AM UTC

        Re: http

        You can remove the www. prefix from the host names to stop the forum from converting them to links.

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    • Kraftwerk on Tue 08 Jun 2010
    • 10:24:00 AM UTC


    I haven´t had a close look at the sites.

    But is it really"buy a star", which would be ridicolous, or "name a star"?

    Blueberrycake Level Member of the WOT Community

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      • sebsauvage on Tue 08 Jun 2010
      • 11:36:28 AM UTC

      It's all in the fine prints

      Most of them present as the official star registry, which is clearly misleading.
      (If you read the fineprint, they don't. And their business is technically legal.)

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    • shazza on Tue 08 Jun 2010
    • 11:44:11 AM UTC

    'Name a star'

    Not ' buy a star'. Some of the sites clearly state that the naming is for their records
    only eg -
    1) starmoniker.com:
    "Star naming by any organization other than the IAU is not recognized by the scientific community.
    Your star’s name is reserved in our records only."

    2) starregistry.com:
    International Star Registry star naming is not recognized by the scientific community.
    Your stars name is reserved in International Star Registry records only. "

    should this really be considered a scam or a gimmick?

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      • sebsauvage on Tue 08 Jun 2010
      • 01:42:04 PM UTC

      Fine prints

      All, in their fine print, admit that their database is not scientifically recognized.

      But selling a line in a database for 100 US dollars looks like a scam to me, especially with officially-looking names like "Global Star Registry", "International Star Registry".

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    • shulee on Wed 14 Jul 2010
    • 03:59:46 PM UTC

    Not all are scams

    I checked into http://www.ownapieceofamerica.us where you can "buy" a Deed to Land in every state of the US. OK so it's only 1 square inch of land but their all individually numbered with purchaser's name or recipient's name on it and exact location showed.
    Yes, it's legal says the SEC and Attorney General as long as it is not sold by Own a Piece of America company as an investment (which it clearly does not) and as long as it is sold as a gift or novelty item. (from $1.95 up to $49.95)
    It lists many Caveats and dos and don't s that they sound humorous as well as legal. And owners have no responsibilities thereafter (not taxes, etc) They keep their own database of landowners and all appears on the up and up. They've also been in business for 20 years or more. I think it's all kosher and a lot of fun for gifts particularly for the person who has everything..

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    • Cygnus on Wed 14 Jul 2010
    • 09:34:44 PM UTC

    The Cygnus constellation sez...

    If you'd like to rename me, send me $79.99. In return I'll give you an unofficial certificate on a plaque (some assembly required) I'll even toss in a shiny lapel pin, for an extra 5 bucks. Sound fair?

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      • leofelix (not verified) on Fri 11 Feb 2011
      • 06:46:30 PM UTC

      @ starla mae

      from the first website you are promoting

      The perfect way to express your feeling of love to someone is by naming a star. It is a unique way to show how much you care for someone. Naming a star is the romantic way to express love and to say ‘I love you’. Star is a symbol of love. Star is the precious gift for special person of your life

      Star is a symbol of love?
      I was not aware of it nor I have ever thought to buy a symbol before (but an engagement ring)

      Is that a coincidence that your first site redirects to

      http://www.mywot.com/scorecard/starregistry.com ?

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    • Anonymous on Fri 11 Feb 2011
    • 10:38:30 AM UTC

    RE: "Buy-a-star" scam.

    But is it their legitimate right to name something.Cook found Islands and for a time they were called the Cook Islands.I think your right to name something should have something to do with you finding something.If these sites actually discovered new stars they might have a claim if it was used to fund research into other work.But this is just daft.Why not name a blade of grass.Or name a fish in the Atlantic.There are mugs everywhere.My own Daughter was daft enough to buy into this BS.

    And the piece of paper they sent her looked like a 10 year old had a go at the graphics.A big yellow star on the top with blue background,how imaginative.Why not name that turd.LOL.

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      • BobJam (not verified) on Fri 11 Feb 2011
      • 07:02:31 PM UTC


      @ Conspiracy Theory,

      Well put . . . my compliments,

      (Is the "Cook Islands" you're talking about the same as the "Sandwich Islands" which later became the Hawaiian Islands? Cook was killed by an angry Hawaiian on the Big Island, wasn't he?)

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      • Anonymous on Fri 11 Feb 2011
      • 07:08:00 PM UTC

      RE: "Buy-a-star" scam.

      They have discovered nothing.
      I have the position and designation of about 1billion stars in my databases.
      I'm sure they have not found one that hasn't been cataloged already.

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    • c۞g on Fri 11 Feb 2011
    • 10:06:40 PM UTC

    RE: "Buy-a-star" scam.

    Quickly scanned this...
    The OP's domain list, cleaned up:

    List of domains/hosts:


    Notice, I did not color them red

    sebsauvage's scorecard comment references a couple good points that I felt should be added to this discussion, they are:

    The article title is: Buy a Star, But It's Not Yours
    In the article it states:
    Is ISR's star-naming business therefore a scam? No, not legally. The company promises to send you a piece of parchment, a booklet and a star map -- and it delivers. It also promises to copyright your star's new name and location in a book -- and it does.
    Did anyone read the source reference before offering ratings?
    If you did, you know that IBR started in 1979 - I remember seeing advertisements in the Sunday newspaper for this; usually around holidays that florists advertise: Christmas / Mother's Day / Valentine's Day...
    The domain: starregistry.com was createed in 1998 - 3 years before this Wired article hit (Christmas time..)
    If you visit the site, you'll see in the footer:
    International Star Registry® star naming is not recognized by the scientific community.
    Your stars name is reserved in International Star Registry® records only.

    So, they're being honest as to not being "officially" recognized in the scientific community.

    These domains require sorting by registrant.
    starregistry.com is not a scam: there is no deceit, no one is victimized, there is no fraud.
    It's all in "fun and games"
    Not 1 star has ever been sold, there is no deed (transfer of property) offered.
    However, if all these domains are not by the same owner / registrant, then they need to be grouped and each group visited and reviewed - some may be a scam...

    ∞ Opto, ergo sum _https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_You_and_I

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    • Jazspeak on Fri 11 Feb 2011
    • 11:09:57 PM UTC

    RE: "Buy-a-star" scam.

    For anyone daft enough to buy into the "Buy-a-star" scam then you might also be daft enough to buy bits of the moon - see http://www.lunarregistry.com

    Check out the "Special Sweethearts Package" that claims to get you "Two deluxe acres in the Moon's beautiful Lake Of Dreams, side-by-side — the most perfect romantic gift ever. For much less than the price of naming a star...". Looks like the US could do with enacting some enforceable advertising standards, especially when considering describing lunar acreages as "deluxe".

    ~Music is not just for the Masses~

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      • c۞g on Fri 11 Feb 2011
      • 11:41:21 PM UTC

      RE: daft enough

      The sites referenced are labeled as scam

      Some may be, but certainly not all...

      Your post is off topic, IMO.

      Or does presenting "site b" which has nothing to do with "sites a" a means to justify "sites a" are corrupt?

      Looks like an attempt to throw a wrench...

      ∞ Opto, ergo sum _https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_You_and_I

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        • Jazspeak on Sat 12 Feb 2011
        • 12:13:07 AM UTC

        RE: daft enough

        Re "sites referenced are labeled as scam"

        Are you suggesting that selling bits of the moon is somehow less of a scam than what the OP sites are doing? Which sites, if any, that claim to sell stars or sell the naming of stars are not a scam? Did you not notice the claim that buying bits of the moon is "...much less than the price of naming a star..."?

        You cogently observed that "The only official star registry is IAU and they do not sell stars." so any sites that claim to sell stars or the naming of stars can only be described as scams.

        No spanners being thrown, at least not by me.

        Edit: Grammar correction.

        Edit 2: If anyone wants to legitimately find previously unnamed stellar objects and have them named can do so by getting involved in the project at http://www.galaxyzoo.org

        ~Music is not just for the Masses~

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          • c۞g on Sat 12 Feb 2011
          • 07:30:36 AM UTC

          RE: daft enough

          No stars are being sold; unlike the "moon" site...

          Stars are being "named" and as the site referenced in the Wired article states on it's site, these names are not officially recognized by the scientific community.

          It at least, is not a scam - by definition of the word.

          Why bring up a different site completely, that offers something else "property" opposed to "name?"

          ∞ Opto, ergo sum _https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_You_and_I

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            • Jazspeak on Sat 12 Feb 2011
            • 08:01:41 AM UTC

            RE: daft enough

            One of the sites in the OP list is hxxp://www.buy-a-star.com even though the site is actually only selling a name for a star.

            The site selling bits of the moon is not really selling property since the site claiming selling the bits of the moon is not the owner of the moon or any bits of the moon. As I pointed out, the site claiming to be selling bits of the moon also claims that the cost of buying bits of the moon is "...much less than the price of naming a star..." so there is a connection, although you don't seem to be in the mood to see it.

            I don't know what your definition of a scam is but it seems to be rather different to any definition that I would understand. Still, if you believe that they are not scams then please feel free to throw your money away.

            ~Music is not just for the Masses~

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    • Anonymous on Sat 12 Feb 2011
    • 08:40:39 AM UTC

    RE: "Buy-a-star" scam.

    Re Rated,Red,Ethical Issues.Done.