$US10m domain name bid a hoax

The $US10 million bid for the year2000.com domain name turned out to be a hoax - as well as at least four other bids above $2 million.

The domain name's owners - Canadian computer consultant Peter de Jager and Houston-based Tenagra - will decide later today whether to accept a $2 million bid or rerun the auction. A total of 13 bids were received for the domain name.

Tenagra officials learned yesterday that the person placing the bid on the eBay auction site registered as a company and referred to several business associates. Those associates denied making the bid or knowing the bidder. The e-mail addresses the bidder provided weren't consistent with the company name and "kept bouncing back," said Tenagra President Cliff Kurtzman. "It appears the same person was using multiple IDs to make multiple bids."

One of the e-mail addresses that no longer works was linked to a student ID at a university in Arizona, he said.

"We were never expecting to get bids this large. It was disappointing but not too surprising. We were not planning on spending the money yet by any means," Kurtzman added.

The domain name went up for sale December 22 on eBay's auction site after the year2000.com site owners decided their work in creating awareness of possible Y2K glitches was done.

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