Thousands of people who signed up for bit torrent access at mininova.com were charged money and then forwarded to a free bit torrent site with a similar name.
Mininova.org, the well known site to go to download bit torrent files has recently won the domain mininova.org from a person that was using the .com domain as a phishing scam.
When users visited mininova.com they thought were going to be using the bit torrent services of mininova.org. Instead they were charged a free from their credit card which they were told gave the access to millions of torrents. After they paid the fee and attempted to login, the site just redirected to mininova.org, which is a completely free site.
The mininova.org team received hundreds of emails from people wanting their money back and finally mininova.org got tired of it and filed a domain dispute claiming that they had trademarked the name MININOVA and the .com people were using the domain for bad purposes, which helped them win their case.
The .com domain is now in the control of the owners of mininova.org and now they own com, .net and .nl. The scammers that owned .com have 10 days to appeal and then the transfer will be made official.
What's funny is that mininova.org won the court case to continue to provide a bit torrent downloading service, a service that some people would call illegal. Is that not odd?