$500,000 cybersquatting demand

This was John Claassen’s response to another request to release Accountkeeper.net to its rightful owner:

From: John W. Claassen <johnwclaassen@yahoo.com>
Date: 17 December 2012 04:55
Subject: Re: Account Keeper
To: “tony@kaltan.co.za” <tony@kaltan.co.za>

500k
_______________________________

If you stole someone’s child five years ago…

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <tony@kaltan.co.za>
Date: 30 September 2010 17:12
Subject: Account Keeper / Accountkeeper in the US and worldwide for years before you
To: reneemclaassen <reneemclaassen@hotmail.com>
Cc: claire@kaltan.co.za

Renee

If you stole someone’s child five years ago and are now so used to the child and it’s name and ways that you cannot imagine ever giving up that child, this does not make having the child legal.

We traded with Account Keeper / Accountkeeper in the US and worldwide for years before you took our domain name accountkeeper.net (no matter how legitimate you feel about it, does not make it right).

Please tell John you want him to release the name to us and inform us of this.

thank you

Tony

_________________________________________

RENEE DID NOT ANSWER THIS EMAIL.

Web Archive proof of Accountkeeper.net ownership in 1993

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: i <info@accountkeeper.com>
Date: 30 September 2010 14:32
Subject: Re: Account Keeper
To: johnwclaassen@yahoo.com, renee@accountkeeper.net, reneemclaassen <reneemclaassen@hotmail.com>
Cc: claire@accountkeeper.com, Andries Havenga <andri@iburst.co.za>

On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM, <information@accountkeeper.com> wrote:

 

 
Here is the proof of ownership:
 
2003-September_proof-of-ownership

Please release accountkeeper.net to me as you stated you would.
 

Thanking you

Tony Last
Tax Practitioner
Accounting Officer

accountkeeper.com

P O Box 1138, Somerset West, 7129
All communication regarding this matter to be made by email retaining our given subject line. Office visits by appointment only. Terms.org.za e.&o.e. ©
 
________________________________________________
 
Having received this worldwide-accepted proof yet again, staring them in the face, you would have thought that the Claassen’s would immediately stick by their promises to return Accountkeeper.net back to Tony.
 
What happened?
 
John Claassen replied, reneging on his and his wife’s promise again, asking for money!
 

Another lawyer tries to reason

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Havenga & Associates <andri@iburst.co.za>
Date: 28 July 2010 09:28
Subject: Re: Fw: [accountkeeper.net]Re: Account Keeper
To: renee@accountkeeper.net
Cc: tony@kaltan.co.za

Dear Madam

On 9th June 2010 you sent an e-mail to our client stating the following: “If you can e-mail me proof that you owned accountkeeper.net for at least two years prior to me purchasing it, I will freely release it to you.”

This statement constitutes a waiver of your right to insist on payment of $1 000 which was contained in earlier e-mails.

Our client has provided the necessary proof and you have not responded to the proof sent to you. You cannot turn around now and say that you want $1000 before releasing the name.

Yours faithfully,

HAVENGA & ASSOCIATES
Per: A HAVENGA
HAVENGA & ASSOCIATES ATTORNEYS
56 Caledon Street
Somerset West
7130
PO Box 1520
Somerset West
7129
Tel. no.: 021 – 851 1050
Fax.no: 021 – 851 2998

[The unbelievable thing here is that Renee responded claiming that she did not waive her right and that the proof Tony showed in the Web Archive does not prove his ownership. Well, both these claims are wrong, legally and factually, but that is how the Claassens treat a person. Push you around from pillar to post, use another company’s 10-year established goodwill in the US (Accountkeeper) for their own benefit, a law unto themselves, make promises, break promises, demand money, etc.]

Promise broken, money requested

—– Original Message —–
From: renee@accountkeeper.net
To: Havenga & Associates
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:03 PM
Subject: RE: Fw: [accountkeeper.net]Re: Account Keeper

Hello,

As stated in previous emails I will accept $1,000.00 to transfer the domain. I have been doing business in the US for 5 yrs with this name. I have fees to transfer and purchase a new name as well as establish a new business identity. Tony, was unable to pay this amount in full. He offered me payments of $100.00 per month. This is unacceptable. If Tony would like the name accountkeeper.net he can pay my fees of $1,000.00 to be paid in full by certified funds. If he is unable to pay this amount then I have not obligation to forfeit my business domain. If he is still financially unable to do this, please advise him that further correspondence from him is unnecessary.

Have a great day,
Renee

[Renee had asked Tony to provide “proof that you owned Accountkeeper.net for at least two years prior to me purchasing it” and “I will freely release it to you.” Tony provided the proof, as any domain registrar can provide, yet Renee refused to transfer the domain as promised. Instead she goes back to the idea of making money out of something that legally she has no right to. So you can see why Tony never paid any money to the Claassens. They have broken their promises twice so far. If Tony paid, would they still not retain the domain? Makes you think, doesn’t it?]

Another 5 emails before next response

1.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <information@accountkeeper.com>
Date: 22 June 2010 09:12
Subject: Re: Account Keeper
To: renee <renee@accountkeeper.net>
Cc: Claire Section <claire@accountkeeper.com>, Accounting Section <accounts@accountkeeper.com>, Process Section <processing@accountkeeper.com>

Dear Renee

Below is proof that we owned and used accountkeeper.net in 2003 and 2004.
Kindly go ahead and contact GoDaddy and release the domain to us.

Thanking you

Tony Last
Tax Practitioner
Accounting Officer
accountkeeper.com

P O Box 1138, Somerset West, 7129
All communication regarding this matter to be made by email retaining our given subject line. Office visits by appointment only. Terms.org.za e.&o.e. ©

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 11:21 PM, <information@accountkeeper.com> wrote:
>
> Dear Renee
> We trust that this will suffice:
> http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://accountkeeper.net
>
> Thanking you
> Regards
> Tony Last
> Tax Practitioner
> Accounting Officer
> antonylast.co.za
> for and on behalf of
> accountkeeper.com ccinstant.co.za
> annualreturns.co.za – keep your CC/Pty up to date
> Fax: 086 554 6065 Postal address: P O Box 1138, Somerset West, 7129
> Trade terms: http://www.terms.org.za All communication regarding this matter to be made by email retaining our given subject line. Office visits by appointment only. E.&O.E. ©

2.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <information@accountkeeper.com>
Date: 23 June 2010 19:14
Subject: [accountkeeper.net]Re: Account Keeper
To: renee <renee@accountkeeper.net>
Cc: Claire Section <claire@accountkeeper.com>, Accounting Section <accounts@accountkeeper.com>, Hetzner Admin Department <admin@hetzner.co.za>, tony@kaltan.co.za

Dear Renee

In order for us to assist you with the transfer, please ask your current service provider to unlock the domain name with the Registrar GoDaddy.Com, alternatively you can provide us with the login details for the registrar and we will try unlock the domain on your behalf.

Thanking you
Tony Last
Tax Practitioner
Accounting Officer
accountkeeper.com
P O Box 1138, Somerset West, 7129
All communication regarding this matter to be made by email retaining our given subject line. Office visits by appointment only. Terms.org.za e.&o.e. ©

3.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <contact@accountkeeper.com>
Date: 24 June 2010 10:58
Subject: Fwd: [Admin #20100623-D-431] [accountkeeper.net]Re: Account Keeper
To: reneemclaassen <reneemclaassen@hotmail.com>, renee <renee@accountkeeper.net>
Cc: Claire Section <claire@accountkeeper.com>, Accounting Section <accounts@accountkeeper.com>

Forwarding to Renee Claassen, Texas, USA:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Hetzner Admin Department <admin@hetzner.co.za>
Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Admin #20100623-D-431] [accountkeeper.net]Re: Account Keeper
To: information@accountkeeper.com, tony@kaltan.co.za

Dear Tony

I refer to our previous correspondence.

Kindly note the domain name accountkeeper.net is still on a Registrar locked status.

In order for us to proceed with the transfer this domain must be active.

Your current service provider will need to unlock the domain name with the Registrar GODADDY.COM, alternatively you can provide us with the login details for the registrar and we will try unlock the domain on your behalf.

I will gladly submit the transfer tickets once the domain name has been unlocked.

We await your urgent correspondence.

Should you require further assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Jessica van Rensburg
Helpdesk Consultant
Hetzner (Pty) Ltd – Winning awards since 2003
National Contact Centre: 0861-0861-08
Fax: 0861-0861-09
International: +27 21 970 2000
Web: http://www.hetzner.co.za
Help Centre: http://www.hetzner.co.za/helpcentre/
Email Disclaimer: http://www.hetzner.co.za/email-disclaimer

4.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <information@accountkeeper.com>
Date: 23 July 2010 14:02
Subject: Re: Account Keeper
To: renee@accountkeeper.net, reneemclaassen <reneemclaassen@hotmail.com>
Cc: claire@accountkeeper.com

Here is the proof of ownership:

 
2003-September_proof-of-ownership

Please release accountkeeper.net to me as stated by you below.
 

Thanking you

Tony Last
Tax Practitioner
Accounting Officer

accountkeeper.com

P O Box 1138, Somerset West, 7129
All communication regarding this matter to be made by email retaining our given subject line. Office visits by appointment only. Terms.org.za e.&o.e. ©5.

Tony’s attorney sent Renee this email with attachment shown:

—– Original Message —–
From: Havenga & Associates
To: renee@accountkeeper.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 10:30 AM
Subject: Fw: [accountkeeper.net]Re: Account Keeper

Dear Madam

Please see the attached letter regarding this matter.

We request your response within 7 (seven) days.

Yours faithfully,

HAVENGA & ASSOCIATES
Per: A HAVENGA
HAVENGA & ASSOCIATES ATTORNEYS
56 Caledon Street
Somerset West
7130
PO Box 1520
Somerset West
7129
Tel. no.: 021 – 851 1050
Fax.no: 021 – 851 2998

As Renee Claassen did not respond to Tony's proof that he owned Accountkeeper.net as early as 2003, Tony asked his lawyer to try get a response.

As Renee Claassen did not respond to Tony’s proof that he owned Accountkeeper.net as early as 2003, Tony asked his lawyer to try get a response.