JUNE 27 2020 – “SCAM FEARS AFTER GOVERNMENT WEBSITE [HOMES ENGLAND] BLUNDER” – DAILY TELEGRAPH

“SCAM FEARS AFTER GOVERNMENT WEBSITE [HOMES ENGLAND] BLUNDER” BY ADAM WILLIAMS – DAILY TELEGRAPH – JUNE 27 2020

“A GOVERNMENT mistake has led to the loss of ownership of a Help to Buy website, amid warnings it could now be used to scam people.

Homes England, a governmental body, admitted that an ‘administration error’ had allowed ownership of helptobuy.org.uk to expire. It was then bought by a third party and sold on for more than £40,000 at auction.

“Experts fear scammers could use the domain name for illicit purposes. One said it would have cost Homes England less than £4 a year to renew.

“The Help to Buy scheme was launched in 2013. Its website was originally helptobuy.org.uk but later moved to helptobuy.gov.uk, with the former domain redirecting viewers to the correct web address. Homes England let the org.uk address expire this month.

“No information is available about who has bought the domain.

“A Homes England spokesman said: ‘Our normal practice is to renew domain names. We are taking immediate actions to make sure all our stakeholders are aware of the official…websites”