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Domain Name Re-Registration Scam
Domain Notification for example.com: This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing
Does the title above look familiar? Did you get an email asking you to re-register or renew your domain name with a link to pay via credit card? This is a legal scam that people use to fish for money from innocent non-technical domain owners.
Technically, it is legal, but if you knew better and read the small print, you will start to see that it is more designed to be a play on words to get you to think you are renewing your domain, when in fact you are not.
If the owner of this was smarter, he should have some kind of real, actually beneficial service along with it, so I am keeping this post up until he does.
Below is the general text you might see in these emails…
THIS EMAIL IS AN INTERNET SCAM, CALL YOUR DOMAIN PROVIDER TO RENEW YOUR DOMAINS
From: “Domain Notice” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: example.com
ATT: John Smith
Response Requested By
15 – February – 2016
PART I: REVIEW NOTICE
Attn: John Smith
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine registration includes domain name search engine submission. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: example.com will expire at 11:59PM EST, 15 – February – 2016 Act now!
Payment by Credit/Debit Card
Select the term using the link above by 15 – February – 2016
How Do Scammers Find Your Information?
There is a public database of all owners of domains, called the Who Is database, like the library has information for all registered businesses, the Who Is has the name, address, phone number and email address of every person who owns a domain.
How Does This Happen?
So an automatic program rakes through this database automatically emailing domain owners who’s domains look like they are about to hit their renewal date and then an email sends out like the one above, making it ‘look’ like the owner needs to renew their domain but it’s actually a scam to get money from people, this is NOT going to renew your domain, it’s a trick on words.