Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Alert: Domain Notification: This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing -

I received this email today which comes across as a warning that I needed to renew one of my domains. My domain doesn't need renewing and is not with the company sending the email. The company sending the email has the following details.

Domain Services
47-47 36th Street #16452
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States of America

If you receive a domain renewal notice always treat it with suspicion. The domain and contact details are public. In this case this company is using what I consider to be a scare tactic aimed at putting the domain holder under pressure. When under pressure people will make mistakes.

Some years ago this approach was very common in Australia, was frowned upon and has now largely stopped. This company is based in the United States.

Interestingly those who fall for this type of email end up paying much more for their domain registration and often don't realise they have transferred their domain to a completely different company. Normally the cost to register a COM domain is around $10USD for a year. This company charges $75USD for one year.

The intent of this type of notice is to trick people to move their domain from their existing registrar and in the process end up paying much more.

If you receive a domain renewal notice go to your domain registrar's site and check your expiry details. If your domain needs renewing renew it through their site. Don't use links in an email you receive as the email may be a fake.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Tags: domain registration, domain registrar, domain registry, domain name registration

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