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Domain name scams

Discussion in 'Domain & Hosting' started by Website Magick, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Website Magick

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    “Domain Registry of America” is a company that Trolls through whois data and sends fake invoices to owners of domain names. If you pay the invoice they will then ask for your EPP authorization code to transfer your domain to them.

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    I have had several letters from this company in the past, they have even sent my older brother a letter... Since my company hosts his website, I "took care" of "The Domain Registry of America".. I phoned them via Skype, told them not to contact our customers and threatened to sue them.

    I never heard from them again and emailed all my clients to warn them about their scam.
     
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    Yes we also contacted all of our clients to give them a warning,

    If enough complaints are made to the FTC they may well be put out of business instead of being given another slap on the wrist.
     
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    They are so costly as well.. When I saw the prices, I was like "You have got to be joking"...

    @04.32am

    I had a few clients who had also received letters.. How about yourself?
     
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    I've got a stack of them here lol
     
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    I just put the ones that I received in the post into my Archive... Ahem, Buzz... What is that noise? - Ah yes... The sound of the shredder destroying scam mail :D
     
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    There are several versions of this scam:
    • The invoice is not for your domain name but a name very similar sometimes only one letter different.
    • The scammer tries to trick you into paying them for registering your domain name, when they have not.
    • The invoice seems to be for domain name registration, but is actually a contract to sign up for the scammer’s services. They may offer a free product or extra service. By signing the invoice, you agree to pay them a regular fee to register your domain name. These fees are usually a lot higher than the standard fee for registering a domain name.
    Before you pay an invoice, check it is from the same company that originally registered your domain name.
     

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