December 9th, 2010 Add Your Comments Bookmark and Share

It was an old trick, when you used to buy domains from certain registrars you’d always end up getting some spam through the mail (snail mail) from Domain Registrations of America or similar telling you to renew. You give them your payment details and they renew your domain for 1000% more than what it should cost! It’s easy to get the contact details of who owns a domain, this is the problem with open registration and why people choose to use services like Domains By Proxy. Looks like the scam has moved on.

I recently received an e-mail in the guise of an invoice (even including an invoice number FFS) telling me that payment was due on a domain renewal. They wanted $75 for a .com domain! Do they think I was born yesterday? Here’s the actual text of the “invoice” body:-


This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for *******.COM.

Failure to complete your search engine registration by Dec 23, 2010 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).

Your registration includes search engine submission for *******.COM for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by Dec 23, 2010. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register *******.COM for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.

It’s a scam, don’t fall for it! Whether they renew the domain or not (which will need a registrar transfer at the least) no way should you be be paying more than $10 per year ever for a .com domain. The whole thing seems to be run through the domain. If you get an e-mail like this please just ignore it and renew through your existing registrar. Maybe governments would like to spend more time cutting out thise sort of blatant fraud and less time chasing people who do nothing more than post the truth online.