Beware of Unscrupulous Spammers Contacting You Via Domain Name – Domain Name Scam Alert!
Today I received an email via my Whoisguard protection services at Namecheap where I buy all my domains. Namecheap offer a free Whoisguard protection for the first year and the renewals are just under $3 a year. Well worth it in my opinion. GoDaddy were charging $15 a year for this protection some 7 years ago…
The email I received looked official to the untrained eye or perhaps someone just starting out in internet marketing.
These are the people they hope to attract! I have replaced the new domain I purchased with MyNewDomain.COM to protect my website.
Here is a copy of the email
Domain Notification for MyNewDomain.COM
: This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing
Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
ATT: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
REGISTRANT CONTACT: +507.8365xxx
Response Requested By
11 – September – 2015
PART I: REVIEW NOTICE
Attn: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED (If you did not have Whoisguard YOUR NAME will appear here.)
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:
MyNewDomain.COM will expire at 11:59PM EST, 11 – September – 2015 Act now!
Select Term and Package Here ( I deleted this link to prevent anyone following it and getting scammed)
Payment by Credit/Debit Card
Select the term using the link above by 11 – September – 2015
The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the SearchDomainReg 1521 Alton Road Suite #464, Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. If you do not wish to receive further updates from SearchDomainReg Unsubscribe here. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.
As you can see this letter appears quite official and it is the 11th September when I received it so they give people just a few hours to obey their demands or “lose their domains” They scam hundreds of dollars off the unsuspecting new business owners.
Please do not fall for any email scam. Be sure to check out the company BEFORE clicking on any links contained in the email.
Your domain registrar registered your domain for you, it is YOURS and no-one can take it away from you providing you adhere to your registrars terms. They and only they can take it away.
I found a good site that reviews scammers and spam attacks on domain registrars. Keep it bookmarked and secure your investment. Sadly many people fall for this type of email scam. Don’t let it be you!
Here is what SDProfessionalsLLC say to do if you fell for this scam.
We recommend taking these steps:
- Call your credit card company and begin a charge dispute so that you can request a charge-back.
- When asked for proof, fax or email them a copy of the spam/scam email you received.
- Provide a link to this article (and/or any of the other legitimate articles out there exposing these scam artists).
- If you paid by check, stop payment immediately.
- Contact the company you originally registered your domain with and explain the situation. Let them know that you have been scammed and you are trying to take the proper steps to save your domain name. As long as you can prove ownership of the domain and providing you responded in a timely manor (within a few hours of falling for the scam) you should be able to save your domain name from getting into the scammer’s hands.
Here is a secure link you can check SDProfessionalsLLC‘s report on this scam that I received in my inbox today. It’s been operating for a few years now.
Be aware there are some really bad people out there preying on the innocent. I hope this post helps you stay safe 🙂