Domain Registration Renewal Letter Scam

I received a letter from a domain registrar that said my domain name will expire soon and I have to pay a renewal fee of $40 by a certain date. What do I need to do? –Originally appeared in the Clickfire Webmaster Newsletter

Nothing. The letter you received is an attempt to get you to transfer your registration of your domain to a different company that charges a very high price for domain registrations. I’ve received these pseudo invoices from companies I’ve never heard of. This practice is very deceptive. Some unsuspecting site owners won’t realize that this is not the company they originally registered with and will pay without much thought. The reason scammers can do this is that your name and address appear on the public “who is” registration record, which is sort of like a property deed for domains. Anyone can view the official domain record of a web site at the Whois Source or any number of other who is database sites. They know who you are and when your domain expires so they try and scare you into renewing. Only later will you realize that you actually switched your domain registration to a different company. It reminds me of the way that some long distance companies used to switch service without permission.

Emory Rowland

Emory Rowland is editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire. He's a fanatical blogger, entrepreneur and builder of Internet things from way back. Emory's love for social media and success with organic search led him to start a SEO consulting venture. Apart from the Internet, he could be considered by many as pretty worthless. More...

4 comments

  1. Justine Wolfley

    Domain Registry of America is one of the worst. I have over 400 clients and they call me about receiving an invoice from this company most often. Do not register with Domain Registry of America.

  2. Had a few of these through myself, quite sneaky how they put the letter together actually. They have some very clever people working for them that can put together emails and letters alike that the average joe might well be naive enough to take up their service. What a very low way of trying to do business.

  3. adrin rogers

    I also got this kind of email. This look like a spam and fraud dont believe them either. Thanks.

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  4. Very scary, These scams are becoming more and more realistic, it also causing troubles to domain registration companies. Because customers who purchased the domain always turn to the domain registrar unidentifying these scams.

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