I’ve been using the Internet for almost 20 years now and know my way around reasonably well. Many people don’t and can easily be sucked in by scammers. I’ve had two separate domain name scams come my way recently and I know that many of my clients would easily fall prey to them.
Search engine scam
One scam arrived by email, with the subject line:
Domain Notification: MIRAZ JORDAN This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing - MIRAZ.INFO. Uh oh. It looks as though my domain name is about to expire and I may lose it.
The email is sprinkled with large bold type, underlines, and plenty of impetus to act quickly: close expiry dates, ‘act now’ urgings and so on.
At the end is a schedule of prices: from $75 for 1 year to $999 for Lifetime.
You have to read closely and carefully to see that what they’re offering is some kind of search engine submission. I know plenty of my clients who would see this notice, fail to read it closely and send off their money to these scammers.
Well, actually, my clients would probably email me first and I’d tell them it was a scam, but plenty of people would fall victim to this.
Alternate name scam
The other scam arrived by postal mail in an official and important looking envelope. After carefully saving it for months to blog about, I’ve now misplaced it, so no images.
I had registered a client’s domain name on his behalf but with me as the contact, so the letter was actually for my client’s domain name.
This one looked all important, coming from a business calling itself something like Domain Registrars or the like. It looked so official.
Because I’d registered my client’s domain name I knew this letter was totally irrelevant. My registrar doesn’t send letters by post.
You had to read the letter closely to see that where my client had registered
example.com this crowd were offering
example.net and other similar alternates. While it looked like a renewal notice, it was simply trying to sell, at vastly inflated costs, similar and related domain names.
I wonder how many ordinary folk send off their money believing they’re renewing their domain name?
These scams really annoy me. Like all scams, they try to sucker those who don’t know all they could know about a subject.
Because of these scams I wrote a couple of articles you might like to read. Both offer further useful information: