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Domain Notice Scam

Yet another scam is making it’s way around, this one is targeting domain name owners…

Today I received a domain notice in the postal mail marked “URGENT- OPEN IMMEDIATELY” with a return address of Processing Center, PO Box 4668 #82011, New York, NY 10163-4668.  This letter was NOT from the company that I registered any domain names with although it implies just that.  This is a scam and I want to warn anyone else out there that may be fooled by it.  If you own your own website name, or “Domain Name”, you may get this or a similar notice sent to you also.

Upon reading the notice letter, it resembles a typical invoice with options to pay for placement in major search engines based on a 2, 3, or 4 year term.  More specifically, the letter asks for bewteen $119 and $199 to be mailed in to them via check in order to avoid “cancellation” that would make it “difficult for your customers to locate you on the web”.  The letter also states that “You must complete your domain name search engine registration to guarantee your listing on the web”.   This is not true, this is nothing more than a marketing attempt that preys on peoples fear.

Nowhere on the letter does it mention their company name, logo, or a place where the name is actually registered.  It simply requests that checks are made payable to “Domain Registration”.

Attached to this post is a scanned copy of the actual letter I received if you want to take a closer look.

DomainNoticeScam.pdf

Do not send these people money for any reason!  If you have already sent in money to this company (or a similar scam company), I suggest you contact the BBB right away.

About the author

RJ Ponzio

RJ founded Shore Web Tech LLC in 2011. The mission of Shore Web Tech (SWT) is to help small and medium local businesses take advantage of today's affordable technology solutions. RJ currently holds Google's "AdWords Qualified Individual" certification.

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  1. Web Design Glasgow

    Hi,
    I tend to adhere to a strict policy regarding web site associated email.
    My site sends visitors emails from a set address with the actual senders email embedded in the mail text. If an email arrives at the web sites email address it is processed manually automaticlly if it is from the web site or the hosting service; other wise it is treated with a degree of suspicion. A fairly good practise that anyone can use to reduce opening spam and scams.

    regards
    George

  2. Web Design UK

    Hi,

    I stick by the golden rule; if I don’t recognize and mailtype: snail mail, email, etc I ignore it. I have specific emails for various functions that way I have better control.

    regards
    George

  3. Jon

    nice post. interesting reading

  4. John Clark

    there are so many scams running on the internete so watch out`*`

  5. Fridge Freezers 

    internet scams are very rampant and there are also lots of newbie internet users who are getting scammed-.:

  6. Chase Peterson

    i hate scams wheter it is offline scam or online scams, there are lots of it these days ~*’

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