What is a domain registration scam?
There are different variations of these scams, but essentially, a company that you did not purchase/register your domain from claims that you must now, or should, register your domain with them.
The scammers typically state something like:
- They offer a better service/ price (which is generally untrue)
- Your domain must be registered for its protection in another country, China typically
- Your domain is expiring and you must register it with them right away
How do scammers deliver the false notices?
The false notices are delivered via email and mail. They look official and call for urgency.
Types of scams:
Duplicate Domain ScamThis scam works by telling businesses that they must register domains other than .com to protect it. Examples are
Domain Name Registration ScamThis scam works when a scammer sends an urgent message to a business that their domain is about to expire.
How do scammers get my information?
Once a domain is registered, it is documented in the WhoIs Public Internet Directory. This is a directory that is easily accessible and search-able.You can use this directory to determine who your domain is actually registered with:
How do the scammers benefit?
- Raise Rates: They trick you into thinking you are renewing- not switching to a new company entirely. Domain Registry of America is one of the worst offenders- you can see this in their D+ rating from the BBB. They raise domain registration fees up to three times more than the original cost.
- Take money and offer no real service. There is a chance that your domain is not really registered at all. You still must pay your original company.
What should you do if you receive one of these?
Nothing. Simply ignore the messages. If you feel compelled, you can report scams to the Better Business Bureau.