Don’t fall for Domain Slamming

I just sent this information via email to everyone I know who I do business with who has a domain name and thought it was worth a share on here as well.

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I just want to make sure to remind everyone I know who who has a domain name to ensure nobody I know will fall for a scam called “Domain Slamming”.

Basically, a company named “Domain Registry of America” may send you a message through the U.S. Mail that looks like a renewal bill. They count on the fact that most people don’t remember where they have registered their domain & hope that you will pay their bill. Once you’ve sent them payment, they acquire your domain. (And could charge you more for your domain name. For what I pay $12 for, they are asking $35.)

I just received a letter from them today which reminded me that you all may have also received such a letter.

Below is more information about this scam so you can avoid it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_name_scams

“In 2002, Register.com sued Domain Registry of America (aka “Domain Renewal Group”), claiming the company illegally lured away thousands of customers by tricking them into transferring their domains.[14]”

http://www.spinweb.net/blog/the-domain-registry-of-america-scam/

http://goo.gl/vz6t5

There may be other companies who do this, but this one is a big offender.

Just be sure to know who you’ve registered your domain with and throw out any mail you may get from other companies claiming to be your domain name registrar. (Be sure to pay your actual registrar, though!)

If you are unsure who your current registrar is, you can go here and enter your domain name to find out:
http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp

Let me know if you need any help along the way.

#domainregistration   #domainslamming   #domainnames   #scam   #domainregistryofamerica   #domainregistryofamericascam

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Domain name scams – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Domain slamming [edit]. Domain slamming (also known as unauthorized transfers or domain name registration scams) is a scam in which the offending domain name registrar attempts to trick domain owners into switching from their existing registrar to theirs, under the pretense that the customer is …

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11 thoughts on “Don’t fall for Domain Slamming

  1. Thanks! I need to read more about this, because I'm curious how they actually obtain the domain name. It's one thing to just scam someone out of money, but isn't the domain still the property of the companies providing them?

  2. Sometimes they scam 100% and don't transfer the domain name, other times they transfer the domain name and demand an exorbitant amount of money. Through my clients and colleagues I've seen both, unfortunately.

  3. It is, it is! I've seen client's domain names held hostage for hundreds of dollars, when a reputable business only charges $12 or so per year. It's crazy & one of the reasons I have a blacklist. So far only Domain Registry of America and Gisol are on that list.

  4. I get these all the time.  I've filtered a ton of them, but they still slip through now and then.  I have events on my Google Calendar that tell me when something is expiring, and I manually go to the site and pay the bill.

    I got into a habit a long time ago with any emails that involve money (PayPal, my bank, etc) – I don't click anything in their email. I manually visit the website and confirm what they need that way.

    While these emails you're talking about aren't even trying to impersonate your registrar (fake logos, etc), refusing to click links in emails that might be looking for money or personal information is a good idea, I think.

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