Domain Name Registry of America Scam | January 14, 2004
In the last couple of weeks an official sounding company called the Domain Name Registry of America has been sending letters to the owners of non UK domain names (.com, .org, .net etc) telling them their domains are about to expire and that they need to renew.
If you're not used to dealing with domain name issues or if you read the letter quickly it would be easy for you to assume (which is the intention) that the domain is registered with this company and they are just being helpful in letting you know it's time to renew. However this is actually a scam. This company is based in Canada and is sending out these letters in order to dupe domain name owners into transferring their domain names to this company. They have nothing to do with the domain names in question and the domains usually aren't about to expire.
As I own a few domain names I've had a couple of these letters so far (as have a number of friends, colleagues and neighbours). On first glance they look quite convincing, and if you don't know the terminology it would be very easy to fall for the scam.
I also happen to be the tech/admin contact for a few domain names at work. In this capacity I've also received emails from this company saying that somebody has requested the domain name be transferred and asking me, as the admin contact, to confirm the transfer. Again, these email look convincing, and my first impression was that somebody at the company in question had fallen for one of the scam letters. However after doing a quick google, it appears that this is just another one of their scam methods.
So if you receive one of these letters or emails, don't get taken in by this scam.
Posted at January 14, 2004 8:58 AM