Domain Scams

As with most things in life, there are those that try to cheat you out of your hard earned cash.

In the last few years there have been several "scams" identified by the authorities that relate to domain registrations and renewals.

The following are details of two of these, in either case, DON'T DO IT, or at least check with someone else first.

1) You recieve a call from someone claiming that someone else is interested in registering a domain(s) that are similar to one you already own. They suggest that "in order to safeguard your own identity" you should register these other domains yourself.

They then give you a quote for the new domains which is generally far higher than their true market cost - often by a factor of 10!

2) You receive an official looking letter explaining that a domain you own is about to expire and that you should send a cheque immediately to ensure "the safe renewal of your domain". They might also offer to renew your domain for more than the standard 2 years.

Firstly, only the organisation that originally registered your domain can effect the renewal, and the actual cost should be lower than the one they quote. Secondly, .co.uk domains can only be registered for 2 year at a time.

One such company sending out these letters for .com .net and .org domains is "Domain Registry of America" who already have a court injunction in the US.

If you are at all unsure of the validity of a letter you have received, then check it with the person or company you originally registered your domain with.

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