Domain Renewal Scams
For may small business who have brought a domain name and have it hosted through
a particular service provider / registrar, you may receive a letter or
invoice that looks like a renewal notice for your actual domain name, but it is
from different company to the one you have previously used to register your
domain name. This scam can work by you giving them permission to transfer your
domain to them and paying them, often at prices that are higher then your
original registrar. In the worst case scenario, you may end up losing your
domain, which can end up on the open auction market.
Another scam is that of receiving a renewal notice / invoice for a domain that is very
to similar to your current domain name - where the scammer hopes that you Don't
notice the difference and you just automatically pay the invoice.
If in doubt about any of the scams, always check with your relevant provider,
bank, registrar etc. You can also do a search using the key words and
name/domain address of the sender. A search often turns up information on these
scams. Australia also has a website,
- providing information about scams. Other countries may have something similar,
but the nature of the internet, you most probably will also find it on SCAMwatch
and other similar government sites.