It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this tired old domain scam, but thought I would warn people just in case. To renew your domain names, go to where you registered them and do so at their website. Do not respond to emails from companies you never heard of. If you do as the following email says, yes, you will get your domain registered again, but it will be moved to an disreputable and unethical company who may cause your website to be down or worse, taken away altogether.
Since they have a disclaimer in their email, I’ll add mine, too. I am in no way saying that the company in this email is a scammer. I’m just saying that the unsolicited email I received from them looks almost identical to how the domain registration scammers operate.
Notice how there is no letterhead? Nothing at the top to identify who they are? In the fine print at the bottom where they say they are not liable for anyting, they call themselves DS, so I assume that means Domain Service or something, which it does say Domain Service Notice. But real registrars, like GoDaddy for example, send you an email and you know it’s from them because they have GoDaddy all over it.
It’s a shame that these days, companies will tell you that this is just marketing and they have a disclaimer and all. However, it is misleading to people who do not understand the web all that well or even to someone who is just in a hurry and thinks this is a legitimate email from their chosen domain registrar.
Their disclaimer makes them barely legal. It should be illegal as a deceptive advertisement, but the days of Ralph Nader are over. The FTC and FCC will allow companies to say pretty much anything they want now. But that’s politics. I just want people to be aware of what they are getting into if they respond to emails like this one.
My version of their disclaimer;
By reading this post, you agree not to hold me or my company liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a blog post. You are under no obligation to read it. The information in this post contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from my email. This information is intended for all my readers who might be mislead by unscrupulous domain name registrars. There is no pre-existing relationship between the domain mentioned above and DS, whoever they are. This blog post is not in any part associated with a recommendation for services provided by domain name registration scammers for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from my blog stop reading it. If you are one of my readers, you are hereby notified that disclosure of, linking to, adding it to your Facebook Page or sharing it on Twitter, strictly recommended. * 100% satisfaction guaranteed, you may share this post as often as you like for 30 days and beyond.