One of my customers recently received an invoice for domain name registration. She knows that domain name registration is important and that the result of waiting too long can be disastrous. Yet, something didn’t seem right to her. The price seemed high and the company asking for the money, let’s call them Scamo Incorporated, didn’t seem familiar.

It turned out that the letter was a scam. Her domain name was registered with a different company. Scamo Incorporated was trying to get her to change her domain name registration to them. Luckily she realized what was going on.

How can you avoid scams like this?

  • Keep good records – Know where your domain name is registered and keep track of the expiration date.
  • Watch for this phrase – One scam that’s been going on for at least 10 years says in the small print, “This is not a bill. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer.” The small print keeps them out of legal hot water yet it’s placed subtly enough that it could be missed.
  • Look at the domain name – Sometimes companies like Scamo Incorporated skirt the law by sending out a notice for a domain that’s very close to the one you own. They’re hoping that you won’t notice that their email talks about instead of
  • Watch the Price – The most you should ever pay for one year of domain name registration is $35.

You don’t want to let your domain name expire, but you don’t want to get taken in by a scam either.

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