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Domain Name Search Registration Scam

When you own a domain name (www.yourcompany.com), you will often be contacted by phone, email, or mail with "important notices", things you must "do right away", or things that look like important invoices.

I've altered the screenshot in the example below to remove personal information and to protect the identity of this other company. See my notes below the screenshot. If you're ever in doubt about whether a message is legitimate, please contact Glikstorm LLC for help.

domain registration scam

#1 Companies use words like "final notice", "Important", and "notification" to try to scare you. If you look at the actual email address of the sender, you will probably have never heard of the company.

#2 Messages like this often look very official, with your correct contact information (which is public information, and very easy for companies to find)

#3 The wording often makes is seem like this is a "service" to you, will "help" you, or will "save" you money. Companies will use words that try to scare you, EX: "failure to complete your... registration...making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web"

#4 Messages will often have an urgent deadline. I received this email on January 3, and it says I need to respond within 2 days.

#5 Notice the pricing here. $75 to submit my website to search engines...which used to be free, but is now is no longer necessary because of the way modern search engines crawl the internet (assuming your website is properly designed and coded).

#6 Please, please, please don't ever send credit card information by email or fax. It's not secure & does not follow PCI compliance in the United States. No legitimate company would ask for your credit card this way.

If you're ever in doubt about whether a message is
legitimate, please contact Glikstorm LLC for help.

  

 

 

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