Domain Name Renewal: How to Avoid Scams
Besides honest and regular domain registrars, there are also those that attempt scams in domain name renewal. We are going to name several of these scams so that you don’t fall for them and loose your domain in a scam renewal process.
1) You get an envelope at your home address with an invoice and notification
You get in the snail mail a very official looking announcement from a company that has a memo and your website info and tells you that you need to pay a certain amount of money for the domain name renewal or you will lose your domain. If this isn’t your registrar, no matter how official the entire document and bill might seem, simply disregard it.
2) Phone Communication
This is very similar to the first one, but in this case scammers have got your phone number and want to persuade you over the phone that you have to perform domain name renewal and that they will send you all important info by fax. If you say that you would like to get all the info directly in that conversation, they will move onto offering you another domain name extension (usually .info) and if you say that you are not interested, they try to persuade you about it with the threat that you will not be able to get domain name renewal. You can deal with all these threats by requesting the caller’s personal info: name, address, company name. Most will instantly hang up. If they stay on the line and provide some info, it will turn out that they are not your registrar, but simply a sales person using some aggressive sales tactics.
Scammers most often use emails for scams in domain name renewal. In some cases the email will include a web address with further info – which will turn out to be the link to registering another domain/agreeing to give away your domain name (in a phony domain name renewal process). In this case they sell your domain name to another company and say that you have requested and agreed to this action.
You shouldn’t react to such emails for illegal domain name renewal. Simply delete them without opening. Your registrar sends you notices from a well-known email address when it’s time for domain name renewal (and you know for how long a period you have signed the contract with your registrar).