The Doman Registration Scam typically arrives with an email in your scam box (ie junkmail box). It can be alarming if you discover it in your inbox. The first words you see in the address line are: “This Is Your Final Notice of Domain Listing.” Your first reaction is to head to the toilet if you have a domain. But you don’t . Instead and you open the email and read the contents before hitting the panic button.
In large letters you read the words:
Attention: Important Notice DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Complete and return by fax to:
743 Gantt Ave.
Suite # G446
Sarasota, FL 34232
United States of America
ATT: Mr Sam Brown
Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above Domain Name: Dunnyservices.COM
Search Engine Submission
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: SAM BROWN
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.DUNNYSERVICES.COM will expire on December 3, 2012 Act today!
DETAIL OF SERVICE: ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION FOR DOMAIN NAME WWW.DUNNYSERVICES.COM
Detail of Service:
Reply by Date:12/03/2012
For Domain Name: DUNNYSERVICES.COM
Select Term Your Existing Domain Period Covered Price
DUNNY SERVICES .COM
[ ] 1 year 12/03/2012 - 12/03/2013 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 12/03/2012 - 12/03/2014 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 12/03/2012 - 12/03/2017 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 12/03/2012 - 12/03/2022 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer - Best value! Lifetime $499.00
Naturally you do not want you domain registration to expire and like any unsuspecting honest human being, you oblige the scammers and send them the details of your credit card.
Now this could be a legitimate company that are running a scam which is designed to make you think that your domain registration is not getting submitted to the search engines.
Read the sentence: " The Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web." In this sentence you will notice that it is the offer that will be cancelled.
Also, two paragraphs later, the person to whom this email is sent is told this notice will expire today, not the domain registration.
Complain. Contact the authorities. All these scammers are doing is making an offer, and it is up to you to act upon it. The letter gives the appearance of being a demand, but it is really saying that a final offer is about to expire. The authority receiving the complaint would probably think, "What fool would act on a letter like this," and do nothing.
Caveat emptor may not be written on the email, but more often than not it is always let the buyer beware.
Who would devise a scam like this if it were a legitimate company name and address? It could be an enterprising employee seeking to make a buck on the side and not the actual company because the email in this instance has come from firstname.lastname@example.org.