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    Wasn’t sure what thread to stick this one into… but I figure its technology related so here we go!

    This is a warning about some what I consider to be fairly dodgy sales tactics from Domain Registrar companies.

    This is not a new scam by any means, but I’m sure there are those in FS that haven’t seen this one before and should be aware

    What these companies do is wait for your domain to be up for renewal and then send you a letter disguised cleverly as an invoice. One we just received says ‘You must renew your domain name to retain exclusive rights to it on the Web, and now is the time to transfer and renew your name from your current Registrar to the Domain Renewal Group”.

    But further on in the middle of a big paragraph it also says ” This notice is not a bill, it is rather an easy means of payment should you decide to switch your domain name registration to the Domain Renewal Group”.

    Well, yes that’s partly true – you do obviously need to renew when due to expire… but you sure don’t need to transfer to the Domain Renewal Group unless you are for some reason unhappy with your current Registrar.

    Often these companies will charge significantly more than the standard charges for domain renewals.

    Another company we received a letter from sent us an invoice (unsolicited) for $249 for a 2 year domain renewal that cost us $55 elsewhere. Although their invoices appeared to be legit… when calling the phone numbers listed on the invoice there is never any answer (Ive called more than 20 times).

    Another trick they try is to send you an invoice for other variations on your existing domain…trying to prompt you into purchasing them. They will invoice you for the .net, .org, .co.nz etc etc versions that you may or may not have any need for.

    For most of you who are in charge completely of all your accounts and invoice payments you wouldn’t fall for this. But Ive heard of people who have someone paying their accounts who simply waits for the invoice to arrive then sends off a cheque – without questioning the invoice. So be on the look out for these :o)


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    Thanks Tara – great tips!

    Have an awesome day,

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