How to Successfully Avoid Domain Name Registration Scams
Business owners and entrepreneurs are deluding into thinking that their websites, blogs, and ecommerce websites are going to expire unless they spend a couple hundred bucks to keep their current domain name. However, we all know that one of the most common online scams on the web today involves domain names. Here is how the process goes:
Companies and websites such as Domain Registry Services will send professionally-written and great-looking documents to organizations, businesses, and business owners. These documents will have an official letterhead and a pretty believable appearance. Usually, they use a combination of mild threats and common customer service phrases to manipulate and confuse business owners into spending extra money on domain name registration then they already have.
You need to be extremely careful as just because your domain name is already bought and registered, that does not mean that another domain name service provider can’t try to confuse you and trick you into transferring your domain name to their servers instead. Usually, these scams are preying on the inexperienced and uninformed people. In order to successfully avoid domain name registration scams, you need to first educate yourself properly.
So, how to tell if a certain domain name notice is legit?
First of all, you need to know where your domain name is registered. You need to keep a close record of this, have a control, and don’t allow to be kept in the dark by your service provider. Second of all, you need to make sure that your domain name is registered with a secure and reputable company such as GoDaddy and eNom. If you don’t have a clue, you need to find out.
It is really important to read the fine print so when you receive one of the domain notices, you aren’t going to be sucked in by the fancy wording of the paper. The scammers will try to trick you with smart words and a clever language.
The domain name registration services are obligated by law to write somewhere in the notice that this is not a bill. The exact words are “this is a solicitation” or “this is not a bill”. These phrases are usually mentioned at the end of a paragraph or near the bottom of the notice. If you find one of these phrases, you can be absolutely certain that you don’t have to worry about a thing, especially about paying a fee.
The domain name registration scams can come from types of mail as well. Just as common as the notices and the physical documents are the email domain name scams. For example, you may receive an email from a random sender who claims to represent the Italian government and that someone has applied to buy and register your business name. You will be given several options to register your business name and all kinds of suffixes. Just to be clear here, you don’t need any new suffixes or any new domains. These are just email domain name scams, however, the good thing is that they can be easily identified. They look sketchy and people tend to be more skeptical of emails.
Our advice to you is always double read the emails and the documents you receive, related to your domain name and domain name registration. Double check what is required from you to do and do nothing unless you are 100% secure. Consult with your domain name registrar and then take an action, if needed.
Late last year Nike, the American corporation bid $10,000 for the domain name Ni.ke. Loy Orkizie from Techloy called it a steal at that price.