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Domain Name renewal scam

  • August 8, 2012 by Jim Champion
This is a reminder that there are companies out there pretending to be the registry of your domain name, sending out bills to renew your domain. In actuality it is a scam that initiates transferring your domain to them.

This scam is very basic. Domain Registry of America or DROA, sends out millions of these domain expiration notices. Your domain is not registered with them.

Back in the early 2000′s they used to send out notices that looked exactly like a bill. It was only by reading the fine print on the back did you learn that they were in fact NOT your domain registrar and by paying the “bill” you were actually authorizing to transfer your domain to them. To add insult to injury, the new fees were usually double the cost of what you were paying at your current registrar.

This scam was so blatantly deceptive that in December 2003 the FTC slapped their wrist and they were forced to give a token amount of refunds and tweak their advertising a bit. In my opinion they should of had their corporate charter revoked and the CEO thrown in jail. Of course, this is America, so no such thing happened.

They still have to have an authorization code obtained by us to transfer your domain. Along with the domain status to be unlocked, but unfortunately by then they already scammed you out of your money.

Any bill you get from us will clearly be from Fins and Fur Hosting. If you have any questions or doubts, please feel free to submit a ticket or call, 608-994-3157