Domain Sham, not quite a Scam

by V-1 Solutions on May 25, 2011

in 2 Minute Tech

For years I’ve received a notification that I need to update my yellow pages ad.

I receive a mailer stating the new book is about to be published, blah, blah.

The thing is, I don’t have a yellow pages ad…haven’t for years.

In a larger office, that may just habitually be process by someone.

The same thing is happening with domain names.

You, the URL or website address that all websites have.

Officially, that is referred to as a domain name.

For the last few years, I’ve received a mailer like the one below (click on it so view in larger size).

Though it may be a bit strong to call this a scam…it sure is a sham.

These guys are counting on the fact that you, or someone in your office see this and says, “hmm, don’t want to lose our domain name”.

This then gets processed.

There are a few issues:

  1. These guys are expensive
  2. If you accidentally do this, un-doing it is challenging

Wherever you have your domain name, to make sure you have it protected, do the following:

  • Ensure you are on auto-renew,
  • Pay for more than 1 year at a time,
  • “Lock” the domain – this makes moving it accidentally more challenging

Basically do yourself a favor, ignore this when it arrives in the mail.

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