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Scam Alert: Email-Based Domain Name Registration Scam

It seems there is another round of domain name registration based scams going around – this time in the form of an email that arrives in your inbox from Domain Service with the title mydomainname.com Expiration – seemingly a simply notification from your registrar that your domain name is expiring. Alas this is a new scam originating from China, as the whois shows for the domain.

Take a look at what the scam email looks like:

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Clicking through on the links brings you to a website for Domain SEO Service Registration Corp, with a list of “services”, and a price list for domain name registration – starting off at a whopping $64/year. Hopefully at this point you have realized that this isn’t the same registrar you used to register your domain name.

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The footer shows a Florida address, which is just the main address to Anex – a company offering virtual office space in Florida. The whois search referenced above doesn’t mention the Florida address at all. Anywhere.

Clicking through to actually pay for things brings you to a non-secure order processing page which asks for your secure and private details … a huge no-no.

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So keep your eyes pealed for this, and don’t get tricked into paying 5x the price of a domain name to a company that won’t even securely process your personal information. This reminds me of the IDNS scam where they ask you to mail out your personal details.

About Michael Boguslavskiy

Michael Boguslavskiy is a full-stack developer & online presence consultant based out of New York City. He's been offering freelance marketing & development services for over a decade. He currently manages Rapid Purple - and online webmaster resources center; and Media Explode - a full service marketing agency.

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