Domain Slamming Alert > Domain Name Scams
Caution, if you receive a
domain name renewal notice by U.S. mail or e-mail, be careful!
There is a chance the invoice is a misleading mailing.
Some of our members have
received 'official-looking' domain renewal invoices from a
variety of different companies. These invoices may not be your official renewal notice.
There are many companies registering domain names and some have engaged in
questionable business practices aimed at getting you to renew your domain
through them, and not with your primary registry.
How The Scam Works
What These Scams Mean To You
Who's Running These Scams
What Is CVC Internet Doing? What You Should Do? Filing A Complaint
You receive a
domain expiry notice in the mail. This bogus invoice lists
your domain name(s) with an amount to be paid and a reply by date.
You or someone
in your organization respond to the notice
and send a payment by check or credit card.
confirmation request email is sent to you to authorize the transfer.
A transfer request is submitted to the registry and the transfer process begins.
When you choose to transfer your
domain name from one registrar to another,
it is the responsibility of the gaining registrar, the company you are transferring to,
to get the authorization of the domain owner before processing the transfer.
Normally, this confirmation is
done by sending an email to the
administrative contact listed in the current 'Whois' record for the domain.
Once you've sent a payment, your
domain could complete the transfer
without further confirmation or knowledge from you.
Once this happens, the only way to
get your domain back with your current
registrar is to transfer it back, and pay for an additional year's renewal.
If you renew your domain(s) by
responding to one of these
phony renewal notices, the following can happen:
Cost you more money (renewal and transfer fees).
Make it difficult to modify domain registration information.
Could cause loss of domain name rights and/or activity of web site hosting.
Companies known to be sending out
domain expiry notices
for domains that were never registered with them include:
Domain Registry of America / Domain Registry of Canada,
VeriSign and Register.com
Approximately 30 days before the
domain name is due for renewal,
CVC Internet will notify domain hosting members of the renewal date,
the current renewal specials and the primary registry for the domain name.
If you receive any
invoice or notice that you are unsure of
or if the notice did not come from CVC Internet, please don't hesitate
to call the office (during office hours) at 541-884-5488 or send an
e-mail inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. CVC Internet wants to keep you informed,
so you can make the correct decisions for your domain name registration.
Your Money Refunded
If you have paid by check, write to the company that you sent
payment to demand a refund. If you paid by credit card and are
unable to get a response regarding a refund, you can contact
the issuing bank for your credit card to dispute the charge.
If you are a CVC Internet
member and would like us to check
the status of your domain, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
or call (541) 884-5488 (during business hours). We'll be able to
check the status of your domain and advise you.
IFCC's mission is to address fraud
committed over the Internet.
For victims of Internet fraud, IFCC provides a convenient and
easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities
of a suspected criminal or civil violation.
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