Today I got my third letter in the mail from a company called Domain Registry of America. I figured that means it is about time to release a scam alert for my clients.
If you get a letter from Domain Registry of America, please, THROW IT AWAY.
Here is how this scam works:
- You register a domain name for your business, widgetsxyz.com
- That information becomes public, and the Domain Registry of America takes note.
- About 10 months later, when your domain is almost up for renewal, you get a letter from the Domain Registry of America stating you need to renew your domain with them or you could lose it.
- You renew, at a much higher rate, and suddenly your domain is transferred from your existing registrar, causing all sorts of problems.
Do not let this happen to you. If you see a letter in the mail that looks like the one below, do not pass go, do not collect $200, throw it directly in the garbage.
And when you open up the envelope, it gets even more confusing. They disguise their letter as an invoice so it looks as if you must pay or you will lose your domain name. Complete scam.
Most domain registrars, such as GoDaddy, generally charge about $10 to register a domain name. In the image above you can see that they are charging you $35 for the domain name. You’ve been warned.