2/24/2016 0 Comments
I get these emails from time to time, and perhaps you have as well. An important notice that your domain is about to expire, and you better hurry up and pay it, or else you will lose it forever!
Yikes! And there’s even an official looking bill to prove it! Right there in my email….from someone I never heard of before….wait. My domain isn’t associated with you guys? And it doesn’t come up for renewal for another six months….
Yes, it’s another scam.
This time, from the fine folks at Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. of Coconut Creek, Florida (the same guys that told me a couple months ago that my domain was already supposed to be expired).
What this scam looks like
The scammer will send you an email with an official-looking bill to renew your domain name, which (according to them) is about to expire. They even include impressive sounding mumble-jumble like failure to complete the registration “may result in the cancelation of this search engine optimization domain name notification offer notice”.
Huh? Yup. If you can’t fascinate them with facts, try baffling them with BS!
If you scroll down to the fine print, it states in bold upper case letters that “this is not a bill. This is a notification offer. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated unless you accept this notification offer.” It goes on to affirm that they clearly state their intent and are in no way trying to mislead people.
Uh-huh. And that’s why the subject line of my email was “rykiephoto.com expiration.”
The moral of the story is, if you receive something like this, check it out. And report it. These guys are nothing but malicious, cowardly morons that try feeding off people’s fears. I’ve dealt with – and busted – several scammers in the past, and while the appearance changes, the tactics are the same. Play on people’s fears and emotions.
Well, Domain SEO Registration Corp. – you aren’t going to fool this guy, and hopefully those who read this blog. Go get a real job instead of trying to rip people off! Also kind of a tip-off when your company name is Googled, and all that's offered is an Unsubscribe option....
You can find more information on this type of scam here.