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FTC Settles with Con Artists in Domain Name Renewal Scam

August 9, 2010domain renewal scam, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & LawComments Off on FTC Settles with Con Artists in Domain Name Renewal Scam

FTC settles lawsuit over domain name renewal scam.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has settled with a group in Canada that it says posed as domain name registrars and duped thousands of people and companies into paying bogus bills by leading them to believe they would lose their Web site addresses unless they paid. We in the domain name industry often refer to this as the “domain name renewal scam”.

The FTC charged Toronto-based Internet Listing Service back in 2008 with sending fake invoices that appeared to be coming from a domain owner’s registrar. Consumers were led to believe that they needed to pay the invoices in order to continue using their domain names. The invoices also included a search engine optimization service that the FTC says was misleading.

A federal district judge halted the practice after the charges were filed and froze the defendant’s assets. The settlement and default judgment order will end the litigation. The judgment claims $4,261,876 in consumer damages, but the defendants will only pay $10,000 because they say they are unable to pay the full amount.


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Domain Renewal Scam Picks Up Speed

March 29, 2010domain renewal scam, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & LawComments Off on Domain Renewal Scam Picks Up Speed

An old domain name renewal scam that uses the domain name domainrenewalonline.org appears to be kicking into high gear. I received three scam emails from the company yesterday, each from three different sender names.

With subject lines such as “Regarding your domain” and “Information about your domain”, the notices signed by “ISP Renewal” try to get you to submit your credit card information to renew domain names. It appears the scam has been sniffed out by hosting companies, as none of the links in the emails I received over the weekend resolve to working web pages.

There are several clues in the e-mails that they are fake, beyond the fact that a company is trying to get you to renew a domain name at another registrar:

1. Spelling and grammatical errors
2. The domains aren’t actually expiring in 60 days, as the email claims
3. In my case, I no longer own one of the domains

Here is the content of the scam emails:

Customer

This is to remind you that, it is time to renew you domain name NEWLYWEDS.net, the expiry date is 60 days .
Renew your domain automatically with a Domain Renewal. Click to renew your domain name
————> http://WWW.DOMAIN.net.domainrenewalonline.org/

Once the payment has been completed the above mentioned domain name will Automatically be renewed and a conformation will be sent.
__________________________________

Sincerely ISP Renewal
__________________________________

Additional information.
Renewal reminder service has been developed for companies to avoid loss temporary dysfunction of domain names in case of failure of on time renewal. By using this service you will automatically renew your domain name without any additional changes to the whois database. The only change will be the new expiry date. You may also contact your current domain provider in order to perform the extension.
In case of any questions do not hesitate to contact us at
Tel: +44 20 3318 1883
Fax: +44 20 3318 1884


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