Domain Name Scam Cleverly Disguised

There are plenty of domain name scams out there, ones that pretend they are your registrar, but fool you into transferring your domain to them, others that try to get you to register other extensions (See Chinese Domain Name Scams)

This one is a little difference, in that by using words like: Domain, Register, Renewal, Expire they try to look like a domain name renewal notice, but in fact they are selling “Website Search Engine Submission”

At USD $75 per year or a great deal at $295 for 10 years, it is preying on thos ebuisness owners that see the trigger words and reach for the credit card.

Don’t be fooled.

Here is the transcript received by one of my clients:

Attention: Important Notice

  DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
 
   Complete and return by fax to:
 1-646-385-7542

 47-47 36th Street #16452
 Long Island City, NY 11101
 United States of America
  ATT: CUSTOMER NAME
  ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT
  COMPANY NAME
  COMPANY EMAIL
  Address Details Here
  WWW.COMPANYNAME.COM
  

  Domain Name: COMPANYNAME.COM
 Search Engine Submission
 
  Requested Reply
 August 18,2009
   
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: CUSTOMER NAME
 As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
 
 Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
 
 Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
 
 This Notice for: WWW.COMPANYNAME.COM will expire on August 18,2009 Act today!
  ————————————————————————————————————————–
 
    DETAIL OF SERVICE: ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION FOR DOMAIN NAME WWW.COMPANYNAME.COM

  Detail of Service:
 SEARCH SUBMISSIONS
 
  Reply by Date:
 8/18/2009
 
  For Domain Name:
  COMPANYNAME.COM
 
 *100% SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK
  
  Select Term Your Existing Domain Period Covered Price
   
   COMPANYNAME.COM
  [ ] 1 year 8/18/2009 – 8/18/2010 $75.00
  [ ] 2 year 8/18/2009 – 8/18/2011 $119.00
  [ ] 5 year 8/18/2009 – 8/18/2014 $199.00
  [ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 8/18/2009 – 8/18/2019 $295.00
       
   Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes.
   
   
   Full Name: Customer Name Email: Customer@companyname.com
 
  Phone: _____________________
   Today’s Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________
  

 Option 1:
  Payment by Credit Card
 PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN BY FAX: 1-646-385-7542
 
 
 Option 2:
  Payment by Check or Money Order
 Print and mail a copy of this order form along with a check or money order to the address listed below:
  
  Domain Services
  47-47 36th Street #16452
  Long Island City, NY 11101
  United States of America
  
  Please do not forget to include a copy of this order form along with your payment!
  
  ————————————————————————————————————————–
 
  By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DN liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DN. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DN and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DN send an email to wdsrv7861@operamail.com to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited. * 100% satisfaction guaranteed, you may request a refund within 30 days.

There is plenty of clues in here to ring some alarm bells. Any kind of solicitation like this should be viewed sceptically. Some may be OK, but in my experience, they usually are not.

Let me know if you have received the same letter, or other similar ones.

CNBC IT Co. Limited are at it again – More Domain Scams

I had an enquiry for a client about an email they received, as soon as I saw the content and who it was referring to, it was obviously a scam I blogged about earlier, and with SEDO here.

The ones I received, were sent directly to my email address, supposedly from the WHOIS record of my domain. That wouls make sense, as it should be that person responsible for the renwal or registering of the domain.

My clients one however, was sent via the contact form on her website.

It pretty much says the same thing, but it is the first I have seen sent using this method.

Possibly passing Antispam due to the originating email coming from the sites mailserver.

Here is the content of the email

Below is the result of your feedback form.  It was submitted by
(paul@cnbcgov.org.cn) on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 22:47:02
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feedbacktype: General Information

name: paul

comments: Dear CEO,

We are CNBC IT Co.,Limted, which is the domain name registration organization in China, which mainly deal with international company’s in china. We have something important need to confirm with your company.

On the May 06, 2009, we received an application formally. One company named huaxia Investment (china) Co., Ltd applied for the Internet brand name “clientdomain” and the Domain names “clientdomain.cn” “clientdomain.asia” etc. . which involve internet intellectual property right of your company.

These days we are dealing with it. In order to deal with this issue better,We would like to get the affirmation of your company,please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible. Please let someone in your company who is responsible for trademark or intellectual right contact me freely.

Best Regards,
paul
CNBC IT Co.,Limted

Tel:+86-797-6654451
Fax:+86-797-6654452
Web:www.cnbcgov.org.cn

2009-05-06
paul

So you will see that the information hasnt really changed, but the delivery has.

Let me know in the comments if you have seen any variations on this.