Normally we don’t post a blog announcement about the various scams going around because, let’s face it, there are just too many. But in this case, we’re making an exception because this is a targeted scam aimed directly at domain owners – aka Our Clients. We’ve received more than a couple of calls from users today regarding emails that tell them they need to “register” their domain again quickly, so we thought a quick post and sample would be helpful.
Needless to say, this is a scam (any time you get an email with warnings in 20pt bold, it’s a good time to check your wallet), but it’s not the usual sort of domain-slamming we’ve seen in the past. These guys are trying to trick people into ‘registering’ with a search engine (an un-named one).
The payment links (disabled below) go to payment sites that have no company name and simply say ‘registration’. As you might imagine, we’re not thrilled to see this sort of behaviour, and we wanted to make sure nobody got tricked into a non-refundable ‘registration’ by these jokers.
The email looks like this :
From: Registration Notice [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: February 8, 2011 9:23 AM
Subject: Re: easydns.com Registration
Attention: Important Notice
|Attn Client, Trusting
This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for EASYDNS.COM.
Failure to complete your search engine registration by Feb 23, 2011 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
Your registration includes search engine submission for EASYDNS.COM for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by Feb 23, 2011. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register EASYDNS.COM for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.
This Offer for EASYDNS.COM will expire on Feb 23, 2011. Act today!
For Domain Name:
SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT