Your Domain Name
In the last few days I've had clients contact me about an email they received from DNSIreland regarding their domain name. It looks very official, the company's website looks legit and it appears that the person is trying to help. However, like many aggressive marketing tactics or scams, it wants you to fork out a huge fee and it is time sensitive. The main points are:
The email starts like this (replace your-domain-name with your own domain):
We have received a request for the registration of the website www.your-domain-name.info. Our system shows that you are the owner of www.your-domain-name.ie. This can have far-reaching consequences for you in the future. We are therefore under the obligation to contact you, in order to offer you the first right of registration. This means that we will reject the application of the third party and the website:
www.your-domain-name.info (also www.your-domain-name.com)
It continues trying to get you to sign up with them and they want you to respond within 48 hours.
Here's the Problem
There are many problems with this email and, in theory, this company is not doing anything legally wrong. However, they are misleading you in many ways.
Domain variations and extension should be given thought. They do not cost much and you do not need to rush in doing this. If you see anything which asks you to fork out huge fees and in a short amount of time (whether it be from DNSIreland or some other outfit), you should always beware. Ignore the email or, better yet, mark it as spam!
A quick Internet search shows this email was not just written for you to help but is wide spread with many clients contacting their service providers. See recent blog here from Blacknight. It's good to see others creating awareness of this very misleading email marketing. Be careful.
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