Avoid Fradulant and Misleading Registrars
Many people and companies try to take advantage of others through domain name scams. Don't be a victim of one of these schemes.
Case #1 solicitation to register similar domains
An unsolicited attempt to sell you domain names similar to your own should usually be ignored. For example, assume your domain name is yourdomain.com. A domain company may send an email to you offering to register similar domains on your behalf. I.e. yourdomain.net, yourdomain.org, yourdomain.us, yourdomain.ca, yourdomain.cn, yourdomain.de, your-domain.com etc... In fact, there are currently 280 TLDs (Top Level Domains, such as .com or .net). Not to mention the your-domain.com , your-domain.net, and so on. It is just not practical or affordable to register every available variation of your domain. You may, however, decide you do want one or two additional domains to park on op of your main domain, or to host a side project, or just to protect your name from someone else buying a similar one.
Ok, so lets assume you do decide that you want to buy one of these similar domains. There is still no reason you have to register it with the company soliciting you. Until purchased, domains are freely available from any registrar. And usually the companies making these offers have signifigantly higher than average costs. You should also consider that you already have a domain name registered with somebody. It makes life much easier when all your domains are with the same company. That way you have one place to go to control them and one company billing you to keep track of. If you don't like your current registrar, consider shopping around and changeing. We recommend registering your domains through the company that does your web hosting. This provides convenient management of all your internet related services.
Another good reason not to register any domains with a company that practices these types of marketing tactics is that these companies are unscrupulous and untrustworthy. They have already sent you spam (an unsolicited email). They are violating ICANN bylaws by using whois information to create a marketing list. They often try to scare you or threaten that if you don't buy these domains it will hurt your business. Below is an example of an email a client of ours received. Note how they claim that someone else is interested in these domain names and they, out of the kindness in their hearts, are giving the mark an opportunity to buy it first.
The domain name was changed to protect the innocent, but every other word is as sent. I know, it is hard not to trust "Cherry" from the "Checking" department. But I think " Robert Jiang" is not probably not interested in this obsure domain at all. Maybe I am just synical, so I will keep checking to see if those domains ever get registered by anyone. If they do, I will formally apologise to Cherry. But here is a link to another example of the same message. http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/1279391.html Either Robert Jiang is some kind of internet mogul trying to buy up every obscure domain name available, or this is a confirmation that this is a scam. Im not saying that they are not a real company who could regester these domains, but that they are contacting peoplle under false pretense and illegally in some jurisdictions.
Case #2 solicitations that look like invoices
This practice became popularized by Domain Registry of America. This wikipedia article outlines this scam...
The Domain Registry of America is an Internet domain registrar based in the Canadian province of Ontario best known for sending solicitations for business that resemble legitimate invoices.
The best case scenario for falling for this scam is that youll be paying 3 times the average price for your domain. We have also heard reports of clients losing thier domain altogether.
Do not use an disreputable company to register your domain names. A domain name today can be more important than an 800 number in terms of allowing your clients to reach you. It is your home on the internet and is usually connected to all of the emails in your company. To lose a domain name can be devistating to a small business. That is why we recommend not using a company you are unfamiliar with or one that has shady business practices.
If you have any questions regarding your domain name or registering a new name, call us.