Domain Registrations: Don’t Get Scammed!

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Have you ever received a letter in the mail (snail mail!) asking you to renew your domain or get added to a domain registry and wondered if it is LEGIT? It probably isn’t!

Watch now! For a full transcript, see below…

Hi! I’m Katy from KDD, and I’m here with a public service announcement. I have been asked by clients many times about this, so I thought the best thing to do would be to just put a little video out there, let people know about this scam that you may get if you own a website or have a domain registered.

Have you ever gotten something in the mail that looks like this (from Domain Registry, or from Domain Listings or another similar company, there are many!)?

Domain Registry Mailing

Domain Listings Mailing

This Notice is not a bill

THIS IS NOT FOR REAL.

If you open one of these letters, it looks like it’s something you’re supposed to pay to keep your website up, but if you read really carefully, somewhere in the letter it’s going to say THIS IS NOT A BILL. (Don’t pay this!) Or it might say YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY. And THAT’s the truth. These are NOT for real.

You’ll look at the bottom at the pricing, it will sound similar to what you pay for your website hosting or renewing your domain for several years.

They sound legit, they even sometimes look like a really good deal. 1 year for $50, 2 years for $90, 5 years for $190. Except, when you are renewing a domain registration, that’s really only going to cost you around $15.

And, wherever you have your domain registered, you aren’t going to get something in the mail to renew it. You will get an email to renew it. That’s how it typically works. And the same goes for your hosting. You aren’t going to get mail to renew your hosting. That comes strictly through email.

I want to leave you with one really useful tip.

Once you get a domain, or you are putting a website up, make sure you have a list somewhere that you can easily reference that shows exactly who you’re paying, how much you’re paying, and when you’re paying to renew your domain or hosting. Know who hosts your website and where the domain is registered. That way, you can pull out this information when you get one of these letters in the mail, and you won’t accidentally throw away your money on this scam.

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