As a follow-up to a previous post by Betsey, we would like to also warn people about another domain scam. The Domain Registry of America regularly sends out 'mail' with invoices to renew domain services even though they are not the domain registrar. We have identified this as a scam, but realize the average consumer may not find it so easy.
In the top right corner of the mailing are the words "Domain Name Expiration Notice." Then, below that, there is an 800 number and a web address (www.droa.com). It's an official looking letter and arrives in an official looking envelope and a return envelope, addressed but not postage paid. The letter begins, "As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification of the domain name registrations that are due to expire in the next few months."
The letter continues:
"When you switch today to the Domain Registry of America, you can take advantage of our best savings."
Then the letter goes on to tell you when your domain names expire (several months away) and tells you to "Act today!"
This is a scam and paying the money they are requesting will do nothing. Domain Registry of America is not BBB Accredited, and while businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation, it is always a good thing to look for.
We would like to emphasize to people that it is good to know where your domains are registered, and to always research any mail or email you receive that seems suspicious.
More information on this topic:
- You can always give us a call at 866.788.0023.
- Nick Stamoulis from Search Engine Optimization Journal wrote a blog about this issue here.