Domain Name Renewal | How to Avoid Scams

A domain name renewal scam is a scam in which a third party other than the domain name registrant uses deception to generate revenue by asking domain name owners to send money and sensitive information in order to renew their domain.

Internet domain name scams often take the form of invoices, phone calls and email notifications. In fact, because these scammers go to great lengths to disguise their intent in an official-looking way, it can be difficult to separate the sheep from the wolves. However, it is possible to spot and avoid deception by keeping a few rules in mind.

Domain Name Renewal Scam | The Email

When it comes to domain renewal scams, emails are perhaps the most common weapon of choice. These official looking emails often include links with a clickable URL that they say will lead you to more information. However, these links can be programmed to transfer your domain name registry to theirs – an action they can now claim you requested.

To avoid having your domain name transferred to an illegitimate company, ignore emails from strangers trying to solicit and never pay after receiving an email notification you are unsure about.

Your true domain registrar wants to make sure you don’t lose your domain name. If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of a notification, contact your registrar to confirm that it is authentic.

Domain Name Renewal Scam | The Phone Call

You may, at some point in time, receive a phone call from an individual asking for personal business information, in order to update the details regarding your domain name, renew your domain name or transfer your domain name. These callers often use high-pressure sales tactics, yet they do not have any real information regarding your domain.

It is always a good idea to be wary of incoming calls asking for sensitive information. When you receive one of these calls, begin the conversation by asking for the caller’s company name, city, state, phone number and name. Oftentimes, this will lead to the caller hanging up.

If you are unsure about whether or not a call regarding your domain is legitimate, offer to return their call, then contact your domain name provider.

Domain Name Renewal Scam | Snail Mail

According to “Beware Domain Registration Scams” by Amir Lev, scammers often have access to databases that allow them to see the domains that’re coming up for renewal. They will, then, send a domain name invoice that looks professional and legitimate. Their hope in doing so is that the invoice recipient will not notice it is not from their domain registrar.

If you receive a domain renewal invoice or notice in the mail that is from an unknown company instead of your domain registrar, throw it away.

Be Proactive

It is important to always be aware of who your domain name is registered with, so you don’t have to waste your time with spammers. To discover who the registrant of your website is, use our free domain registrar tool.

As technology evolves, so do the tactics of scammers. However, utilizing just a few investigative skills can help you protect your manufacturing business and personal assets from the ill will of others.

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