Last week, we reported the domain registration scam by DomainRegister. Now, a week later, another one has popped up, this time by Domain Name Group.
It’s very similar to the DomainRegister scam – you are sent an official looking document which resembles an invoice that needs to be paid. The document comes from:
Domain Name Group Pty Ltd Level 1, 530 Little Collins Street GPO Box 4111 Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Phone: 1300 255 144 Website: www.domainnamegroup.com.au ACN: 135 462 305 Bank deposit details: Bank of Cyprus (Delphi Bank)
An example of their letter with payment options is included below. It looks extremely similar to the one from DomainRegister.
They attempt to get you to register an additional domain which is quite similar to one of your existing domain names. For example, it may be a .com or .net.au version of a .com.au domain you already own. The offer to register is aimed at either convincing you that you are simply renewing your existing domain, or that you should register the similar name to protect your internet identity. They push the legal boundaries of billing you for something you didn’t order by the use of wording that says “this is an invitation to register – if you are not the proprietor or do not wish to register, disregard this letter”. The registration fee is very excessive, typically several hundreds of dollars, which is up to 10 times the amount of an equivalent service provided by a reputable provider. The offer of free web or email forwarding does not offset the large total of the bill.
Before deciding to renew your existing domain, or registering a similar domain to one you already own, you should definitely look around for the best deal. But most importantly, ensure that your selected domain registrar has been accredited by auDA – the Australian domain name administrator. See the official list of accredited domain registrars and then visit each registrar’s website to compare their domain name pricing.
auDA posted out a warning two years ago about the ongoing unsolicited letters to businesses from Domain Name Group and Domain Register.