Domain-related scam
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 06:10
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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May 21, 2012

Yesterday I received a message saying my domain is expiring soon and I should renew it for USD 75/year.
When I checked my account at Network Solutions I saw my registration expires in October 2014. I had payed 114 USD for 5 years in 2009.
So be warned, do not fall to this kind of scam. The message included all my contact details correctly, so I almost believed it.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:10
Member (2009)
English to German
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Good move May 21, 2012

Hi Heinrich,

it was wise of you to check the validity of your account.

I assume that whoever contacted you didn't address you by your name, correct?
Scammers seldom do.

It would be nice to see the entire email with sender's IP and name etc.

Keep safe!
Thayenga


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:10
German to English
Common practice May 21, 2012

I receive these from time to time. It's a deceptive practice targeted at domain owners. Many, if not most, owners of a domain don't keep track of the ownership expiration date. This information is freely available, which is how your name was found. Recipients of such e-mail (and snail mail!) assume they're receiving it because of an impending expiry date. In many cases, victims authorize transfer of domain hosting, incurring cancellation fees assessed by the original hosting company.

In the US, it's legal to do entice people in this way, but highly unethical.


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