I recently received an email from a company encouraging me to renew my client's domain with them - at a much higher price than I'd normally pay. The domain in question is months away from renew, and it's registered with someone else. When it does come time to renew, it will cost around £10, not the $75 qoted here.
The email is from email@example.com with the subject line: "Domain Notification: YOUR NAME This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing - YOURDOMAIN.NET".
If you read it carefully it does say how I have no prior relationship with this company, it's not an invoice and I have no obligation to give them any money. However - it is written in an alarmist tone, claiming it's my "final notice" and that if I wish to accept the offer I need to reply within 2 days.
If you receive this email, read it carefully to check it definately is the same / is a hoax in your case too - and then don't worry about it!
The full email transcript is below with mine and my client's details changed.
Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: YOURDOMAIN.NET
Complete and return by fax to:
ATT: YOUR NAME
MRS XXXXXX TRADING AS XXXXXX
Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above
Requested Reply Before
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: YOUR NAME
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration.
This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission.
You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.YOURDOMAIN.NET will expire on January 11,2016 Act today!
[ ] 1 year 1/11/2016 - 1/11/2017 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 1/11/2016 - 1/11/2018 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 1/11/2016 - 1/11/2021 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 1/11/2016 - 1/11/2026 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer - Best value! Lifetime $499.00
Today's Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________
Payment by Credit Card
Select the term above, then return by fax: 1-716-226-0733
By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.