Domain Services Scam
UPDATE: Domain Service Notice Scam 6-23-2013
Another Round of Domain Services Scams Drop In Inboxes
Today, our inbox was inundated with masses of “Domain Services Scam Spam” just exactly as it was one year, one month and one day ago (we grabbed a quick screenshot of the first few showing in our email program). As is always the case, we urge you to avoid these scammers and spammers at all cost. If you have a domain and you think you may have fallen victim to this scam, we recommend taking these steps:
- Call your credit card company and begin a charge dispute so that you can request a charge-back.
- When asked for proof, fax or email them a copy of the spam/scam email you received.
- Provide a link to this article (and/or any of the other legitimate articles out there exposing these scam artists).
- If you paid by check, stop payment immediately.
- Contact the company you originally registered your domain with and explain the situation. Let them know that you have been scammed and you are trying to take the proper steps to save your domain name. As long as you can prove ownership of the domain and providing you responded in a timely manor (within a few hours of falling for the scam) you should be able to save your domain name from getting into the scammer’s hands.
A few months ago, we posted about this “Domain Service Notice” SCAM circulating via mail (see original post below). Today, we received an inbox filled with SPAM from the same scammers and thought we would share that information with you as well.
WARNING – DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINKS WITHIN THE PDF! Those links lead to a pornographic blog that we assume has been hacked but can’t be sure.
Original Post: A Message from Our President
This post is to inform you a scam that has been sweeping across the internet. The scam is called “DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE”. The scamming company searches across the internet for people who have registered domain names. They then take your contact information and solicit an email that appears to be a legitimate “Domain Renewal” notification.
The following is a screenshot image of what the scam looks like:
Please avoid this scam! The company is not legitimate and they take an astronomical amount of money from you. If you have already fallen for the scam please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to recover your name if this has happened recently.
How do you know when it is a legitimate notice?
- We NEVER email forms, EVER.
- We NEVER ask you to FAX ANYTHING.
- Our company name will always be posted as S.D. Professionals, LLC.
- Renewal Notices always come from email@example.com.
If ever in doubt, forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have any questions at all, call us at 865-774-9023.
Thank you for your time,
S.D. Professionals, LLC
Bringing Life to Imagination™
Phone: 865-774-9023 | Fax: 865-908-2654
Hours: M-F 8:00am – 4:00pm Eastern