There are two common scam emails that website owners will receive weekly if their domain name registrar information is not hidden.
(A domain name is the text address of a website e.g. www.facebook.com or www.rte.ie)
You should never reply to any such emails but instead contact your web developer if ever in doubt as to the authenticity of any such mails.
This first example is from an email address firstname.lastname@example.org but in your email inbox the from email will often appear as your own domain name.
.cf is a free domain name registered in the Central African Republic. The first warning sign in any scam email is the email address.
The text of the email is an attempt to confuse you into thinking you need to renew your domain registration or your customers will not be able to find your website on a search engine. They include a fictional expiration date which is always in two to three days time and they encourage you to click on a link at the bottom of the mail which will bring you to a website where they can take payment from you.
Of course none of the warnings are true and the registration service is fake. Here is one that I received for a domain that I have registered.
Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: mccaulsofmillstreet.com
ATT: Michael McCaul
Response Requested By
14 – Aug – 2019
PART I: REVIEW NOTICE
Attn: Michael McCaul
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.
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 registration includes domain name search engine submission. 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: mccaulsofmillstreet.com will expire at 11:59PM EST, 14 – Aug – 2019 Act now!
It even contained an unsubscribe link in an attempt to make it look authentic.
This second example comes from email address labeled Domain Service <email@example.com>
It is much more professional in appearance than the previous example and the format is to mimic the layout of an invoice.
Expiration date: 08/07/2018
|To: Denis McCaul, Go Online Web Design || || |
|Terenure Enterprise Centre, 17 Rathfarnham Road Terenure |
|Dublin || || |
|Co. Dublin, IRELAND|| || |
|denismccaul.com||08/21/2018 to 08/21/2019 ||$86.00 ||1 Year |
Secure Online Payment
Domain Name: denismccaul.com
Attn: Denis McCaul
This important expiration notification notifies you about the expiration notice of your domain registration for denismccaul.com search engine optimization submission. The information in this expiration notification may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the Domain Seo Service Registration to purchase our search engine traffic generator. We do not register or renew domain names. We are selling traffic generator software tools. This information is intended for the use of the individual(s) named above.
If you fail to complete your domain name registration denismccaul.com search engine optimization service by the expiration date, may result in the cancellation of this search engine optimization domain name notification notice.
Secure Online Payment
to complete your payment.
Failure to complete your seo domain name registration denismccaul.com search engine optimization service process may make it difficult for customers to find you on the web.
This domain seo registration for denismccaul.com search engine service optimization notification will expire 08/07/2018.
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. If you have multiple accounts with us, you must opt out for each one individually to unlike receiving notifications. We are a search engine optimization company. We do not directly register or renew domain names. This is not a bill. You are dont need to pay the amount unless you accept this notification. This message, which contains promotional material strictly along the guidelines of the Can-Spam act of 2003. We have clearly mentioned the source mail-id of this email, also clearly mentioned our subject lines and they are in no way misleading. Please do not reply to this email, as we are not able to respond to messages sent to this address.