I can’t stand to see companies luring in customers by tricking them.  If you own a domain name, you may have seen what looks like a renewal notice for your domain name.  It comes from Domain Registry of America.  This company sends out “invoice-like” notices in hopes that people will pay them.  By paying this company, you are authorizing them to transfer your domain registration from your current registrar to their company – at a much higher yearly renewal rate.

According to Wikipedia, “Domain slamming (also known as unauthorized transfers or domain name registration scams) is a scam in which the offending domain name registrar attempts to trick domain owners into switching from their existing registrar to theirs, under the pretense that the customer is simply renewing their subscription to their current registrar.”

Domain Registry of America was sued in 2002 over this practice, but they are still in business today.

Beware of this scam and be sure only to renew your domain name with the registrar that you originally signed up with.

Author: Jennifer Sanderson

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