Here is another barely legal scam, (sorry – “solicitation)”, that people fall for every day.
It purports to be related to your domain renewal – which is, of course, a very important part of your website.
It also presents as an invoice that is due for payment by your company. (see image below)
Note the dire warnings in the document:
- “Notice of Expiration”
. . . and . . .
- “Failure to complete this order by Dec 16 may result in cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you . . . “
- “This notice is . . . a courtesy reminder to register HOTPINKWEBSITES.COM”
- “This Offer . . . will expire on Dec 16, 2011. Act today!”
You know that it is dodgy because:
- the email address does not link to a domain registrar website
- the domain is actually an Indian based marketing website, (so if you do your due diligence and check out the source, it generates more traffic to that website – a neat trick)
- the domain renewal date is wrong
- our business address is listed on the form as US not Australia! Ooops!
They usualy arrive by post, because that tends to look more “official” and credible, and more notice is taken of printed documents.
But they are now sending them out by email, because it is much cheaper and they can send thousands if not millions of them at a time.
SO . . .
If you receive one of these solicitations, make sure that you do your due diligence before paying the “invoice”. In other words, check it out properly!
Advise all of your staff and team members to be on the lookout for these types of notices and invoices.
And if you are not sure what to do about it, you can email it to me and I will check it out for you.
Stay Safe on the Internet!