As a Web Developer, I have many domain names out there that I either own or control.
I got a letter in the mail today from Internet Domain Name Services stating that one of these domains (carcoscleaners.com) is do to expire soon and all I got to do is cut them a check or write my credit card number on the form and send it back to them..
Now I have control of that domain, I have an account with AQW Network Services and I know the man there personally. So why would I be getting a notice that my domain is up for renewal when it would be my hosting guy’s business sending me the notice?
What really is taking place here is something called “Domain Slamming”. Where they try to make it look like they are already your domain registrar and for busy people trying to get the bills paid, they may assume this and just fill out the form. The price is also high enough ($45 per year) that it looks like they could be talking about the hosting account, but they are not.. Hosting is usually another price from $60 to $200 per year.
It’s like stealing candy from a baby, from the moral perspective also.
Lets all unwelcome these guys by making sure you are not their next victim, or if you did fall into this by accident, or should I say trap (stepping on a bear trap is not an accident, it is a trap that was set with intention to trap you), force yourself out of the trap.
If you see the following form in the mail, you are either about to be or already have been slammed.
Whenever you put yourself out on the internet there is always some risk of someone taking advantage of your information. In this particular case , they use a innocent service like Who Is , a reputable domain name look up service, to look up your domain’s information so that they know your name, address, phone, who to send the form to, when the domain expires etc. Here is the who is lookup for Carcos Cleaners LLC:
Raw Registrar Data
You’re thinking “oh my, he put his information out here in front of us so he’s just asking for someone to scam him.” You are right, but at the same time, in order to be a responsible business and to be responsible about your website, that information is put to public on purpose.
If you want to read more about this topic, go here.