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
Domain Name: CARCOSCLEANERS.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1749015055_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
Registrar URL: www.enom.com
Updated Date: 2014-01-16T10:31:42.00Z
Creation Date: 2012-10-01T01:00:00.00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-10-01T01:00:00.00Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 48
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: MIKE COPSEY
Registrant Street: 1014 SOUTH 7TH STREET
Registrant City: PRAIRIE DU CHIEN
Registrant State/Province: WI
Registrant Postal Code: 53821
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.6083062127
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: @GMAIL.COM
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: MIKE COPSEY
Admin Street: 1014 SOUTH 7TH STREET
Admin City: PRAIRIE DU CHIEN
Admin State/Province: WI
Admin Postal Code: 53821
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.6083062127
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +1.
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: @GMAIL.COM
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: AARON WESTER
Tech Organization: AQW NETWORK SERVICES
Tech Street: PO BOX 519
Tech City: OXFORD
Tech State/Province: WI
Tech Postal Code: 53952
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.6085864954
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.6085865247
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: @AQWNET.COM
Name Server: NS1.DATAINN.NET
Name Server: NS2.DATAINN.NET
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: @enom.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252982646
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
Last update of WHOIS database: 2014-01-16T10:31:42.00Z
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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.