Have you received an email from “Domain Services” recently? If so, you might have been a little worried about the contents. Nobody likes receiving a “Final Reminder”, and one so expected can really catch you off-guard. This particular final reminder makes it sound as though you’re going to lose your domain if you don’t take action, and this can be very scary if that domain is linked to your business. They do, however, use the word “solicitation”, so if you’ve got a keen eye then the warning signs are there.
You will already have paid for your domain for a set amount of time, and chances are it’s your pride and joy. If you lose your domain, do you lose your fantastic website and the engagement you’ve worked so hard to achieve through it?
To put it simply, no. “Domain Services” is a scam, and nothing to do with either your domain or hosting provider. They’re taking advantage of small businesses who perhaps don’t know better in order to make a quick buck, but unlike many other scams of this nature, they look pretty legitimate, and they’ve managed to bypass your spam folder.
This practice is what is commonly known as “Domain Slamming”. This is when a domain registrar different to the one you’re currently using sends you an email that seems like a renewal notification, but in reality it’s a transfer form. For a simpler explanation, imagine you’ve signed a contract for your mobile phone with Vodafone, but the next month you get a bill from O2. It’s pretty much the same thing, but in this case it’s your domain, not your mobile phone that these slammers want the contracts for. Your domain won’t be stolen if you fall prey to this scam – it’s just an unauthorised transfer and you’ll lose a lot of money unnecessarily.
So, what happens if you click through to their website? These guys really don’t mess around – they’re going to ask you for money from step one. If you do fall prey to them, the least you stand to lose is $75, which is roughly £60. This can be a lot of money for a small business owner to lose in one go, so it always makes sense to do your research if you receive an iffy email.
If you receive any emails regarding your domain, your first port of call should be your current registrar to double check your renewal date. If the date isn’t close, disregard the email and keep your money for a rainy day!
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