Beware of Domain Renewal Scams

Domain Renewal ScamA common inquiry we get from clients is regarding a letter they receive in the mail about the impending renewal of their web site's domain name (see example notice to the right). It is usually from a company you've never heard (like the Domain Registry of America) informing you that your domain is expiring. Odds are, it's a scam called Domain slamming.

Wikipedia defines Domain slamming as a "form of scam in which a domain name registrar attempts to trick customers into switching from their existing registrar to the scamming registrar under the pretense that the customer is simply renewing their subscription to their old registrar."

So, if you get this type of letter from a company that you've never done business with, it is safe to say that you can just toss it. If your domain is being managed by T324 (which most of our clients opt for), then you don't need to do anything. We automatically renew it so that it never expires. If you have a domain registered with a third-party registrar such as Network Solutions, you need to remember to renew it and always keep your registration information up-to-date. Every year we have a handful of clients that lose their domain name because they forget to do so. If you are in this situation and you ever want T324 to manage your domain instead, just let us know!