Annual Domain Renewals: Beware of Unsolicited Letters

In the world of business, there are plenty of scams and bad business you need to be aware of.  If you own a website and the domain is registered with your company (or your personal) address, you are likely to receive a letter close to the time of your renewal date informing you that your domain needs to be renewed.  Sounds like a convenient reminder, right?

Unfortunately, not.

The letter(s) that come look like bills to charge you to renew your domain.  While if you CAREFULLY read the letter, including the ‘fine print’ (which most people don’t), you’ll notice that they mention that the letter is in fact, not a bill.  It further states that by paying the stated amount, typically 2-3x more than your current domain registrar, you are authorizing transfer of the domain to them.  Most people think they would recognize a bill charging them 3x more than their current rate, but because the amounts are still relatively small (~$35 / year), most people don’t think twice about it.

It goes to say for all items you receive in the mail – be careful, read the fine print… and don’t respond to letters that come via snail mail for your domain transactions.

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