Know your registrar, don’t get duped!
The issue of the "domain register" scam continues to rear its ugly head.
You may get a letter or an email telling you that your domain is about to expire and if you fail to renew it your website will stop working. The language is designed to create a sense of urgency so that you pay right away to avoid having an interruption in your website service.
Is it true that your website won't work if the domain expires? Yes. Is paying this bill going to prevent that? No. These scammers make it sound like they have control of your domain name, but what they are trying to do is have you transfer your domain name to them at a higher than average cost, so you are locked in to paying them every year.
Another scam that starts the same way is about having your domain name on a registry list, kind of like a phone book listing for the internet; that is also bogus. Sometimes marketed as "Marketing Services" -- you pay them money and they do nothing but keep your money.
Recently we have been hearing from our customers that they are receiving bills in the paper mail and by email to renew their domain name, and whether they should pay it. A couple told us they already had, and so we shouldn't bill them for it. Very likely, if you paid one of those bills, you were scammed, and may not ever see that money again.
If you are a Montague WebWorks customer, *we* are probably your domain name registrar, and so we should be the only one sending you a bill regarding your domain name. If you are one of the few MWW customers that held on to your own domain name, you would get a bill lfrom someone like GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Web.com, or 1&1.com.
In this article we will go over the six scams we know of. The companies we've discovered so far, are:
Make no mistake... THESE ARE ALL SCAMS. DO NOT PAY THEIR BILLS
All they want to do is get money from people who aren't paying attention, knowing that some people just write checks against any bill they receive, thinking they're safe from scammers.
Let's go through them one at a time, and review what their invoices look like.