February 1, 2016
Domain Registry of America Scam?
Have you received an official-looking envelope from “Domain Registry of America?” It’s a white envelope with an American flag in the upper left corner.
When you open it, it states “Domain Name Expiration Notice” in the upper right-hand corner.
I can tell you that most of my clients don’t remember who they registered their domain name with, and a notice like this will really confuse them.
The notice gives you a dire warning that a “failure to renew your domain name by the expiration date may result in the loss of your online identity…”
Even though it states “This notice is not a bill,” it looks like an invoice.
At this point, most people would be worried; they would stop reading, complete the form and authorize a payment to Domain Registry of America.
What they have just done is authorize the transfer of their domain so that Domain Registry of America can be their new registrar for $35 per year. What sucks about that is they were probably paying only $6 to $10 per year to their current registrar!
So is this a scam? Not quite, but it’s certainly on the borderline of deceptive.
If you get a notice from Domain Registry of America and they are not your registrar, please feel free to put it in the trash.