There are many scams out there, and this one has been reported a couple of times on the internet and has been used by suspect unethical domain registration companies trying to bully or scaremonger businesses into registering additional domains with them at an inflated price (it is possible to easily register domains with prices less than $15).
If you have a domain registered, it is worth keeping an eye out for as the emails can seem convincing and persuading. Ignore and delete them.
This is the sort of wording of the email…
We have received a request for the registration of the website www.yourdomainname.net Our system shows that you are the owner of www.yourdomainname.net. This can have far-reaching consequences for you in the future. We are therefore under the statutory obligation to contact you, in order to offer you the first right of registration. This means that we will reject the application of the third party and the website:
After agreement we will link this website to:
This means that you will have the first option on the domain name, in order to avoid possible future problems.
We are usually under the obligation to register the domain name and to protect it for a period of 10 years. The annual price for the .NET extension is AU$39.95 per year. This means a one-off payment of AU$399.50. When the link has been completed, all the Internet traffic that goes to the .NET extension, will be automatically linked to your current extension and website. This process will take a maximum of 24 hours. This domain name will then have a worldwide reach. The third party will be rejected and can no longer use your domain name.
- You will receive a one-off invoice of AU$399.50, exclusive of GST, for a term of 10 years.
- This contract can be cancelled at all times after the first term of one year. The paid amount for the remaining number of years will be refunded to your account.
If you agree to our offer, please send an agreement by email within 48 hours after receipt of this email, stating your name, address and ABN number in a reply to this e-mail address.
The third party will subsequently be rejected by us, and we will then complete the link. You will receive a confirmation and all the information you need by email on the same day.
With kind regards,