Three Tips to Avoid Domain Name Scams

Posted on Apr 13, 2012

Three Tips to Avoid Domain Name Scams

Domain name scams are lurking around every corner. Whether you are new or experienced in creating websites, you are the target of clever ploys to snatch your ideas, and empty your wallet.  While you may have already made some of these costly mistakes, you need to be aware of these three tips to avoiding domain name scams so you can avoid problems in the future.

 

Tip 1:  Don’t bite on clever junk mail

It may look legit, but that piece of mail that looks like an invoice for your domain name is probably a clever Domain Name Scam like Domain Registry of America, known for duping you into believing that their domain name is about to expire, and that you must pay immediately.  When you do, this switches your registration to the new company, and you pay a highly inflated price as well.

In short, if it doesn’t come from your current domain name registration company or from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) , discard this as junk mail immediately.  Want to learn more about this, click here or here.

 

Tip 2:  Don’t ignore important email

Be aware of the expiration dates of all your domain names.  If you choose ClickHOST to register your domain, you will always get a reminder, (from ClickHOST, not another company), well in advance of your expiration date. Don’t ignore this.  Act immediately so that your domain name doesn’t expire.

If you have your name registered somewhere else, consider switching your domain name to a trusted source like ClickHOST where you can depend upon timely and legitimate reminders.  Click here to learn more about how to switch your domain name registration.

Also, pay attention to emails that come from ICANN, as these can be very important for you to verify that you own a domain. A typical ICANN email could ask you to confirm your whois information “Important Notice: Please Verify Contact Data for your Domain Name(s).” Read these emails carefully, and respond as necessary to avoid problems and protect your domain from domain name scams. You can see an example of such an email in the, 3 easy tips to transfer your domain name blog post.

 

Tip 3:  Don’t “window shop” in the wrong place for possible domain names

This is the biggest scam of all, and despite of, (and in some cases, as a result of), all the regulations enacted by ICANN, some domain name merchants are just sneaky.

To better understand the potential problem, imagine that you are a kid in a candy store, and the store only stocks one piece of every kind of candy.  You ask the shopkeeper, “Do you have a Snickers bar?”  “Yes,” he replies, “and the price is 50 cents.”  “Hmmm.  How about Twix?” You are trying to decide.  “Is that available?”  “Sure,” the shopkeeper answers.  “That is 50 cents, too.”  This continues while you inquire about many different types of candy, but little do you know that there is sneaky kid right behind you who is buying the only Snickers, the only Twix, and every other candy bar in which you have shown an interest.  So you decide that the Snickers bar is what you want to purchase.  “I’ve decided to buy the Snickers,” you tell the shopkeeper.  “I’m sorry, but that little kid just bought it.  You’ll have to see if he will sell the Snickers to you now.”  Wow, and now instead of costing 50 cents, the creepy little kid is asking $5 for it, and you must either pay the price, or pick a different piece of candy that hopefully hasn’t been snatched up already.

Do you get the idea?

This is called Domain Name Front Running, or DNFR for short.  While ICANN has set limitations to make sure that people don’t buy up hordes of names, some tricky ones find out what you are looking for, and then buy up those domain names, only to charge you an inflated price if you decide that is what you want.  Even though some domain name merchants say that they never do DNFR, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t clever with their prices.  Consider this domain name scam used by a popular merchant who claims to never do DNFR.

When you first search on a domain name through their site, the price is $9.99.  You keep searching, considering other domain names, and the next day, you return to that same site to purchase the $9.99 name.  To your surprise, the price had jumped to $12.99, so you wait, and one day later, you check again and now it is $19.99.  Every time you check, the price is higher.  You feel like you had better buy it now before it costs even more.  Imagine how many people fall for this ploy, and how many dollars these domain name merchants are making as a result of either DNFR or clever pricing schemes. Most ClickHOST domains cost $17.95 (.ca is $24.99) and you can find the pricing list here.

So what can you do to avoid this?  Don’t window shop where domain name scams are a possibility.  ClickHOST would never capture your searches, and then inflate the price to you in the future.  ClickHOST would never participate in DNFR.  You and ClickHOST are PARTNERS in this website hosting and domain name registering alliance.  Trust is the cornerstone of any successful business relationship, and ClickHOST would never participate in any domain name scams.

In fact, this is the very reason that we are bringing these three tips to avoid domain name scams to your attention.  Click here to learn more about how to prevent domain name front running, and get tips on how to search for available sites without having the creepy little kid buying up the candy you are considering, or search through ClickHOST, knowing that your long-term satisfaction with ClickHOST is our goal.  It is your website, so watch out!  Domain name scams are lurking where you would least expect! Now that you are aware, perhaps you would like to move your existing domain to ClickHOST.

Click here to transfer your domain to ClickHOST.

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5 Comments

  1. At Pickydomains, much like Clickhost, a guarantee is provided that clients are not scammed. Too much of that going around these days.

  2. Good tips. I like the candy store analogy and I HATE that junk mail. I wish there was a way to close the loopholes that allow mail like that to be sent legally.

    • Mickey, I HATE few things in life. Spam and these keeps of messages are things I HATE :).

      Let’s think of things to close the loopholes.

  3. Phishing has got to be one of the most offensive crimes ever devised! And what can you do? I’ve got to where I pretty much never click on a link in an email (from some place where I have an account) but always bring up a new browser and type in the main address myself.

    • Keith, that’s a great idea. We all need to remember that suggestion. It’s like opening a door when a stranger knocks.

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