Scam Alert

I got a letter in the mail today regarding my domain, Normally, my domain host provider handles that domain name registration or renewal because they are the ones I signed up with initially. Usually around the expiration date, I would get an email reminding me that my domain is about to expire. The email informs me that if I wanted to cancel, I should reply otherwise, they are going to go ahead and automatically renew my domain name for me.

After looking over the notice that I got in the mail, there was no way in hell I’m going to sign over to these guys. They were asking for $40 to renew my domain name for a year. That’s a rip off, like big time. 1and1 charges me $5.99 to renew my domain for another year. Having known that, I stuck with my choice to stay with 1and1. I also did some research on the ‘Domain Registry of Canada.’ This noticed looked professional and most of the information they had on me was accurate but most of that can be found on the net somewhere.

Their return mail was address to a postal office box somewhere in Markham, Ontario. I don’t trust P.O boxes all that much because my mail isn’t going to an actual business building. It’s going to the postal office box that some average Joe can rent for $100 a year. Next, in the letter they wrote this. “You must renew your domain name to retain exclusive rights to it on the Web… failure to renew your domain name by the expiration date may result in a lost of your online identity making it difficult for your customers and friends to locate your on the web.” Sounds like an empty threat if you ask me. You know how many people have online identities. I have friends who go online and pretend to be girls so the guys can buy them stuff. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Anyway, this domain name scammers tries to steal existing customers away from their competitors by soliciting them. They started out in the states and I guess they’re moving across the border to attempt to fool some people over here. I think Alvin got this notice before I did but I told him to ignore because I knew that 1and1 were going to renew his domain for him. Now I get the same notice so something is not right here. All I can do for the time being is ignore it.

I would urge everyone to be more protective when it comes to giving out personal information. When I was working at Rogers, all it took for people to give me their credit card was to tell them that I’m from Rogers and that they had an outstanding balance. Those people are easy prey for scammers. These days, people will do anything to make a quick buck and they don’t care who’s on the other end. All they care about is getting the money.