Domain registrar hijackers! There should be a law!
Got another one of these in the mail today and I can’t tell you how much it pisses me off! Obviously, *I* know better, but I wonder how many unsuspecting folks fall for this type of scam. Basically, the company sends you this official looking *invoice* titled “Domain Name Expiration Notice”. As you can see, it has a decent amount of long blocked text; long enough that some might skim over it.
They start off saying that your domain name is due to expire in the next few months. Sure, in the second sentence they truthfully say, “When you switch today…”, but I would bet that there are many people who have domains, but don’t totally understand how the system works and will totally fall for this scam. Another gem from the invoice is “This notice is not a bill. It is rather an easy means of payment should you decide to switch your domain name registration…” More like an easy way to get tricked.
IMHO this is deception of the worst kind. It preys on the unsuspecting. I don’t have a problem with companies trying to get you to switch registrars, but this is a clear attempt to trick you into switching.
What’s even crazier is that they want $30 a year!!! Geez!
If you see one of these in the mail. Toss it immediately. Do not be duped! Your true domain registrar will *email* you. Of course, I think everyone should use HotpointDomains.com, but that is a shameless self-promoting plug.