There’s a nice little sneaky email going around that is causing a fair bit of confusion and parting people from their hard earned money.
It’s an official looking and sounding email that goes like this:
“Attention: Important Notice DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.”
Isn’t that cute? Makes it sound like if you don’t pay them then you won’t be found in search engines – complete nonsense.
It then gives you the choice to piss away $75 to $499 to these sneaky little bastards.
It ends with a bit of fine print:
“By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer……”
That covers their ass that they’re not sending an invoice.
So you see, it’s not actually fraud or illegal because it’s not an invoice. It’s actually an offer.
If You’ve Already Fallen For It
If you’ve already fallen for it, you can do a chargeback on your credit card and get your money back. But be quick, you’ve only got 30 days.