Have you gotten one of the notices below? We get them regularly and they're not legit. If you've read my other blog posts about spotting email scams and fraud you know there are several ways to spot a scam or bad email.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and again, and again…. you are your own best protection when it comes to avoiding scams, phishing and keeping your computer and personal information safe. You have to THINK before you click!
First, check out the email address of the sender: From: "Domain Services" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Hotmail? Who uses hotmail for business communications!?
This particular notice is worded to be completely confusing. It starts by calling the service "Domain listing". Further along it morphs into a "Domain Service Notice" then it's a "business Domain name search engine registration" and then it's "SEARCH SUBMISSIONS".
There are search engine optimization (SEO) services offered by legitimate companies but they'll never to send you an invoice before sitting down with you to discuss your company, website and goals.
In short, the email below is trash and should be deleted from your inbox should you get it. Have a question about an email you've received - let me know.
Subject: Domain Notification: CHRIS F This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing - ADOMAINYOUKNOW.COM
Attention: Important Notice
DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Complete and return by fax to: 1-212-913-9846
ATT: CHRIS F ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT
VIRTUAL DENSITY LLC
52 FEDERAL ROAD SUITE 2G DABURY CT - - - - - -
WWW.ADOMAINYOUKNOW.COM Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above
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.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.ADOMAINYOUKNOW.COM will expire on MAY 15,2013 Act today!
Want to receive this notification for other domains you own? simply list them below:_____________________ __________________________________________ _____________________
Today's Date: _____________________
Payment by Credit Card Select the term and complete the form above, then return by fax: 1-212-913-9846 (do not include your credit card details on this form, just fill the information above and fax it to us, once we receive your fax we will send you instructions on how to make a payment by credit card, also make sure you provide us with your contact phone number above)
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. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS Go to http://jiffytext.com/url/ to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited. * 100% satisfaction guaranteed, you may request a refund within 30 days.