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Domain Name Scams
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Dear Valued Customers,

Very Important Information – Domain Name Scams

We have received a number of phone calls today from our various customers, who have received renewal invoices or emails, relating to domain names from a company called “Domain Registry of America” and emails saying that someone is trying to register there domain name(s) using keywords from there company name or existing domain names, these email are originating from Asia. These are domain name scans.

NOTE: You will only receive invoices from us, or reminders via email from us.

Email – Domain Name Scam (Asia)

“Dear xxxx,

We are a domain name registration center in xxxxx, mainly dealing with domain name registration and internet intellectual property rights protection. On xxxx we received a formal application from a company who is applying to register several domains, using "xxxxx "as the keyword. After investigation, we find that you are the original user of the keyword. Such similar domain cases may involve your trademark and company name, and may cause website confusion and conflicts. For a responsible attitude, we inform you here and ask for your opinion. If you don't mind, we will finish registration for the third company.

Regards,

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

Letter / email - Domain Name Scam - Domain Registry of America

Domain Registry of America our sending out "renewal notices" in official looking envelopes for international (.com .org .net) domains they do not control. The letter appears to be a legitimate renewal notice, but if you complete the tear off strip and pay your money, you will actually be transferring your domain into the control of DRoA. The letter is cleverly worded making this a legal deception.

Phone Scam - “Another company is trying to register your name”

Domain Registry of America are phoning you claiming that someone is trying to register an alternative version of your domain name. They will offer you the chance to register that domain name at a high price to "prevent the other person from taking your domain name". They will often give you a short time limit, maybe only a few minutes, to decide whether you want to register that domain name and prevent someone else from taking it.

The people allegedly about to register the other name rarely, if ever, exist, although there have been instances where the alternative domains have been registered by "the other person". If this happens, it is most likely that the domain scammers are "the other person" and have registered the domain name themselves.

Our advice is not to register any domain names with any company making such claims. If you feel the domain name is important to you, register the domain name online with us or another provider at much lower prices. You may be able to do this even while you discuss matters with the domain scammers.
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