Have you ever been called by a company that controls domain name sales and offers a different version of your domain? This is domain name fraud! In 2020 we have received an increasing number of reports from customers that they would have the first registration right on a domain extension because someone else wants to get it. This article is about how to avoid domain name scams.
Don’t fall for this, because exorbitantly high amounts are being asked for your domain name with a different extension (such as .com, .net, .org, .info, .eu etc.), sometimes 15 times more than what it is normally worth . Being able to pay in installments also occurs regularly.
In addition, it is usually the case that the domain name mentioned is still free for registration. If you participate in these practices, then you are a thief of your own wallet. Scams with domain names have unfortunately been commonplace for years.
Detect fraud with domain name sales
How do you recognize domain name fraud? That is simple when looking at the characteristics below.
- You will be contacted by phone, e-mail or mail.
- The company that contacts you is not a member of any official domain name authority or organization.
- The fraudster acts as an employee of an offcial domain name authority, but this authority will never contact you this way to make such an offer.
- Also, official web hosting companies won’t call you to register another domain name extension to the one you already acquired.
- An urgency is indicated as a sales trick, with which the fraudster tries to create a panic situation. Someone else is running away with your domain name unless you decide and pay immediately.
- The amount to be paid for the domain name is too high, much higher than that of a legitimate company.
- It may also be that you are offered to renew your domain name, but it is not yet expiring.
How do you prevent domain name scams?
Via a number of basic rules you can quickly prevent from becoming a victim of such scams. That starts with informing staff within your organization. You can also take these tips into account.
- Always be careful with offers, read the lowercase letters three times, especially in case of an unknown provider.
- Never allow them to put you under pressure.
- Never rush a purchase, not a domain name, hosting package or whatever. It must give you a good feeling. Otherwise just don’t do it.
- Register with a privacy protection organization. This is usually free and in doing so you are less often contacted without permission.
- If you are offered a domain, always check first if it is already registered.
- Are you unsure about an offer? Then contact your web host. Its employees can check the status of a domain name for you.
- Never sign mail items or documents from parties unknown to you, since your signature can again be misused through identity fraud.
- If you respond by mail, please do so by registered letter.
Are you victimized?
Even though you pay so much attention, you are alert and vigilant, it may happen that sooner or later you have a ‘weak moment’. It happens to the best. Then there are various steps that you can take.
It starts with collecting all communication that you have had with the fraudster. Make a file of this, with which you can support your legal position. In order to get your money back, you will need to consult these data, such as e-mails, recorded telephone conversations, letters and documents, with the police and the judicial authorities.
Always report the scam with domain name sales to the relevant authority and report it to the police. You can go to a local police station for this. Finally, you can also contact a fraud help desk. They collect all reports and warn others.
The right way
By keeping all these things in mind at such a contact moment, you prevent an unpleasant situation. The only thing a scammer tries is to stir up fear and hope that you immediately say ‘yes’ to their scam offer.
So now you finally know how to avoid domain name scams.