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Beware of Domain Related Cons

Posted by Calico UK - 15:03 on 21 January 2019

We often see unscrupulous companies trying to make money by fooling our customers into doing business with them. These usually take one of two forms - either they email our customers to tell them that their domain needs renewing and gives them directions on how to renew it (with them instead of us), or they try to sell them Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services but dress the email up to make it look at first glance that it's the domain that being renewed.

Here's an example of the sorts of emails we've seen:

Example of a domain con email

To clarify how we work - we will renew your domain unless you tell us not to. It's that simple. So you should never get a message from us saying that you need to pay us or we won't renew the domain. We will certainly send you an invoice in advance each time your domain is due to be renewed, but we never say you need to pay or we won't renew.

Secondly, we always clearly identify ourselves in our emails, either as, or occasionally as individuals. If you can't see clearly that that the email is from us, then it's not from us.

Thirdly, although based in Scotland our English is usually pretty good, so if you receive a badly worded email then it's probably not from us! If you're ever unsure, remember you can always check with our helpdesk to verify. 

Your Comments

Comment by Tom at 13:13 on 27 January 2019.
Is there a way of bouncing back their emails so as to crash their systems? We can invent a virus that targets these emails sends back bogus info, but viruses are bad news, always some one on the web will reconfigure the virus just to prove to the world they are complete twats.
Comment by Calico UK at 14:30 on 01 February 2019.
Unfortunately they'll be using faked/spoofed emails, so if things were returned they wouldn't see them anyway. We just need to educate people not to fall for the scams - if there's no market, they might stop doing it.
Comment by Paul Crowe at 10:08 on 21 February 2019.
Hi guys, I received one of these this morning were being a suspicious kind of guy, decided to check out the domain through your website. It was only as I was doing a domain search that I noticed your News item. If this scam is fashionable at the moment, maybe you want to give the News items a slightly higher profile. However, the advice was well received. See you, Paul
Comment by Calico UK at 16:11 on 28 February 2019.
Hi Paul, yes, we've also sent the message via our social media pages and our newsletter.

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