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Beware: ‘Domain renewal’ spam messages in active circulation

Beware of domain renewal spam emailsMisleading ‘domain renewal’ spam email sent on behalf of “Domain SEO Service Registration Corp” has been flooding the email-sphere recently.

It is a carefully crafted notice aimed at tricking domain name owners into, in fact, paying for ‘SEO’ services under a ‘domain renewal’ disguise.

The entity behind that email notice is, of course, neither a SEO, nor a domain registration company.

However, those emails do keep doing the rounds, so make sure you ignore them at all costs.

How do those spam emails look like?

To give you a clear a picture of how a spam message like this looks like, here is what an employee at ResellersPanel received this morning:

Domain renewal spam email messages

Here’s a zoomed-in look at the small-print text at the bottom of the message stating that the email is actually not a domain registration renewal notice and that it is allegedly coming from a Search Engine Optimization company based in Florida:

Spam email messages - small-print text

A quick admin scan of the email shows that the notice is coming from a hacked email through an SMTP server in China.

Also, the contained links are pointing to apparently spam sites, which feature all the warning attributes you could think of.

If you or your customers are getting those messages, make sure that you do not click on anything, including the Unsubscribe link.

Also, you should never trust emails that are asking you to “Act immediately”, to use the typical spam jargon.

As for the domain renewal procedure – we are sending you 4 domain expiration messages on behalf of LiquidNet Ltd.: 1 month before the expiration date, 2 weeks before the expiration date, on the expiration date itself, as well as 15 days after the expiration date. Plus, we also post a special renewal reminder in your Control Panel.

How to protect your details from spammers?

How do spammers get to know your email address and personal details? Well, as soon as you register a domain name somewhere, your personal details become publicly available, which means that anyone who performs a simple Whois lookup can see them.

The most spam-proof way to make your details publicly inaccessible is to resort to a Whois protection service.

This feature can be added either at the time of registration or afterwards.

NOTE: The Whois protection service is available with all common gTLDs, as well as with a few ccTLDs. Check out which TLDs support the Whois privacy feature.


Originally published Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 3:59 pm, updated March 5, 2015 and is filed under Domain Names.

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