Phishing e-mails addressed to domain owners

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Often disturbed customers, who received ominuos e-mails concerning their domains registered with deLink, ask us for advice.

  • someone wants to register my domain and my “Internet Keyword” what shall I do?
  • someone sent an urgent payment reminder for my domain, have I got to pay?

When you receive e-mails of this kind, please be very cautious! Of course deLink will remind you before your domain expires and tell you whether you have to renew it manually or whether it will be renewd automatically (which is the default method). But there are some very typical methods used to drag the money out of the pockets of domain owners.

spam_delinkVery popular: You get an e-mail – allegedly from an internet provider, in most cases from China, but from Hongkong or Switzerland somtimes, too. You are informed that a company, which is totally unknown to you, has requested registration of your domain or your “Internet Keyword”. But it was detected that this request collides with your interest. You should answer asap regading this issue.

What does that mean? First of all the story about an alien company requesting your domain is completely fictional in most cases. And there is no such thing as an “Internet Keyword” which could be taken from your. The intention is to put you under pressure!

What is the purpose? The sender tries to induce you to register additional domains with different endings and – under pressure – pay exorbitant prices and accept incredible conditions. We have witnessed cases where a customer had to pay several thousand US dollars for just three domains. As soon as you have signed an order fax it will be extremely difficult to escape that trap!

What if you do not react? According to our experience – nothing at all. (If you really want to register the domains which were offered, you can do so via your preferred provider – at normal prices and conditions.)

 

Serach Engine Submission OfferAnother method method suggest that a domain fee has to be paid – urgently. If you look closer you will find that the payment asked for is not for a domain renewal, but for a search engine submission. The letter is just an offer, not an invoice, though it looks very much like a domain renewal invoice.

Very suggestive is a line e.g. WWW.DELINK.INFO will expire on DECEMBER 03,2013 – Act today!

But it is only the search engine offer, which will expire – not your domain!