When I got this domain service notice e-mail today at first I thought it was legitimate just by reading the subject note as a lot of domain registrars title the e-mail subject in a similar manner when your domains are expiring and require a renewal. However, upon opening I immediately knew it wasn’t. It was super easy for me to tell once I opened it as the domain they listed in question doesn’t expire until about another decade. Upon reading it the message seemed to revolve around trying to scare people that if you don’t register for it that people may have a harder time finding your site on search engines. This is the e-mail I got:
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Subject: Domain Notification ALAN YU This is your Final Notice of Domain
From: Domain Services
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:44:07 -0500
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Attention: Important Notice
DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Complete and return by fax to:
4510 W. 190th St.
Suite # 54773
Torrance, CA 90602
United States of America
ATT: ALAN YU
Search Engine Submission
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: ALAN YU
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for:
will expire on January 16,2012 Act today!
DETAIL OF SERVICE: ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION FOR DOMAIN NAME
Detail of Service:
Reply by Date:
For Domain Name:
Select Term Your Existing Domain Period Covered Price
[ ] 1 year 01/16/2012 – 01/16/2013 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 01/16/2012 – 01/16/2014 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 01/16/2012 – 01/16/2017 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 01/16/2012 – 01/16/2022 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer – Best value! Lifetime $499.00
Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes.
Full Name: ALAN YU Email:
Email 2: ____________________
Want to receive this notification for other domains you own? simply list them below:
Today’s Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________
Payment by Credit Card
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN BY FAX: 1-310-579-8655
(Please do not include your credit card number on this form just fill the information above and fax it to us, once we receive your fax we will send you instructions on how to make a payment by credit card)
By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line only put remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited. * 100% satisfaction guaranteed, you may request a refund within 30 days.
One interesting thing is how they mention at times that this is a “solicitation” within this e-mail. It makes me wonder if that would even legally protect them if someone was to just assume this was legitimate and simply pulled the trigger and paid them money. I can easily see how many would fall into that category as well. Watch your wallets everyone.