Domain Services Renewal SCAM

—This is a spam scam sent for domain renewal
Jenny Marsh — first posted 11/2009 (updated 02/2012)
Beware of domain renewal scams that email out "reminders" for the renewal of domains that you own, but which in fact are scams that will charge you up to 7 or 8 times normal renewal prices.

DOMAIN SERVICES is a company that send out spam to domain owners, probably using illegally harvested domain contact info from whois records, which tries to trick recipients into renewing their domain names at exorbitant prices, and probably involving a transfer to a new domain register.

In this case, the sender leave only a snail-mail address which you can see below — no email except a temporary hotmail address and no website. These guys are trying to keep a very low profile.

What is so annoying about this sort of scam is that it is not illegal — Domain Services are not doing anything technically wrong as they give full notice of the prices that they are offering. That said, in their latest emails they are stating -

This Notice for: WWW.XXXXXXXX.COM will expire on February XX, 2012 Act today!

and this was for a domain that actually expires in 2018!! The wording is ambiguous especially with the punctuation, and so we can only conclude that this is deliberate obscurification. And to that the subject line of the spam email -

Domain Notification: John Smith This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing - XXXXXXXXX.COM

and you can see that this is clearly intended to trick receivers into thinking that their domain is about to expire and needs renewing immediately (at extortionate prices).

By sending out thousands of mail-merged emails from harvested domain records, this Domain Services are likely to get a significant percentage falling for this scam.

Our advice... make sure your domains are always on auto-renew with a reputable domain website. You can also write down expiry dates in your online calendar to remind yourself to check it has successfully been renewed.

The spam email below sender address is -

support@codero.com

which implies that this renewal scam is linked with Codero (www.codero.com), a domain hosting site owned by APH Inc. in Kansas, USA. This could be a false header so we are not 100% sure of Codero's involved.

Here is a cut and past of their latest (Feb 2012) spam email:

Attention:  Important Notice

DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

Complete and return by fax to:
1 (646) 783-3687

2885 Sanford Ave SW
Suite # 19746
Grandville, MI 49418
United States of America

 ATT: John Smith
 ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT

 -
johnsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.COM

 xxxxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxx
 UK
 -

 
 WWW.XXXXXXXXXX.COM
 

Domain Name:  XXXXXXXX.COM
Search Engine Submission

Requested Reply
FEBRUARY xx,2012

PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION

Attn: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
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: WWW.XXXXXXXX.COM will expire on February XX, 2012 Act today!
 

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DETAIL OF SERVICE: ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION FOR DOMAIN NAME WWW.XXXXXXX.COM

Detail of Service:
SEARCH SUBMISSIONS

Reply by Date:
02/XX/2012

For Domain Name:
XXXXXXXXX.COM

Select Term Your Existing Domain Period Covered Price
  XXXXXXXXXX.COM    
 [  ]  1 year   02/XX/2012 - 02/XX/2013 $75.00
 [  ]  2 year   02/XX/2012 - 02/XX/2014 $119.00
 [  ]  5 year   02/XX/2012 - 02/XX/2017 $199.00
 [  ]  10 year -Most Recommended- 02/XX/2012 - 02/XX/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: John Smith  Email:    XXX@XXXXXXXXXXD.COM                           

Email 2: ____________________ 

Phone:  _____________________
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 (646) 783-3687
(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)

 


XXXXXXXXXXXX.COM

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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 unsubscribe@sesubmission.com 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.

 

Older version:

Attention:  Important Notice

DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

Complete and return by fax to:
1-646-385-7542

47-47 36th Street #16452
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States of America

 ATT: XXX XXXXXXXXX
 ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT

 XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX@XXXXXXXXX.COM

 XXXX XXXXXXXX XXXX
XXXXXXX, XXX XXX
 XX

 Phone:
XX.XXXXXXXXXX
 WWW.XXXXXXXXX.com
 

Domain Name:  XXXXXXXXX.COM
Search Engine Submission

Requested Reply
October XX,2009

PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION

Attn: XXX XXXXXXXXX
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: WWW.XXXXXXXXX.COM will expire on Xxxxxxx XX,2009 Act today!
 

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DETAIL OF SERVICE: ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION FOR DOMAIN NAME WWW.XXXXXXXXX.COM

Detail of Service:
SEARCH SUBMISSIONS

Reply by Date:
XX/XX/2009

For Domain Name:
XXXXXXXXX.COM

*100% SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK

Select Term Your Existing Domain Period Covered Price
  XXXXXXXXX.COM    
 [  ]  1 year   XX/XX/2009 - XX/XX/2010 $75.00
 [  ]  2 year   XX/XX/2009 - XX/XX/2011 $119.00
 [  ]  5 year   XX/XX/2009 - XX/XX/2014 $199.00
 [  ]  10 year -Most Recommended- XX/XX/2009 - XX/XX/2019 $295.00
 
Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes.
Full Name: XXX XXXXXXXXX                              Email: XXX@XXXXXXXXX.COM                               

Email 2:                                        

Phone: _____________________ 
Today's Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________

Option 1:
Payment by Credit Card (Recommended - Quickest way)
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN BY FAX: 1-646-385-7542

 


Option 2:
Payment by Check or Money Order
Print and mail a copy of this order form along with a check or money order to the address listed below:
 
 Domain Services

 
47-47 36th Street #16452
 Long Island City, NY 11101
 United States of America

 
 Please do not forget to include a copy of this order form along with your payment!

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By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DN 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 DN.  This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DN 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 DN send an email to wdsrv7861@operamail.com 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.