The letter or email looks official. The popup on your screen uses excellent English, recognized terminology and well known industry names–yet they are scams. I was recently the victim of one (read How to Minimize the Risk of Identity Theft) and I am still stunned (!) that I fell for it. The reason I fell for it is that scammers have become very sophisticated.
This is but one example that’s been making the rounds for years because it works. It comes in many forms and looks very official. This letter is meant to be confusing and make you concerned by claiming your domain is expiring and you need to “act now” and of course, this company will take care of it for you. If you fall for this – the iDNS domain registrar scammer will transfer your domain name, collect your credit card information, and then lock you into spending additional money for various services.
How do they get this information? Your domain information is collected easily using WHOIS.com, which contains your personal domain registration information. You can protect yourself from these types of letters by adding privacy to your domain names through your hosting service.
If you get a letter like this contact your hosting service or your domain registrar (if you know it). This one reason I always suggest you register your domain with your hosting service. If your domain is registered with your host, they will know your domain expiration dates and will contact you if necessary.