FAQ: I received a notice from Domain Registry of America to renew my domain. Is this legitimate?
  • I received a notice from Domain Registry of America to renew my domain. Is this legitimate?






    Q: I received a notice from Domain Registry of America to renew my domain. Is this legitimate?
    I received a notice from Domain Registry of America to renew my domain. Is this legitimate? I thought my domain was registered through your company.

    A: If you registered your domain through our registrar, we will automatically renew the domain for you on a yearly basis.

    A domain name is included in all of our plans (except for the deprecated plan, Intro, $8 monthly).

    Domain Registry of America is a company that is notorious for domain slamming - a deceptive practice and a scam. Another scammer is Internet Domain Services - IDND.

    Please disregard their email.

    You can read about domain slamming here:
    http://www.respondhost.com/domaininfo/domainslamming.htm
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    As of 7/23/2014, ICANN has suspended Brandon Gray Internet Services (DBA Namejuice), the company behind the Domain Registry of America, from registering names until Oct. 17, 2014. For the past 10 years, the company has been sending misleading letters to trick users into renewing their domains with the DROA instead of renewing with the company where they bought it from, usually for a much higher fee.

    from: http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/icann-suspends-brandon-gray-internet-services-demands-stop-sending-deceptive-marketing-materials
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    The following info is from:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Registry_of_America

    In 2003, the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with the company for practices such as transferring domain registrations to their service under the guise of domain renewal, a practice known as domain slamming, and having hidden fees. Despite this action, the company still sends mass direct mail to consumers resembling invoices with "domain name expiration notice" in bold print. Targets for the company's mass mailings are known to be in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States with information obtained in violation of their ICANN registrar agreement.

    As of March 2010, McAfee Labs reports the domain slamming solicitations continue.

    More info on wikipedia about Domain name scams:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_name_scams

    Also see:
    I received a notice from Internet Domain Services to renew my domain. Is this legitimate?
    http://faso.com/kb/?id=431


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