Even though it is Christmas, there are no signs that there are less frauds on the internet. As my experience is in the field of domain names I am following lures in this field extensively. Below I have listed the five typical domain name lures that you should be aware of.
TOP 5 DOMAIN NAME LURES
5th Place: Chinese Sales Letters
This is a golden oldie. Especially Asian domain registrars and their resellers have a standard email template to make you buy domain names. Apparently they have received a request from someone who wants to register the domain names which coincide with your brand name. However they are so kind to make you aware of this, so you can register the domain names instead with them:
4th Place: Domain name registrar transfer lure
You receive an email from an unknown domain registrar requesting you to click a link in order to transfer your domain to use their service instead of your current registrar’s. This is a practice especially performed by low cost/service resellers with ethics standards similarly low.
3rd place: Domain registrant transfer via PayPal
If you are selling a domain name to someone else, do not let them pay via PayPal. Here is what could happen: The buyer makes the payment, you hand them the AUTH code to the domain and they transfer it. When transferred they object to the payment or PayPal cancels the payment, as they have used an unauthorized credit card. So the payment is cancelled, but you will not get back the domain name. Use Escrow instead if you sell a domain name.
2nd place: Phishing emails
Phishing attacks are by far the largest fraud challenge on the Internet, and the domain name is an integral part of this lure. Criminals will use an email address which is similar to the one of your bank, credit card provider or other financial entity. They will then email you to request to click a link to update your credit card details. As a customer you should of course be aware of this. If your company is in the area of financial services, you have an obligation to protect your customers. Register the most obvious domain names, and monitor if someone else is registering domain names close to your brand name. No matter if you sell financial services, books or lollipops, it is always a good idea to monitor your brand on the internet.
1st place: Fake Domain Renewal invoices
Fake domain name renewal invoices take the first place, as December/January usually is the time to receive these – and they work like a charm. Small amounts which can easily go under the radar in any large organisation + In the public databases scammers can see which domain names are registered by you, when they expire and even if you use several registrars / contact persons to manage them = Possible internal confusion.
I hope this Top 5 Domain Name lures will save you blood, sweat and tears. Please share it with your colleagues. There is no doubt that fraud is on the rise, and it is becoming more sophisticated, as we saw recently with the domain name hijackings of hundreds of.ro and.pk domains.
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