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It seems like the last few days I have been getting quite a few of these emails. I get them for not only my domains but also for my office domains (which I'm the webmaster for).

Screen shot of one of the many emails:

First of all these are totally bogus. If you own the domain be it .com , .net , .org and in my case also .us then other countries can not simply add thier country code to your domain name and sell it. You own that domain it is yours.

Example say I own abc123.com they can not turn around and add .cn (for China) at the end making it abc123.com.cn well they can not sell that, it wont work. Now they tell you they can only so pocket some money from you and possible also get you to transfer your domain to them which you really don't want to do. If your worried then I suggest that you call whoever you have your domain registered though (like GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar or whoever) and check with them.

You can also call your domain registrar and have your domains marked private however .us ones can not be marked private (which I'm sure is how they are reaching me).

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Re: GoDaddy Scam

I got a scam email not long ago too, but from scammers pretending to be GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar. They got my contact email address the same way; by doing a domain name lookup / whois. It's very convincing to the untrained eye, all the scammers did was copy a real GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar email order confirmation, and then alter the charges and the links. Here's a screenshot of the one I received (I highlighted the part that is designed to scare people into falling for the trap):

Godaddy scam email fake charges phishing

When you first get it, it looks like an Official GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar order confirmation notice, and you'll most likely have a minor heart attack, and wonder where this suddenly came from, and most likely assume that GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar accidentally charged you.

The first thing to do is never click any of the links in the email! Type GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar.com into your web browser by hand, login to your account and see if the charges are really there. You'll see that they aren't, and you can rest easy, just delete the email. Although if you're very anti-scam, it'd be a nice extra step to report this email to as many anti-scam websites as you can or want.

Also, another way to tell right away if it's a scam is to hover your mouse cursor over the links in the email, and look at the status bar of whichever program you use to view email, most of them will show the URL the link goes to: some of the links may still actually go to the real site, this is designed to make you feel at ease if you happen to do this, but the main ones designed to get your money will not point to GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar. In mine above, they all pointed to: http://dextersss-com-ua.1xx.xx/zzx.htm (I changed certain letters to x's there). Clearly not a real GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar order confirmation!

Heart attack averted!


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Re: GoDaddy Scam

WOW that does look close to the GoDaddyGoDaddy Domain Registrar emails too. In the past week I have gotten 5, 2 which came today but all of mine said they were from a Asian country. Gotta love scammers!

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Re: Domain Name Scam...Beware!

At least now scammers have learnt how to use images for bypassing email filters. Much smarter than the guys who make viruses. God bless 'em :wink:

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Re: Domain Name Scam...Beware!
Anonymous wrote:

At least now scammers have learnt how to use images for bypassing email filters. Much smarter than the guys who make viruses. God bless 'em :wink:

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