Rising Domain Scams: Navigating the Risky Waters with a Trusted Hosting Ally
Domain Frauds on the Rise
Over the past month, we have seen a rise in the number of physical letters and spam emails received in our office and clients as well. All of these letters address one thing—domain registration.
The scam works like this. Within a few months of your domain expiring, you receive a letter/email advising that it is time to renew your domain. The letter will have details about renewing the domain and, of course, a way to make payment.
The problem of changing the name registrar to the wrong company is much bigger than just the money involved. We see cases of the scam registrars changing the email addresses for billing, technical, and ownership to one they control. This way, when the domain expires in a year, they can retain ownership and hold the business hostage to either an inflated price or put the domain up for auction.
How to identify predatory domain registration scams:
- The issuing business name is not a name that you know you have done business with in the past;
- The letter has a presorted postmark. Your legitimate registrar would never do this;
- The letter indicates it is not a bill, and you are only obligated to pay if you complete the signup form and go so far as to fill out your credit card information on the paper form (If you ignore the letter, nothing will happen with your domain, which indicates this is a solicitation);
- An exorbitant price for domain renewals; question anything over $15.00;
- A domain renewal should not include an upsell to services or to purchase additional domains, as they have nothing to do with the renewal.
How You Can Protect Yourself
Understand that your web presence is made up of two parts.
Domain name: The domain name is what identifies your website to the public.
Hosting: The hosting company has a computer connected to the internet. Your hosting is simply a folder on this computer where your website is stored and made available to the public.
The domain name and hosting maybe with one or more companies. For example, Godaddy is both a registrar and a host.
One measure of protection is to verify that the information about your domain is accurate.
Sometimes, a former employee, your web designer, or another party set up the domain. Now is an excellent time to check if you own yours. It is very easy to do.
Go to the whois lookup page provided by ICANN, a non-profit organization that compiles domain information. Enter your domain name. This will show you the registrant, admin, and technical contacts.
The registrar is the company where your domain is registered. You should have the user/password for any necessary changes, including changing hosting companies.
There are a number of companies doing this scam. If you or a friend receive a letter or an email that makes you question the legitimacy of a renewal, please forward this to them or invite them to contact us to help prevent them from making a costly mistake.
Empowering Small Businesses: Protection from Fraudulent Threats
In the dynamic digital world, particularly for small enterprises, the importance of a secure and reliable digital presence cannot be overstated. With the rise of new domain scams, small businesses must safeguard their online assets, including their websites and domain names. This necessity highlights the critical role of web hosting for small businesses. This service offers a platform for your online presence and ensures the security and integrity of your digital identity.
To protect your website from domain scams, it’s essential to be vigilant and informed. Always verify the authenticity of any communication regarding your domain. Be wary of unsolicited offers or urgent requests related to your domain registration. Use trusted and secure services for domain registration and web hosting, as they are your first defense against scams. Regularly update your domain registration information and opt for privacy protection services to hide your details from public view.
Moreover, partnering with a reliable web hosting provider can significantly reduce the risk of falling prey to these scams. A good provider will offer regular backups, robust security protocols, and alerts for any suspicious activity related to your domain. They can also guide you through the process of domain registration, ensuring that your domain is correctly and securely registered.
For small businesses venturing into the digital space, choosing the right web hosting service is critical. It’s not just about having a website; it’s about ensuring your digital identity is secure and your online presence sturdy. If you want a partner to help navigate these waters, consider contacting Kenekt Digital. We specialize in domain registration, web hosting, and a plethora of digital marketing solutions designed to cater to the unique needs of small businesses. Contact Kenekt Digital today, and let us help secure your digital future. Together, we can create a safe, secure, and successful online presence for your business.
Call us at (480) 626-4807 and visit our website: Kenekt Digital | Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing