There are 2 Domain Name Scams going around at the present time.
Scam 1/ Domain Name Over Pricing Invoicing
For many years there has been Domain Name Scams that involved people being invoiced for over priced domain names that not really required.
An example would be a Tax Invoice coming from a Domain Registry Company that a client has never dealt with before. The Tax Invoice looks like it is due however the domain name registration is normally the non required it is normally a .net, .biz or .com domain for $249 each for a year.
The normal retail rate for registration of a .com.au domain is $149.99 including GST for a period of 2 years (price from Melbourne IT the original Domain Registry). Note that there are discounted domain names resold by other re-sellers however be careful as there are normally other charges that need to be paid to delegate or forward a domain name.
Scam 2/ Domain Name Search Engine Listing
More recently if you are the registered contact for a domain name you probably get emails from Domain Services.
“we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web”
The amount they are trying to con you for is normally
- 1 year – $75.00
- 2 year – $119.00
- 5 year – $199.00
- 10 year – $295.00
- Lifetime – Best value! Lifetime $499.00
Ha! Ha! Ha! please don’t get court by these cons. If you have a question, not sure, call or email us for free advice.
Fact about Domain Name & Search Engine Listing
Your web developer normally lists your domain name with Google through their Web Master Tools when a website is devolved for a new domain. It only needs to be listed once if the website is set up properly and regular, fresh content is being uploaded to the website so the search engine crawlers can keep indexing your website.