If you are a domain name owner, you’ll be used to receiving your domain name renewal via email once every year or two. There are several dodgy people out there who use this to try and trick you into paying them money for…..well…..practically nothing.

Today I received an email with the subject line “Notice of Domain Expiration”. Naturally as a domain owner (of several domains) I opened it. It contained a very official looking email which seemed to be about renewing one of our domains….I was immediately suspicious because it wasn’t from any of the domain name registrars that we use.

Upon further inspection I found that they were trying to charge me $75 for the following:

Registration includes SE submission for YOURDOMAIN.COM for 12 months. There is no obligation to pay for this order unless you complete your payment by Jul 18, 2012. SE Services provides submission services and search engine ranking organization for domain owners. This offer for submission services is not required to renew your domain registration.

Huh! $75 for search engine submission? You’ve got to be kidding…..first of all it’s totally unnecessary, search engine submission is a thing of the past and what’s more in a lot of cases it’s FREE to do if you want to.

So, if you receive anything like this, be sure to TRIPLE check before handing over your money. There are 3 ways to safeguard against this type of thing:

  1. Set your domain name to auto renew on your credit card
  2. When registering your domain, make note of the date and put the expiry date as a reminder in your calendar.
  3. Print out your domain name registration information and keep it in an easy to remember file for easy reference.

If you are worried and unsure, shoot us an email and we’ll check it out for you.