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Domain Name Scams

Scams relating to website domain names involve fraudsters offering businesses first refusal on a domain name, claiming that another business is just about to buy it.

The targeted business receives a communication from an 'organisation' claiming to be a domain registration agency. It may either be in the form of an email asking for a response confirming that the business has authorised registration, or a telephone call, often adding that the business has just minutes to accept the offer.

The fraudster will then try to pressurise the business into paying an excessive fee for a domain name. In reality, no third party exists.

Domain name scams can also come in the form of bogus domain name renewal notices. A business might be sent a letter that looks like the renewal notice for a domain name. In fact, the notice has come from a different company from the one the business has previously registered the domain name with.

 

If you think you have been a victim of fraud: 

Report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visitng www.actionfraud.police.uk

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See also...

 

Business Fraud
Spot and prevent the kinds of fraud that could affect your business. 

Spam and Scam Emails
A few simple rules about dealing with spam and scam emails.

Protect Your Website
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