Apparently my domain is going to just drop off the domain name search engines, unless I send this spammer $75.00. This is among some of the latest deceptive emails that I have been receiving lately. On first glance, this letter looks similar to those you might get when your domain is about to expired with your domain registrar. But in reality, this “company” is trying to sell you Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In my personal experience,gaining rank on the major search engines requires mounds of cash to be effective. You could also just create great content or post controversial topics and gain rank as well. The more users looking up your domain, the higher your rank will be.
For the record, my domain names will never just stop being listed, they will appear just as they are currently, Â since I don’t use any of the “popular” rank gaming techniques, or pay for listing preference in order to gain a higher rank in the search engines.
When looking at these type of emails, here is how I usually break them down:
- Look at the email headers to dig out the origin of the email, this particular one was served out byÂ ffxivgatherer.com.
- Â Go to this website using wget or curl (don’t use a browser, unless you like cleaning up viruses or spyware).Â Turns out this host active but not hosting any content or providing any information about the company or services they are trying to “sell” you.
- The company claims to be located in New York, but looking up their number,Â 775-349-7002, it is actually located in Austin Nevada.
- The server that originated the email,Â 22.214.171.124, is hosted onÂ Host4Geeks LLC in Walnut CA.
Based on the information found in just a couple of minutes, I have seen more than a couple of red flags. A legitimate company, especially one that offers SEO services, would put their website in their email where you could get more information about them and the services they offer.
Doing a reverse lookup on the phone number, apparently these guys have really pissed someone off:
Having just recently dealt with domain theft, I’m particularly sensitive these days about my domains and the correspondence I receive about them. In this case, I zipped off an email to the hosting provider where this email originated, and let their sales department know that emails coming from their hosted services could badly affect their reputation.
If you own any domain names, a good measure is to go ahead and pay the private registration fees. These types of scammers will not be able to dig out any email address you may have used during the registration process. Apparently, these guys are working off an old list, as all of the domains I own are listed privately,
We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.
From: Internet Services <email@example.com>
Subject: Domain Alert: ****** *********** This is your Final Reminder of Domain – ROGERS-RANCH.ORG
Date: April 14, 2018 at 10:59:00 PM CDT
Attention: Important, DOMAIN SERVICE
Domain Name: ROGERS-RANCH.ORG
ATT: Domain Owner MARK ROGERS
##### *************** – – ************* – ** – #####
Requested Reply Before
April 16, 2018
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: Domain Owner ***** *************
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration.
This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this proposal making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission.
You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this proposal. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine registration so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.ROGERS-RANCH.ORG will be terminated on April 16, 2018 Act today!
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