Over the past few weeks I have received emails for some of my domains which look like a domain renewal notice.
As the domains in question are not due for renewal I realised that they were clearly part of a scam. The wording of the email describes search engine submission services and does not actually mention domain renewal anywhere – it’s just cleverly worded to try and fool the recipient. The email also mentions the following.
Failure to complete your search engine registration by Apr 5, 2012 may result in the cancellation of this order (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
This is clearly a scare tactic and is utter nonsense. Submitting your website to search engines will not allow customers to find your website in search engines on their own and the chances are if your website has been online for over a month, most search engines will have found and indexed your site anyway.
As I’ve now received a few of these, I decided to do a bit of digging to find out who was sending me these emails. The first thing I found was that the domain “domannualurl.com” used in the email address redirects to “iglobalmerchantservice.com”, with a generic looking webpage for a company called iGlobal Merchant Services. A quick Google search of “iGlobal Merchant Services” brings up a host of forum posts and pages clearly showing that the company is a scam.
iGlobal Merchant Services are by no means the only scammers out there trying this trick. Be wary of similar emails from other sources and remember that when your domain renewal is due, you will receive an email from the person or company who sold you the domain in the first place.
Do not get fooled by these emails. Delete them and forget about them. I wouldn’t even attempt to click the unsubscribe link at the bottom as you could end up triggering spam attacks on your email address.