As someone that manages multiple domains for my employer I get these Emails from Domain SEO Service Registration Corp on a regular basis. The Emails give the impression that you are renewing your domain name; but if you read a little closer, you’ll see it’s for SEO services, not domain renewal.
Clearly this company trawls the Whois database for non-private registration information and then spam the contact Email address. The subject line says “[your domain name] Expiration”, this is what gives the impression that it’s time to renew your domain(s), clearly hoping you’ll pay the $64 without realizing.
Domain SEO Service are technically doing nothing illegal; the message tells you exactly what the service is; but only if you read carefully and fully. I knew that it was a scam as this is not the company I register our domains with and the cost is five times more expensive than our regular domain renewal fees.
The thing that makes me think it’s a scam; other than the misleading text is the following;
“Failure to complete your [your domain name] domain name submission search engine optimization service may make it difficult for customers to find you online.” and “Non-completion of your domain name search engine optimization service submission by given expiration date for [your domain name], may result in the cancelling of this search engine optimization notification offer”
I don’t know if this company actually provide the service they advertise; so I won’t comment on this.
Domain SEO Service Registration Corp claim to be located at 1000 5th St, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139; and have a phone number, (954) 320-4679 listed on their website, http://www.dorvice.org.
For all I know, Domain SEO Services Registration Corp could be a legit company; however their methods of marketing would suggest otherwise to me. They even sent postal mail to my employers business address; thankfully the company Chief Financial Officer called me before simply paying the invoice.
You can ignore the expiration date shown; I get these Emails 3 – 4 times a year for each of our domains. These solicitations use scare tactics to make you click on the link and submit your credit card details.
Just out of interest; I clicked the link from the Email, then clicked on the payment link on the site for one year and the payment input page is not secured by SSL; this in itself is a massive red flag as all your payment information will be sent in plain text; which means it can be hacked and stolen.
Below is the actual message I received so you know what to look out for…
PS: The domain shown in the Email screenshot above is a personal domain that I let expire.