- Keep your domain records and account and billing information up to date
- Make sure your domains are renewed every year
- Ask your registrar to talk to you before permitting changes
- Don’t be Fooled! Domain Registry of Canada Scam
A company called “Domain Registry of Canada” sends mass volumes of postal mail right to domain owners. The letters are engineered to appear like the Domain Registry of Canada is some type of official government organization or is somehow related to the Canadian Internet Registration Authoritty ( CIRA ). Beware! The letter from Domain Registry of Canada is nothing more than a trick.
Domain Registry of Canada Scam Envelope Be looking out for their fraudulent letters. If you are a domain owner, likelihood is you have recently received one or more of these. At some specific point, Domain Registry of Canada will send you one if you own a domain. The letters are sent in a brown windowed envelope similar to official executive type letters. The company uses an official Canada Post branded postage stamp. The letter itself is intended to appear like a bill and urges the domain owner to renew their domain straight away, like neglecting to comply will lead you to loose your domain.
The Domain Registry of Canada ( DROC ) has been running the same trick for over a decade. They have used numerous company names such as “Internet Registry of Canada”, “Domain Registry of America”, “Domain Renewal Group”, “Domain Registry of Europe”, “NameJuice”, “Brandon Gray Internet Services”, or “DROC”. But in any case they mostly use the same technique to fool domain owners into transferring their domain away.
How do they do it? To get your mailing address, DROC extracts the main points of your domain name registration record from the publicly available whois database. This practice, known as ‘whois data mining ‘, is firmly against the details of utilisation of the whois service. The whois information contains the mailing address of the domain name owner. When they have the information, they simply send the false letter and wait for the domain owner to take the bait. Their target is to trick anyone who owns a domain into transferring that domain to DROC. They ask you to send your payment information and email address in the enclosed envelope.
The company has received many complaints from customers who were mislead into sending their money.