Allegedly, Ronald Robert Scott of Utah has swindled individuals and companies out $1.8 million or more by sending out fake renewal notices via US mail. Thousands of domain owners received renewal notices in the mail for domains they actually owned and sent in payment to companies Scott created thinking they were paying for renewal fee. In most cases these parties paid out of fear of losing the domain name which they need for their companies websites.
I have personally received dozens of these types of emails. The DomainNameUSA.net company rings very familiar, I know I have tossed many of their letters into the recycle bin at the post office without bothering to open them. Bad thing is I didn’t know when I was receiving these letters that this was a pure scam, I originally thought it was a sneaky way for a registrar grow a customer base of overpaying customers. Since I never considered sending in a renewal fee to one of the weasel companies I never did any further research on any of them.
$1.8 million is a lot of money though, I can’t believe that for a couple years this guy had tens of thousands of payments coming in from thin air by simply using the USPS and simple whois lookup. It’s sad people still waste their time thinking of schemes like this instead of something worthwhile that will make money over time.
While we are on this note… Beware people! Everyday there are more and more scam alerts and stolen domains popping up.. take precaution with your portfolios and use your head when managing your portfolios and sensitive information.
News Source (SLTrib.com)