Got a dodgy letter from an unknown company called “Domain Registry of America” about one of my domain names.
With the usual scare tactics to trick me into giving them money:
“Your registration for – will expire on June 27, 2008. Act today! … You must renew … Failure to renew your domain name by the expiration date may result in loss of your online identity…”
Payment is requested by February 2008 – four months before the expiry date. And they offer 1, 2 or five years registrations. These clearly go against AUDA’s policies:
3. DOMAIN NAME RENEWAL
3.1 The domain name licence period is fixed at 2 years. This means that when a domain name is registered or renewed, it has a fixed expiry date 2 years from the date of registration of renewal. For example, if a domain name is registered or renewed on 1 January 2007, the expiry date is 1 January 2009.
3.2 Domain names may be renewed a maximum of 90 calendar days before the expiry date, and 30 calendar days after the expiry date (see section 4 below).
A quick look on Google seems to say this is a scam, and the company appears to be known for it around the world.
Their return address for Australia is:
Domain Registry of America
189 Queen St, Suite 209
Melbourne 3000 Australia
They gave a US phone number: 1 905 479 2533
And the letter was on Letter-sized paper, not the standard A4.