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.