More and more of our clients are receiving emails telling them that their domain name has been claimed and going to explain that although someone has asked to purchase it, they have decided to get in touch with you and offer you first refusal on purchasing it. The email uses scare tactics to make you think that its important, even vital for you to purchase the domain name from them to protect your business.
This is the typical text emailed out to victims:
We have received a request for the registration of the website www.onestepdesign.info Our system shows that you are the owner of www.onestepdesign.co.uk. This can have far-reaching consequences for you in the future. We are therefore under the statutory obligation to contact you, in order to offer you the first right of registration. This means that we will reject the application of the third party and the website.’
They then go on to explain the cost involved which is normally around £250-£300 to secure the domain, this is normally something that would cost you around £30 should you actually want to purchase the domain, however this is the problem as there are so many domain extensions available today, all they have to to is lookup your existing domain (which you already own), then look for one of the other extensions before trying to sell you one of them … For example, you we own www.onestepdesign.co.uk and i have no interest in owning the www.onestepdesign.info one meaning that is available for someone else to buy, this is where they try and sell it to me at hugely inflated prices.
Most people have heard of .co.uk and .com domains but it’s also worth looking for the .uk version as they are gaining popularity in the UK, however what most people don’t know is all of the many others that are available and often left unused, such as .info, .online, .net, .store, .org, .org.uk, .tech, .uk.com, .co, .app, .email, .design, .biz, .me.uk, .me, .ie, .london, .wales, .xyz, .net, .uk.net, .mobi … the list goes on and on.
To date we have had three clients who have been scared and scammed in to buying domain names that they don’t need and paying way over the odds for them. If you receive one of these emails and either want advice please get in touch, don’t get scammed!