Did you ever get a bill for a subscription you do not have anymore or maybe never had? It used to drive me crazy when I would get an invoice in the mail for a magazine subscription that I did not renew or never even signed up for. This type of manipulative marketing is what the publishing companies would and still use to trick you into either renewing or starting a subscription with them. This sort of manipulation has been adopted over the years by a handful of Domain Registrars. They send out fake invoices that suggest your domain is about to expire unless you pay them. This is called “Domain Slamming” and if you fall for it, you could lose control of your domain. This isn’t something new but in the past few weeks I have gotten multiple emails from clients asking if they should pay these types of invoices. I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder to everyone to be cognizant of these, and don’t get slammed!

Be Prepared!

Know who your domains are registered with. The easiest way to do this is go to a legitimate registrar like Network Solutions and enter your domain in their Whois Search Engine. Here you will find several key pieces of information you should always know about your domain: The current registrar, current registrant of the domain and their contact information (Make sure this is up to date: correct name and email address is extremely important) and the date your domain registration will expire. If the name in the Current Registrar does not match the invoice you got it's probably a scam. If in doubt contact your web developer's support team and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

By Alisa Holmes, Sales Consultant