Originally published June 2012:
Netregistry would like to warn domain registrants regarding another Email based domain name renewal scam.
We were notified of a new scammer flooding registrants of gTLD domains using the publicly available domain WHOIS services to locate contact information for operation of the scam.
In this instance, the notification received by the registrant of a domain claims Registration Expiry, listing the domain name of the registrant. If the recipient reads carefully, the message mentions that the registration expiry notice is for “Search Engine Submission” services. However the recipients did not subscribe to this service in the first place, which means that the message merely appears as a “Domain Registration Renewal notice”, aimed at fooling the recipient to pay it as a means of extending their domain registration license.
Customers should ignore these emails and always check WHOIS to confirm their domain registrar whenever they're unsure of the current domain name status.
If you are concerned about your WHOIS information listing your personal contact details (allowing everyone, including scammers, to contact you directly), we recommend that you consider enabling Domain Privacy for your registrations. For full details on Domain Privacy, please review the Domain Privacy article.
A screenshot of an example of this email scam: