Update: December 2013: Original article posted October 2009, however we received reports in 2013 referring to the same renewal scam still ongoing.
Update: January 2013: Original article posted October 2009, however we received reports in 2012 referring to the same renewal scam still ongoing.
Update: March 2010: Please note, this article is still up to date and we continue to receive notifications regarding letters being sent to registrants of the below nature. We recommend our Resellers to post a similar notice on their websites to prevent their end users from being scammed by this group.
Netregistry was recently made aware of the latest domain renewal scam which is coming to registrants postal addresses from a "Domain Renewal Group" company in the US.
The letter, sent to registrants appears as a legitimate renewal reminder notification, which registrants often don't read properly and pay blindly, causes website and email downtime when the domain is not renewed as per the notice.
This is a fairly standard renewal scam, where the perpetrator had illegally searched and harvested the publicly available Whois database of the .com Registry and used the information to contact the registrants in the hope that they will pay without reading the notice.
Please be aware that the notice requests renewal and authorisation to transfer the domain registration away from your current Registrar (e.g. Netregistry) to Domain Renewal Group. However, there is no information or fields for transferring the domain registration with this notice. Therefore this company is collecting registrant's funds without the ability to process the renewal.
For a copy of what the notice looks like, please click here.