DS 3501 – Spam Phishing Search Engine Registration Scam
Beware this email that attempts to trick you into paying another company for your domain renewal or Search Engine Marketing. Here is an example of what the email looks like: (I have replaced your actual domain with YOURDOMAIN.COM and personal name with MR JOHN SMITH)
Subject: Domain Notification: MR JOHN SMITH This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing
Complete and return by fax to:
ATT: MR JOHN SMITH
YOUR COMPANY NAME.
Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: MR JOHN SMITH
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.YOURDOMAIN.COM will expire on JULY 16,2014 Act today!
[ ] 1 year 07/16/2014 – 07/16/2015 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 07/16/2014 – 07/16/2016 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 07/16/2014 – 07/16/2019 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 07/16/2014 – 07/16/2024 $295.00 [ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer – Best value! Lifetime $499.00
Today’s Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________
Payment by Credit Card
Select the term above, then return by fax: 1-716-242-0409
By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.
The e-mail is filled with personal information which makes you believe it could be legitimate. This is not a legitimate message from your trusted supplier.
While there are legitimate search engine optimization companies, local lead generation and other internet marketing services that will help your business succeed, all of these types of mass solicited marketing offers are total trash.
Anyone that is soliciting you blindly through e-mail offering these sorts of marketing services is probably trying to scam you or get you to buy something you don’t need.
Unfortunately, so many people have been burned by unscrupulous outfits offering marketing scams like this one that they hesitant to purchase from legitimate internet marketing companies that can actually help your business and not just rip you off.