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Old 07-12-2013, 03:34 AM THREAD STARTER               #1 (permalink)
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Caution DS "Domain Services" - telefax scammers


Hi,

I've read about this scam on a domaining blog recently and today I also received a "solicitation" from DS, as they call themselves.

The email is designed to look like a renewal reminder from a registrar, but is in reality an attempt to make you pay a ridiculously high annual fee for manual search engine submission - and they require a response by telefax, you know, that good old 80s communication means?

The threat is that unless you heed their socalled "Final Notice" (deadline two days ago to apply some pressure) to pay up, it will be difficult to find you on the web... What is more, you can pay a 10-year fee to be manually submitted to search engines every year! (Because as we all know, on New Year's Eve Google, Yahoo and Bing delete all their records of websites and forget all about them unless people submit their sites over again - not...).

They also take care to inform you that disclosing the information in the mail is strictly prohibited. Prohibited on what legal basis?

All right, then, enough talk, here it is:

Originally Posted by DS
Attention: Important Notice
DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

Complete and return by fax to:
1-212-913-9846


ATT: -
ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT

[My company's address from the WHOIS records]

Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above Domain Name:

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Search Engine Submission

Requested Reply
JULY 10,2013


PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION


Attn: -
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.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx will expire on JULY 10,2013 Act today!

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DETAIL OF SERVICE: ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION FOR DOMAIN NAME WWW.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Detail of Service:
SEARCH SUBMISSIONS

Reply by Date:
07/10/2013

For Domain Name:
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Select Term Your Existing Domain Period Covered Price

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
[ ] 1 year 07/10/2013 - 07/10/2014 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 07/10/2013 - 07/10/2015 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 07/10/2013 - 07/10/2018 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 07/10/2013 - 07/10/2023 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer - Best value! Lifetime $499.00



Full Name: - Email: [email protected]

Email 2: ____________________

Phone: _____________________
Want to receive this notification for other domains you own? simply list them below:

_____________________ _____________________

_____________________ _____________________
Today's Date: _____________________ Signature: _____________________


Payment by Credit Card
Select the term and complete the form above, then return by fax: 1-212-913-9846 (do not include your credit card details on this form, just fill the information above and fax it to us, once we receive your fax we will send you instructions on how to make a payment by credit card, also make sure you provide us with your contact phone number above)




XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX



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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 Go to http://jiffytext.com/url/ 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. * 100% satisfaction guaranteed, you may request a refund within 30 days.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yea, these have been around for years. Different names.
They come in snail mail too.

Peace,
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