Going out to check the mail, you may find interesting letters about your website.

There are businesses sending out misleading advertisements. These advertisements look like bills. They could trick you into spending money on overpriced, unnecessary products.

Some letters inform you that your domain name needs to be renewed. Some letters try to get you to sign up to place your website in directories.

Here are some examples and what to look out for.

Examples of Misleading Letters

Below you can see some examples of misleading letters floating around. These are actual examples that we have found. Be on alert if any of these companies pop up in your mail.

iDNS Domain Name Expiration Notice

domain scamYou may receive a letter from iDNS. This letter looks like a bill to renew your domain name. It shows website domain names that you own along with expiration dates.

You may be tricked into thinking that this letter is from your real hosting company.

However, you will not be putting your money towards your real bill. Your money will go to a different company who will switch your services over to them.

This letter is actually an invitation to change providers. And it most likely costs more for you to do so.

This letter is very misleading because it looks like a bill and not a solicitation.

Domain Listings

domain scam letter

You may receive a letter from Domain Listings. This letter also looks like a bill that needs to be paid.

Domain Listings is actually a website listing service. They put your website onto directories. The letter you get will be inviting you to pay and sign up.

However, word usage and formatting can make you think that you already have this service and that this is a bill.

It is designed to trick you into paying for a service you thought was something else.

How to Not Get Scammed

Protect yourself and your website. Always read the fine print of these letters if something feels off to you.

Know the exact name of your domain hosting company. If you receive a letter, look for your hosting company’s name and logo on the letter to make sure it’s legit.

Know that most domain companies do online billing only and rarely send out letters in the mail. Check your company to see if they will ever send you a letter.

Pay your bills online. Logging into the website to pay your bill ensures that your money is going to the right place.

Being able to see your account online also tells you exactly when your website needs to be renewed.

If you receive a letter stating your website needs to be renewed, also log in to double check that this is true.

Keep in mind that your domain names and contact information is public knowledge. Companies can gather your information and pretend they are your real hosting company.

Keep your contact information hidden by signing up for Domain Privacy Protection with your hosting provider. Most hosting companies offer this service for a small fee.

Be cautious of these misleading letters in the mail. Some of these letters can be considered junk mail. You can use some tools to try to limit the amount of junk mail you receive.

These are some ways to keep yourself protected. Share this article to alert your colleagues so everyone can stay away from scams.