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RIP-OFF ALERT: Small business owners need to be aware of a new round of scam letters, e-mails and faxes relating to website domain registrations.

I recently took a call from an entrepreneur who received a domain name expiration notice for a site she owned. The woman forwarded the letter to me and it looked completely legitimate with barcodes, a pricing list and more.

Then more recently, I received one myself. It was billing me $85 for “annual web site search engine listing,” though I’ve heard reports of other people being billed for “web advertising” and similar terms.

But the other side of the letter contained a page of mice type in light grey ink that you couldn’t read to save your life. After using a magnifying glass, I could see it read, “This is not a bill. This is a solicitation. You’re under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer.”

These notices are similar to the phony Yellow Pages and Internet advertising scams. As a small business owner with a web address, be on your guard for these hijackers who want to rip you with exorbitant fees. Don’t fall for their ploys.

Clark Howard About the author:
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust. More about Clark
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