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.