[ga] A kind of hijacking of business?
This unsolicited mail arrived this evening. This seems typical of attempts to charge people inflated renewal fees when they have never dealt with this company before. The unsuspecting might easily be drawn into this commerce. My domain name is actually registered with Names4Ever (Abacus) and is not due for renewal until November.
Mail that arrived:
From: ".Biz Renewals" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 22:17:16
Subject: Expiry Notice (>>>namedeleted>>>.BIZ)
Your domain >>>namedeleted>>>.BIZ is due for renewal shortly. Please see
our web site to renew your domain name:
IMPORTANT: FAILURE TO RENEW YOUR DOMAIN BEFORE ITS EXPIRY DATE WILL RESULT
IN LOSS OF SERVICE.
2 Years - $30/year
3-5 Years - $22/year
6-10 Years - $19/Year
All costs are US Dollars. Should you have any questions on renewing your
domain please fill out our online contact form.
BIZ Domain Renewals
If you no longer wish to receive domain renewal notifications see http://www.domain-renewal.biz/notifications.htm
This email was sent to email@example.com
THE REGISTRANT of www.domain-renewal.biz appears in the .biz whois as:
Domain Name: DOMAIN-RENEWAL.BIZ
Domain ID: D4579522-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: TUCOWS, INC.
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID: TUXDYXGZEQ9PYESY
Registrant Name: Mel Goudie
Registrant Organization: Dot Biz Domain Renewal
Registrant Address1: 287 Regent Street
Registrant Address2: Unit 10
Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: London
Registrant Postal Code: W1R7PB
Registrant Country: Great Britain (UK)
Registrant Country Code: GB
Registrant Phone Number: +44.07985747422
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org