Internet Name Security (INS) Fraud & Scam Alert!

Just when you thought you seen it all, another type of scam to take your hard earned money pops up. In our mailbox this week we found a statement in the mail from the INS! No, not the Immigration and Naturalization Service, but the Internet Name Security! The invoice they sent gives us the impression that a one of our domain names is not safe, and to send $99.95 for their DomainSafe monitoring system. The letter actually states that, “Increasing threat levels from domain theft and domain hijacking mean that it is imperative you monitor the status of your online identity!” Unfortunately for them, we’re not falling for this type of direct mail scam and you shouldn’t either! This type of direct mail marketing scam is aimed at consumers who do not realize that their domain names are in fact already secure with their current domain registrar, and in most cases set as “locked”  by default.

A locked domain protects you from unauthorized third parties who might try to misdirect your name servers or transfer your domain without your permission. Only the domain registrar is able to unlock a domain and modify it’s name servers.

If you received one of these letters, please ignore it! Do NOT complete the payment slip at the bottom or make any payments to this company. The address listed is: P.O. Box 1120 Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Beware!

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  • Thank you for sharing this interesting news regarding the security of domain name and how to safeguard one’s domain name against scam artists. It is unfortunate to know that it is getting harder and harder to trust companies and individuals these days especially if you are doing your transactions online. This reminds us to always conduct a background check and be careful with the kind of information that you share online.

  • These guys are totally busted! Thanks for the info about this company, if this went to billing they totally would have paid it. Scary stuff.

  • David Cobb

    I agree with the post above and I will find more information from google.

  • Sam

    This is becoming more and more prevalent. Mind if I link to this post in a future article for my blog? I’m currently writing about internet domain names and the various scams we’ve found



  • Peter

    We received one of these recently and laughed it off. Ironically, the website they claimed needed to be monitored was acquired for a free domain monitoring service that we are building. Who monitors the monitors?