Victim Location 85260
Type of a scam Phishing
The approach to the content of the email is threatening, as if one will lose their domain if they don’t pay. No services are described, just the officious sounding company name and the implied threat that you will lose your domain if you don’t act now. It does stipulate it isn’t a bill, but a solicitation, but the language is clearly intended to deceive. They got my name and email from the domain registry, it appears. (I’ve gotten a number of legit offers to develop my website.) Here is the content of the deceptive email:
From: Internet Services
Subject: Notification: Domain Owner XXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXX.XXX
Date: October 2, 2016 3:07:52 AM MST
Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: XXXXXX.XXX
ATT: Domain Owner XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX
YYYYYY XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX
Requested Reply Before
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: Domain Owner XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration.
This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission.
You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.XXXXXXX.XXX will expire on October 3,2016 Act today!
[ ] 1 year 10/3/2016 – 10/3/2017 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 10/3/2016 – 10/3/2018 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 10/3/2016 – 10/3/2021 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 10/3/2016 – 10/3/2026 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer – Best value! Lifetime $499.00
Payment by Credit Card
Call our New York main office: (716)456-4088
By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this letter is strictly prohibited.