Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Domain Registry of America Alive and Well

Heads up people. Those pesky people at the Domain Registry of America are at it again. I've discussed them before, but if you aren't familiar with them, I encourage you to read this post.

I received two letters from them today, urging me to transfer domains from my current registrar to their bogus service. This time the name on the envelope said Registration Services Incorporated and had a U.S. Postage Paid address from New York on it. But the reply paid envelope displayed Domain Registry of America and that same Queen Street, Melbourne address that was on their last letters I binned.

If you receive one of their letters or emails, read it VERY carefully - Domain Registry of America are trying to convince you into transferring your domain to them by using threatening language and misleading information. If you use magnifying glass to read all the fine print on the back of their letters (I'm not kidding, it is that small), the alarm bells will ring. Here's an extract:

"You agree that you may not transfer your domain name registration to another domain name registrar during the first sixty (60) days from the effective date of your initial domain name registration with DRoA. You agree to provide written, signed authorization to DRoA for the transfer of the domain name to another registrar and agree to pay any and all fees that may be charged by DRoA to effect the transfer. Your request to transfer to another registrar may be denied in situations described in the Dispute Policy..."
"You agree, during the period of this Agreement, that we may (1) revised the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and (2) change the services provided under this Agreement. Any such revision or change will be binding and effective immediately on posting of the revised Agreement or change to the service(s) on DRoA's web site, or on notification to you by e-mail or Canadian mail. You agree to review DRoA's web site, including the Agreement, periodically to be aware of any such revisions."

This reads to me that f you mistakenly fall for their letter and sign up for their service, you are stuck with it for 60 days, must pay any transfer costs back to your own registrar and could end up paying for services you didn't agree to.

If you are US-based and receive one of their letters and it is unwanted, please file a complaint with the FTC and call or email Domain Registry of America directly and request to be taken off their mailing lists.

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At 2:31 AM , Dvmx said...

DROA has escalated their fraudulent business now- emails demanding immediate transfers of thedomain-
I even put a lock on them, and they came back telling me to release thelock!
I called them up, and theperson I talked to refused to give their name, and refused to tell me what the supposed "transaction" was-

example:

<<
The transfer and renewal of your domain name, corvisionquest.com is not possible at this time because your domain name is currently in a "REGISTRAR-LOCK" status with your current registrar TUCOWS INC.
In order to complete the transfer and renewal the "REGISTRAR-LOCK" status needs to be removed. Please see below for instructions on achieving this.

Solution:
- Log into your account with your current registrar, and change the status of your domain, corvisionquest.com, from "locked" to "active".

- Alternatively you may call your current registrar, TUCOWS INC. (see phone number below) and ask them to remove the lock status of your domain name and allow the transfer to Domain Registry of America.

- Once done please notify us that you have done so, by clicking on the link below, or calling our toll-free number below.
http://confirm.droa.com/TTresponse.asp?o=1365048&p=jaex

We will then re-attempt the transfer and renewal of your domain name.


As a convenience, we have supplied your current registrars phone number below.

etc.
>>

I suggest we find out who is doing an investigation and send these fraudulent mails to them- anyone know?

 
At 3:04 AM , Ken said...

thank you very much for this information!! They greatly confused my dear dad...

 
At 6:29 PM , Martin said...

I have just received a letter from them (complete with a UK reply envelope, global scammers), asking me to renew a domain name I have never registered. Just done a WHOIS check and it is registered with my name address and phone number!

 
At 9:04 AM , Barbara said...

Hello,

You are correct in that DROA are scum.
But the 60 day time period according to ICANN is normal.

Good Reasons for a denial of transfer according to ICANN:

- A domain name is in the first 60 days of an initial registration period.
- A domain name is within 60 days (or a lesser period to be determined) after being transferred (apart from being transferred back to the original Registrar in cases where both Registrars so agree and/or where a decision in the dispute resolution process so directs).
(http://www.icann.org/transfers/policy-12jul04.htm)

Please be aware of where your domains are registered, and if you do not know then you can always to a WHOIS.net domain name search and find out and that can save you from being scammed by companies such as DROA.

Good Luck!

 
At 9:31 PM , Anonymous said...

I just got one today from Registration Services Incorporated... People should be warned better about this.

 
At 12:03 AM , Leo said...

Just send it back without filling it in - without a stamp. My standard procedure for any of this type of scum mail. You know the greedy B**tards ar going to pay the excess postage charges in case cash is enclosed. Gives me a quiet sense of satisfaction!!

 

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