Earlier this week I got an email from my friend Mike. In it, he wrote:
"I just received a letter from the Domain Registry of Canada asking me to renew [my domain name] through them, and I'm confused... Do I renew through them or through [my current registrar] Register.com? Or does it really matter?"
As fast as I could, I fired off the following reply to him:
I am SO glad you asked, and you will be too.
You were about to fall prey to an old and nasty trick called "domain slamming". Google the term "domain slamming" and you will find lots of articles about this slimy practice and the havoc it causes, as well as more information on the companies that have been accused of domain slamming.
Renew your domain name via your current registrar ONLY. You can always identify who your current registrar is by doing a WHOIS search."
Mike is a highly educated technology professional who has worked in the Internet industry for over a decade. If someone like him can come close to being duped by domain slammers, imagine what could happen to someone who is less tech-savvy (or less suspicious).
You may be reading this and saying to yourself, "yeah, yeah, this is old news, I'd never fall for something like this."
And that's great. Good for you.
But I'll bet some of your colleagues, clients, friends, or family could get suckered in.
Do them all a big favour and spread the word. Share this blog post and/or the following list of domain slamming resources with them, and help protect them from being the next victim of the domain slammers.
Domain Slamming Resources:
Domain name expert Bill Sweetman is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja, a boutique domain name consulting firm that helps companies acquire, manage, protect, and profit from their domain names. Bill has provided strategic domain name advice to major companies around the world for over 20 years.
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