About every three months I get a letter from a company that calls itself the Domain Registry of Canada. It looks like an invoice, knows my name and a couple of the (many) domain names I own. They ask me to pay $40 per year to renew my domain name registration.
For the love of all things Holy, don’t send these people money!
Three Reasons The Domain Registry of Canada is a Scam!
- The letter looks like an invoice and targets individuals who aren’t internet savy. It’s actually a solicitation to switch from my existing service to theirs, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to tell people to put that letter in the shredder.
- $40 per year is at least 400% more than I pay with my current registar, and you can get registration for as low as $5. I’m sure that if you’re not even sure what a TLD is then $40 seems pretty reasonable.
- The name ‘Domain Registry of Canada’ is an attempt to make the business seem more official. There is a case where the same company was fined by the Competition Bureau back in 2004. It doesn’t look like much has changed since then.
Just a quick search in Google for domain registry of canada scam will show you the very long list of people complaining about the company.
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