An old scam in the domain names industry is back, this merits a throwback post about Domain Slamming. We first wrote about the shady marketing practices of a company that called itself the ‘Domain Registry of Canada’ all the way back in 2011. Read on to know more about how to protect yourself from these practices.
Over the past year, Canada has jumped to the No. 2 spot in the world for the number of hosted phishing sites (a 170% increase). Canadian small and medium enterprises (SME) are favourite targets of these cybercriminals because most do not have the required technical expertise or appropriate budget to protect themselves from these threats.
If you’ve recently received an official looking letter from the ‘Domain Registry of Canada’, we urge you to proceed with caution.
The “Domain Registry of Canada” is a company who has been in operation since 2001. The “Domain Registry of Canada” has no association with CIRA, or any government organization. They are also not related to Webnames.ca in any way. Their official looking letter (see images below) is an aggressive direct mail campaign aimed at trying to get you to transfer your domain away from your current registrar to them.
It can be very difficult to know at times if the domain notices you receive are legitimate or aggressive marketing. While many legitimate registrars do contact their clients about renewals or other services, many trademark holders and domain name registrants have been receiving confusing and sometimes fraudulent emails and letters from companies in Asia, Europe and/or North America.