Beware of Mailed Renewal Notices For Domain Registration sets
Recently I received a similar letter. Its threatening title: Domain Name Expiration Notice. It came from a company whose name I didn’t recognize. I’ve never used them, never registered a domain with them. My experience with registering domains helped me to make a quick decision to put the letter in the shredder and move on. I hope to pass on this confidence to ease your cancellation fears.
If you have registered your domain name with any well-known registration companies or any of the numerous reputable online sets – you will never receive a renewal notice in the mail. They are Internet businesses and communicate with most frequently via email. Just as important as knowing you won’t be mailed a renewal notice, it’s important to remember that emailed renewal notices are the only notices you’ll receive and failure to respond can consequence in the loss of your domain.
Mailed notices prey upon the un-savvy and the too busy. Unless it is read thoroughly it appears to be a renewal bill. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) got involved in 2003 and required one of these companies to stop using misleading phrases in their notices like “register lock” and “loss of your online identity”. The letter I received didn’t lie, because it is clear you can call them to move or revive your domain. If you choose to use them you are transferring your domain from the company it is currently registered!
You may be thinking “no harm, no foul” in transferring your domain from one company to another. I recommend that you check out the cost differences before taking the jump. The offer I received was approximately 3.5 times the costs I am paying for domain name registration with a well-known company. The letter urges “Act today!”… however my domain does not come up for yearly renewal for another six months. It’s not urgent to revive a half year in improvement, losing registration time I have already paid for.
My best advice for responding to domain registration letter is to not respond at all.