Get a bill from Domain Networks and wondering if its a scam? Did you notice they referred to your website or domain name with the listing in Google My Business as opposed to whatever is on your website?
I did and my first impression was that this was just another domain registrar scam where they attempt to charge you $289 to renew your domain and transfer it away from your legitimate registrar…. I thought this for several days as the letter I received in the mail sat on my desk.
Then I sat down to type of this warning and realized they were actually doing LESS than a domain registrar scammer. This had nothing to do with a domain registrar BS thing, they were simply designing their paperwork to look like one.
Why would anyone try to mimic a domain scammers letter?
Probably because those scammers do fool some people some of the time.
In this case they are slightly better/nicer but I still would not recommend it. (Why for later)
All this does is list your website in a business directory. Think of it like a Yellow Pages website that no one will likely ever see.
Sounds useless, right?
Thats because it is.
Why I would not recommend this, beyond the obvious reason that no one is likely to ever see your business directory listing and that makes it useless marketing money….
- They are copying the marketing practices of some of the oldest known internet scammers techniques (domain registrar scammers)
- They use similar price points.
- They send something that looks exactly like a bill, a domain renewal bill, a fake domain renewal bill, even though they say ‘THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A SOLICITATION’
- In my case, they sent me two letters for two different domains. One domain is no longer active and long long ago was generically listed in Google My Business.
- The second domain is actively listed in Google My Business with a description that makes it unique. That specific description is not quite the same as whats on the actual website.
- So when they sent a bill with the unique label, I knew they got it off of Google My Business, and since this company is not google, that’s a step into the gorilla marketing level of things
- Combine the source of my website name with the pseudo bill or invoice and the fake transfer price point of $289 and they even pulled up my DNS Name servers to add to things, which is NEVER something needed to list in a business directory and ONLY something needed for a transfer…
So bottom line, don’t waste any money on Domain Networks. Run run away from them in fact.