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Beware of Domain Slamming

UpdatedJune 20, 2024
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What is Domain Slamming?

Domain slamming is a deceptive practice by scammers suggesting they are your current registrar. They send an official-looking letter about domain expiration trying to trick you into transferring domain names to their service and renewing at high costs.

How to Identify Domain Slamming

Be Wary of Snail Mail

Legitimate domain name registrars do not send letters in regular mail about renewals. Renewal reminders are sent via email.

Check the Name

Your domain name registrar is usually either GoDaddy or Network Solutions. Be highly suspicious of receiving a notice from anyone else. Common scam companies include:

  • Domain Listings
  • Domain Registry of America
  • Domain Networks
  • Internet Domain Name Services (iDNS)
  • National Domains

Beware of Threatening Language

Domain name scams often include threatening language. They might say, “Failure to renew your domain by the expiration date may result in a loss of your online identity. This will make it hard for your customers and friends to find you on the web.”

Look For Red Flags

If you received an email rather than a letter, look for typical spammy red flags. These include misspellings, poor grammar, and inaccurate contact details.

How to Protect Yourself

Know Your Registrar

If you don't know who it is, ask your website support provider.

Keep Your Domain Current

Renew your domain registration several years in advance or set it to auto-renew.

Never Give Out Codes

Never give out domain transfer or authorization codes.

Report It

If you get a suspicious letter or email about domain renewal, report it as fraud to the FTC, BBB, or ICANN.


Staying vigilant against domain slamming is crucial for protecting your business. Always verify the authenticity of any domain notices. Know who your registrar is and keep your domain name registrations up to date. Ask a trusted provider before taking any action. Be cautious. This way, you can avoid falling victim to these scams, and keep your domain secure.

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