Today I received the following spam message:
Attention: Important, DOMAIN SERVICE
Domain Name: [MyDomainNameHere]
ATT: Domain Owner JOE WEIN
Requested Reply Before
January 7, 2019
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: Domain Owner JOE WEIN
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration.
This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this proposal making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission.
You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this proposal. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine registration so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.[MyDomainNameHere] will be terminated on January 4, 2018 Act today!
[ ] 1 year 01/07/2019 – 01/07/2020 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 01/07/2019 – 01/07/2021 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 01/07/2019 – 01/07/2024 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 01/07/2019 – 01/04/2029 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time proposal – Great value! Lifetime $499.00
Payment by Credit Card or Check
Call our New York main office: (518)684-5177
At the bottom was the following disclaimer, separated by many blank lines to make it unlikely that anyone would read it:
By accepting this proposal, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this proposal. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this letter is strictly prohibited.
Harvesting contact details for domains via WHOIS for spamming is illegal under the terms of service.
This spam is deceptive advertising. Some people will make payments because they mistake the spam email for a domain registration renewal reminder, which it isn’t. Never do business with spammers!