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Nominet has warned Net users to be on their guard after receiving a "flood" of complaints about the sale tactics of a company called Domain Registrar Services Limited (DRS).

Nominet claims DRS has been making cold calls warning people that someone is about to register "their" domain.

The national Registry for all domain names ending .uk also claims that DRS was using the Nominet name to make the sales pitch sound credible.

In a strongly worded statement Nominet said it had no affiliation with DRS and that it does not endorse the company or the sales tactics of DRS.

Said Nominet UK's MD, Lesley Cowley: "No-one should be pressurised into registering a domain name through an unsolicited call. In our experience, pressure-selling tactics, such as claiming that a domain name is about to be registered by a third party, are very rarely true."

"We are very concerned that some people may be confused by the claims made by Domain Registrar Services in connection with Nominet," she said, advising anyone concerned about DRS to contact the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) or their local trading standards office.

Nominet is currently considering legal action against DRS. ®

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