Feeds

Alert over invoices from 'Domain Registry Services'

Nominet UK issues warning

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Nominet UK - the .uk Internet registry - is warning domain name holders to be on their guard against bogus invoices being distributed by an outfit called Domain Registry Services.

Nominet UK has received more than 50 complaints from ISPs and small businesses about the rogue company and is urging people to check all invoices carefully. The "Notice of Expiration" received from Domain Registry Services advises punters that they will lose their domain name unless the invoice for £60 is settled.

The invoice also offers five year domain renewal for £140 and £270 for ten years - even though Nominet UK only allows domains to be renewed for two years.

"If you have any doubts about the validity of an invoice, please contact your existing registration agent who will be able to advise you," said Nominet UK in a statement.

Nominet UK is also working with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and Trading Standards over concerns of how Domain Registry Services obtained its lists of .uk information. The matter is currently under investigation.

Last month, UK businesses were warned to be vigilant against bogus invoices as fraudsters target understaffed firms during the summer. According to the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), rogue traders take advantage of senior staff taking leave in the summer to trick more-junior employees into paying what looks like an urgent invoice.

In October 2003, Nominet UK won a legal battle against Domain Registrar Services Ltd which flogged domains by falsely claiming it was linked to Nominet UK. Although the name is similar to Domain Registry Services, a spokeswoman for Nominet UK said they didn't believe the two companies are linked. ®

Related stories

Beware the domain slammers - UK gov
Watch out for the bogus invoice man
Row erupts over illegal UK email invoicing
ASA slaps Nodots scam
Court bars Canadian domain slammer

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS
YouGov poll reveals terrible truth about the enemy within
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?