Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Beware of domain renewal scam emails sent by 'ICANN'


ICANN, the global domain name coordinator, has raised awareness of a global scamming issue regarding domain renewals.
The latest ‘fashion’ among cybercriminals is sending registrants domain renewal emails, which pretend to be coming from ICANN.
The scam emails are only aimed at misleading the registrants into giving their financial information on the phishing sites they are redirected to from the email notifications.
The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has managed to outline a few common characteristics of the emails sent by scammers:
  • The scam email encourages the recipient to click on a link to renew the domain online at an attractively low price.
  • The ‘renewal promotion’ email appears to be sent by ICANN. It features ICANN’s branding and logo in the body of the message.
  • The fake renewal page that the email leads to also tries to mimic a page managed by ICANN.
While ICANN has initiated a thorough investigation of this aggressive scam campaign, they recommend that registrants also take steps to protect their personal information.
So, if you receive an email similar to the one described above, you should keep in mind the following notes:
  • Any email that offers domain renewal services from ICANN is NOT authentic, since ICANN does not process domain registrations or collect fees from registrants directly. All domain expiration notifications are sent from us - your hosting provider.
  • You should contact our support team directly for any concerns about the status of your domain name.
  • To help ICANN fight this global scam practice, you can report any scam email received at compliance@icann.org. A copy of the scam email is required for maximum investigation results.

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