Watch out for this type of scam junk e-mail
Last Update: Mar 20, 2016
I recently (March 15) acquired a new domain through WA called mydreamhomeoffice.com and set up the basic site using a highly-rated WordPress theme that's one of the choices in WA. Today, I found this e-mail in my Junk folder. People with some experience in WA or domain-buying in general would probably realize it's a scam, as I did, though seeing the subject line was a bit alarming at first glance. But I wanted to post this as a warning for newbies who may be confused. This is a "cut and paste" of the e-mail text (I've italicized it to set it apart from my own text), with spaces between lines removed for compactness:
Domain Notification for MYDREAMHOMEOFFICE.COM : This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing
Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: MYDREAMHOMEOFFICE.COM
ATT: REGISTRATION PRIVATE
REGISTRANT CONTACT: +1.7786982035
Response Requested By
21 - March - 2016
PART I: REVIEW NOTICE
Attn: REGISTRATION PRIVATE
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.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine registration includes domain name search engine submission. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: MYDREAMHOMEOFFICE.COM will expire at 11:59PM EST, 21 - March - 2016 Act now!
Select term and package here
Payment by Credit/Debit Card
Select the term using the link above by 21 - March - 2016
The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the RegDomSearch Unit 8193, PO Box 6945, London, W1A 6U U.K. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. If you do not wish to receive further updates from RegDomSearch Unsubscribe here. 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 for this letter is strictly prohibited.
My gut feeling is to NOT click on the "Unsubscribe here" link. I used to work at a job where our office received junk faxes. At the bottom there would be a fax or phone number to use if you wanted to unsubscribe. My supervisor told me that the "unsubscribe" numbers were part of the scam -- anyone who responded would in effect be telling the junk fax sender that they are a real office, which would open them up to receiving more and more junk faxes, from this sender and probably others, because they could very well sell your office fax number.
Have a good rest of the weekend!
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