ZDNet published a story yesterday about two Australian domain registrars that were hit with close to $2M AUD in fines for scamming their customers. It’s one of the reasons why you should always pay careful attention to any bill you get related to domain names because while sometimes mistakes do happen, scams happen all too often.
“The Domain Companies misled businesses into thinking they were renewing payment for the business’ existing domain name, when in fact the business was paying for a new domain name,” ACCC acting chair Delia Rickard said, recommending also anyone in receipt of a renewal notice for a .com or .net.au domain name check the notice is to renew the correct domain name. (Source – ZDNet)
I was actually trying to think if I know anyone from either of these registrars since I do go to domain name conferences and do know quite a few Domainers in Australia. The two companies hit with the fines are Domain Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd.
Let this be a good reminder to Domainers around the world – don’t just pay your bills, review them, and if they look wrong, say something!