If you own a domain you may have received a letter from a company called iDNS Canada.
iDNS Canada is a company also known as Internet Domain Name Services. iDNS is a company that targets those who have a domain name registered. This company is hoping you do not completely understand the domain registration service by sending letters in the mail about your expiring domain and requests payment.
This scam is very similar to the one that went around in 2014 by the Domain Registry of Canada (DROC).
What iDNS is doing is hoping to scam money from you and if successful, they will try to transfer your domain away from your current provider, in order to try and scam more money from you later down the road. There are some important things to note so you can avoid being scammed when it comes to your domain:
Real domain registration providers will never send you a letter in the mail.
Report any letters you receive to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.
Report all letters you receive for all domains to the Canadian Spam Reporting Centre.
iDNS will not be the first, or last company to try and do this. If you are ever unsure about something, always ask your web provider first. Remember, if you are a Donna Halme Designs client, and I manage your domain, you will never lose it. So, be rest assured, sit back and relax because I will always have your best interests at heart.
Just so you know, iDNS sent their letter to me in the mail last year and most recently, for my husband’s domain this year. They seem to not send them regularly to everyone who has a domain but these letters tend to come out early in the year. After receiving these letters, I ignored them and threw them away because I manage my own and many other domains which are not through iDNS. So therefore, knew what this company was trying to do. However, this really upsets me because I started to worry about those who may take this letter seriously and possibly be taken advantage of because they may be unsure. Here is what this letter looks like:
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