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EU Registry services - a scam

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 17 March 2004
I received an invite to renew the registration for in the post this morning, telling me that the domain is about to expire.  Somthing a bit fishy (including the 60 pound fee) so I searched and found:

The UK Advertising Standards Authority is already aware of a company calling itself EU Registry Services falsely claiming they are approved to register .eu domains. Now EU Registry Services is spamming businesses asking them to renew their .com, .net and .org domains. This time they spam and scam by regular mail.

The letters start off in a threatening tone: "The domain name shown above is due for renewal. Please renew this domain immediately to ensure service continues uninterrupted. If payment is not made to the registry before the expiry date the domain is subject to immediate suspension and deletion without further notice".

Do NOT pay this firm any money. Your domain name is probably not registered by EU Registry Services in the first place. The guys behind this scam also operates under the name "Dot Biz Domain Renewal", "Renewal Payments" (using the email address and "Register EU" ("

The "Data Protection Registration" scam is alive and kicking in a new form  

Posted by swindonhost (swindonhost), 23 March 2004

We have also experienced a number of renewal messages from this crew.

Our approach is to send the reply envelope back minus a stamp, give it a try and if you want to remain unknown, don't put anything in the envelope.

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 24 March 2004
It's one of those things where you feel you want to do something, isn't it?   Thanks for sharing your thought;  yes, it is something that you can do anonymously, and if enough people take such an action it may have a significant effect on them, even though they're probably pretty hard-skinned about protest activity.

Posted by Custard (Custard), 24 March 2004
At least it'll cost 'em the price of a stamp!

Posted by swindonhost (swindonhost), 24 March 2004
I think it costs about three times the price of a stamp.

But if they think its got 60.00 , (thats about 45 clear profit) if they bother to do the renewal.

Its quite likly they will pay up

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