A company called Domain Registry of Canada sends mass volumes of postal mail directly to domain owners. The letters are designed to appear as though the Domain Registry of Canada is some sort of official government organization or is somehow related to the Canadian Internet Registration Authoritty (CIRA). Beware! The letter from Domain Registry of Canada is skirting the fine line of being a scam.
Domain Registry of Canada Scam Envelope Be on the lookout for their deceptive letters. If you are a domain owner, chances are you have already received one or more of these. At some point, Domain Registry of Canada will send you one if you own a domain. The letters are sent in a brown windowed envelope similar to official government type letters. The company uses an official Canada Post branded postage stamp. The letter itself is designed to appear like an invoice and urges the domain owner to renew their domain immediately, as though failure to comply will cause you to loose your domain.
The Domain Registry of Canada (DROC) has been running the same scam for over a decade. They have used various company names such as Internet Registry of Canada, Domain Registry of America, Domain Renewal Group, Domain Registry of Europe, NameJuice, Brandon Gray Internet Services, or DROC. But in any case they always use the same technique to fool domain owners into transferring their domain away.
How do they do it?
Why are they bothering?
They want to lock you into a service agreement in which you agree to pay exorbitantly marked up rates. They do this because they know that you'll pay those rates for YEARS because you'll find it too much of a hassle or too difficult to leave. They make millions of dollars a year from doing nothing other than praying upon the less tech savvy's level of knowledge.
Why doesn't someone do something?
The company has received numerous complaints from customers who were fooled into sending their money. The company director was fined and placed under probation by the Competition Bureau in Canada and they were also fined by the FTC in the US. Canada’s actual .CA Registry called the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) removed DROC’s certification. In fact the abuse by Domain Registry of Canada was one of the reason’s CIRA changed its whois service.
If you receive one of these letters just toss it in the recycling bin!