tel: +2348055401551 (sms, whatsapp)
skype: tokunboajewole

BEWARE: DOMAINREN.COM domain expiry notification / renewal scam

I didn't know that domain-name scams is another department in the Internet Scam Company. I checked my mailbox today, and lo what did Ifind?

(click to enlarge images below), an email supposedly notifying me of an expired domain: hostkobo.net; with links to a site where I should make payment: $75 per domain name.

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For like 2-mins, I was a little surprised to see the notice, coz I know the domain isn't due yet. At first, I thought it came from my registrar for hostkobo.net. To be sure, I did a lookup at centralops.net to know when the domain will expire - still a long way to go: October 2001. Todays date is 2nd August.

Address lookup
canonical name hostkobo.net.
aliases
addresses 67.15.47.4
Domain Whois record

Queried whois.internic.net with "dom hostkobo.net"...

Domain Name: HOSTKOBO.NET
Registrar: DIRECTI INTERNET SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM
Whois Server: whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com
Referral URL: http://www.PublicDomainRegistry.com
Name Server: NS1.HOSTKOBO.COM
Name Server: NS2.HOSTKOBO.COM
Name Server: NS3.HOSTKOBO.COM
Name Server: NS4.HOSTKOBO.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 05-nov-2010
Creation Date: 27-oct-2010
Expiration Date: 27-oct-2011

>>> Last update of whois database: Tue, 02 Aug 2011 11:41:32 UTC <<<

A closer scrutinization: there are 5-links on the page(above screenshot): two "hostkobo.net", two "pay now 128 secure" links. The fifth one is an "optout now" link (lower left hand corner).

Flipping out my Firefox firebug, each of the hostbo.net / pay now 128 secure links to

http://domianren.com/order/Xg76-_fiYjVczLpaa5bqdw%3D%3D" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">PAY NOW 128 SECURE

while the 5th one is :


http://domianren.com/unsubscribe/K3YzztDLK7dczLpaa5bqdw%3D%3D" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">optoutnow
http://domianren.com/images/eo.gif?r=/email/domain_reg_2010-10-01">

as of this writing, here is the screenshot of domainre.com. Click image to enlarge.

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and the link in the email I received is http://domianren.com/order/Xg76-_fiYjVczLpaa5bqdw%3D%3D : click image to enlarge

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question: how can 1-domain cost $75 / year for renewal?

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0 #1 Nikolas 2011-08-24 07:25
Hi, thanks for this information!!!
I too have email like this, and its was strange for me.
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