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Beware of Domain SEO Service Registration CORP

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If your domain name is about to expire, you may have received and email from “Domain Service”.

This email tries to look legit, but I guarantee you it is not. It is yet another spam email (when will these people stop?) trying to trick you into paying for “SEO” services. I assure you, you will not get any real “SEO” from a company like this. The company behind this just popped this website up a few days ago (1/12/15) and they are trying to make it look like they are located in Florida. They are not.

The servers are in China, the email is sent from a hacked email.. (in my case, it came from a “larsvandeen.com” domain) – the links lead to domainseor.com but when you go to that domain it redirects to domainrseo.net (probably because it only took Google a couple days to realize that the site was a spam site). There are red flags all over this.

In the email, they use the normal scare tactics that spammers of this nature often use. They have the “failure to complete….may make it difficult for customers to find you” garbage. They also advise you to “ACT IMMEDIATELY” in big letters.

If all of this is not enough to convince you of the spammy nature of this email, in the bottom of it, they state “THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A NOTIFICATION OFFER. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS NOTIFICATION OFFER”.

STAY AWAY FROM DOMAIN SEO SERVICE REGISTRATION CORP!

Besides all the other red flags I pointed out about domainseor.com (aka domainrseo.net) – a quick glance of their website reveals a hastily thrown together site with virtually no SEO work done on it’s own. It’s clear their strategy is to mass blast out spam emails and trick a few unsuspecting website owners into clicking on their links and entering their credit cards.

In general, if you have registered a domain name with a registrar like GoDaddy, Network Solution, Name Cheap, HostGator, or any other domain registrar – never click on a link from them for any renewal, SEO services, Search engine submission etc. You can always log in to the site directly and check the status of your domain.

About the Author

Chad Musgrove is the owner, janitor, receptionist, book keeper, website developer and internet marketer of Pro AD Insight. PAI is a website design and internet marketing company specializing in providing the small business owner with amazing websites and top notch pay per click advertising at incredibly low prices. Contact Chad today to learn how he can help you with your website.

161 Comments

  1. Also received such an email. This is spam.

    • Figured it wasn’t just me. πŸ™‚ I like to throw up quick little posts like this to warn the unsuspecting business owner / new website owner. Thanks for chiming in.

      • Thank you for posting this! I did figure it was a scam but just wanted to check and see and I found your post.

    • What Chad explains in very factual and complete detail is 100% accurate!

      How do I know Chad is right?

      Because today, I was scammed by the very same “crooks”.

      Note: They keep charging to your credit card, because they have all of the necessary information.

      They utilize a method of making small charges, but keep charging your card, because they have figured out that the credit card companies fraud system won’t alert for charges under say, $148
      Thank you Chad!!!! BRAVO!!!!

        • Thank-you for your information. I just received an invoice from Domain Expiration SEO. I have never heard of them before. I didn’t know what to do or how to contract them. There is no telephone number on the invoice…STRANGE…I just search the web and found your report. I do appreciate your comments Thank-you.
          Dr. Barbara Norman
          Datanor Research Institute

          • You are welcome. I am glad my blog post helped.

            Regards,
            Chad

  2. I got one just like this. I would like to know how this company got their hands on the email address I just created, on a website I just created, on a site I just registered….

    • Kurt,

      My guess is that they get the information from the ICANN Database, the same source when one does a “Whois” lookup. One way to avoid anyone knowing who you are is to register for PRIVATE registration. Private registration will cost you a bit more, but your information will not be publicly available.

      Good luck on the website!

  3. I need help, I recently send data from my credit card these people.
    How do I cancel? I must change my credit card? or I call to cancel the payment Visa?
    Thanks!

    • Hey Mauro,

      I would recommend that you contact your Visa company. You should be able to dispute the payment through them and get your money back. When you dispute a payment – the company who charged your card has to prove that they had the right to charge the card. It involves a bunch of paperwork. I believe the company has 30 days to “prove” to the credit card company that the charge is legit. If they do not provide evidence within the 30 day window, you get to keep your money. If they do – you will have to fight it – but my guess is that they won’t bother and you’ll have your money back.

      Good luck and let me know the outcome.

      Chad

  4. Also just got this email today. Clearly spam and a scam. ALWAYS check that you are dealing with the right company before handing over any financial information. Don’t fall for these thieves.

    • Amazing how many people fall for these. I can’t stand these scammers that rely on trickery to get CC info from unsuspecting small business owners.

      Glad you did not fall for it, and thanks for sharing.

  5. this is a Florida corporation-we are currently in process of reporting them to the Florida DBPR, as well as other legal outlets-they will not be around much longer…

    • Thanks for the update… I wish all companies that operate like this would just go away.

    • I am a lawyer and my mom was recently defrauded by this same scam. I am wondering if you have more information.

      • Hi Courtney,

        I’m afraid I don’t. I would recommend that your mother submit a domain transfer request from her previous domain registrar. She can also submit a charge back on her credit card to get the money back.

        Your mother may have to wait for a period of 30-60 days to get the domain back to the original registrar as there is usually a minimum period you have to wait. However, she should be able to get the domain back into her control

        Good Luck

        Regards,
        Chad

  6. I own several similar domain names. I was offered (as usual) to bid on a similar domain name becoming available. I made an offer to one company (of about 4 emails I received – “namelessdomains” who are actually based in the Caiman Is. ) who unusually requested to “confirm my bid” which necessitated a phone number. Did not do. There is (for lack of better wording) some kind of a pool of sharks that operate under different companies to screw you out of as much money as they can when a do main name comes available. It is only through my past experience in this matters (and as a legal assistant-where we pay particular attention to wording) that I recognize the inconsistencies. Many of these “companies” are obviously sharing information, as the only bid I gave was to the namelessdomains and then I received a poorly worded request from the above (which, if you weren’t paying attention) for what at first sight would be a payment for a domain registration. Who do you trust? DO YOUR RESEARCH.

    • Thank you for letting me (and anyone who finds this post) know about this “web” of deceit. You are correct – they are just trying to screw you out of money, and apparently a lot of people fall for it because they NEVER stop!

  7. Thanks for sharing this!
    So many scammers out there -we’ve all got to help each other.

    • Absolutely… I try to post as many as I can… πŸ™‚

  8. The bastards got me!
    I got the email right in the middle of a client contract recording program that runs through my website. Panicked and paid it.
    10 minutes later, the Financial Controller (wife) came in; Well, didn’t it all go pear shaped from there!
    Anyway, I’m making FRAUD complaints through my bank here in Australia and I intend to have a few close friends in the States see if they can lay hands on this MATTHIAS TAUBERT character. Fool!

  9. Well, I got mine today. As any criminal tries to be so smooth, it certainly proves true with these folks. I had the presence of mind to at least check on-line before “clicking” and found this article. Glad I did. They are not. So I get to keep my $$ while they hope to find another victim. Sad so many fall for these scams without checking further. Thanks for the information, Chad.

    • You are welcome and thanks for leaving a quick note. Glad to hear that you didn’t fall for it.

  10. I also smelled a rat when 2x emails arrived as only use 1 domain provider same thing reminding me of domain registration awaiting to be renewed. I am wondering how they get lists of what we have secured legitimately online.

    Thankfully did a google search and found your notice advising of scam

    • They get the information for the “Whois” database as all info about a site owner is publicly available there. You can pay your registrar to hide your info and you will not receive these emails any longer.

  11. I’m used to these scammy emails. What worries me is that they must have access to personal info as this time the email I received had my postal address included.

    • Hi Karen,

      This is all public information as soon as you purchase a site. To keep anyone from knowing your public info – you have to purchase domain privacy from your registrar. That will hide all of your contact info from the general public. Your info will be displayed as “Domains by Proxy” and info @ domainsbyproxy.

      Hope this helps.

  12. just found out it was scam, because i received an email from the real service provider, and I thought, why? I have paid yesterday.
    I’m so angry, it really looked real. why does this platform still exihist ?

    • Unfortunately too many people fall for this scam. I’m guessing it will continue to exist as long as people keep clicking the links. πŸ™

  13. Just got another of these today. What torques me is that we have to pay extra to hide our contact info. Even the legit people in this business are scamming us and holding us hostage. I refuse to pay for it and just have add another email address to the junk list every now and then–but when I do, I have to snarl about the whole domain registration thing.

  14. I just got this e-mail–but it was regarding a domain that I’ve always registered private through Network Solutions. I called Network Solutions, but they deny sharing this data. Any ideas?

    • Hi Dale,

      I can only venture a guess.

      My number 1 suspicion would be that your domain information was previously public and this info is stored in a database somewhere.

      As much as I despise Network Solutions (they are overpriced and make it VERY difficult to transfer your domain name) I highly doubt that they would sell private information behind the scenes.

      You can safely ignore these emails but expect to continue to receive them for sometime.

      Regards,
      Chad

  15. First let me say: THANK YOU, Chad. I received the same email and because I’m not a native speaker I was concerned that maybe I took something as spam, which is in fact important…
    Concerning the question how these people get your mailadress, phonenumber etc. I can say the following: Everybody who pays for a domain – mab it be private or business – is registered on a website that can be easily reached by everyone. All the data you gave to the hosting company you contracted is visible. I don’t want to put the link in here, but let me asure you that I was so puzzeled when I found out, that I contacted my hosting company. They told me it would be illegal if they DON’T share the information and that you can do nothing to prevent misuse of your adress etc.

  16. They got me yesterday and only because of one letter difference in my domain name….So I contacted my bank, but they got me.

  17. I was receiving such emails because my information in whois database was public. I bought “Protect my personal information” from godaddy. Now there are no such emails.

  18. ‘My guess is that they get the information from the ICANN Database, the same source when one does a β€œWhois” lookup. One way to avoid anyone knowing who you are is to register for PRIVATE registration’.

    and

    ” Everybody who pays for a domain – mab it be private or business – is registered on a website that can be easily reached by everyone. All the data you gave to the hosting company you contracted is visible’.

    ==
    Explains why my WhoIsGuard didn’t work then?

    Got mine today and contacted host who pointed out to me that it is payment for SEO not for the domain (not even renewal that I thought they wanted to purchase for $64 LOL)

    Looked at my dashboard inside host area and see the details for my website was what was in the email. So assume spam telephone calls next????

  19. They just got my Husband. We’re onto the Bank now.

  20. January 31, 2016. Received email from them. Not my first. Hope my last.

  21. Thanks, Chad.
    I always check a questionable email like this.
    Thanks for putting up your comments for me to find.
    This is a real service you have performed.
    Best regards,
    Charles

  22. I get at least one of these every other month. The latest received yesterday is from this company I am sure, but they say they are in Los Angeles, CA and Shenzhen Futian (assuming China). They give an email of domainregserviceseo@mail.com Thank you for making this clear to me that this is a bogus operation.

  23. Guess this is my lucky day! Got another spammer from this scammer. Only 3 times my regular fee to renew a domain. Does this company even have a domain of its own?

    • Hi Doug, The only domain I ever see from these people is the one in the email that you have to click.

  24. I just received one of these emails too, and it made me panic because I’ve had issues in the past where the registrar hasn’t sent me a domain expiry warning, and I almost lost my domain to the registrar. I had to file a complaint with ICANN to get my domain back. Thanks for your info.

    • Your welcome Phillip. I’m glad to hear that the info I posted helped you out as that’s the main reason I take the time to write these posts! πŸ™‚

  25. This is good information. I just received this type of message also & immediately new it was a scam because my domain is not due until Dec 2016 and more important is the fact that my account with Godaddy has been hacked & I no longer have access. Also my credit card information was stolen & used and now when I receive this type of fraudulent e-mail I suspect that these people are probably behind or part of the hacking taking place within Godaddy. Also of notice to everyone Godaddy was of no help in recovering my account which is still not accessible to me.

  26. I just want to say Thank You for taking your time posting about this. I never knew about this until yesterday. Red flags went up because I paid for my domain in January. Just by entering the information of the company your post popped up that it was a scam. You saved us a heart ache to fix this.

    • I’m glad the information contained in my post help you avoid getting scammed and I thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Regards,
      Chad

  27. Thanks for the info. I was almost at the point on calling my admin about it and make serious questions.Thans again for the warning. Have a good day!

    • Thanks for taking the time to let me know the information was helpful.

  28. My husband just paid for this service which was not the company we renew the Domain with in the past. Just called the credit card company which the sale is pending but they can’t do anything with it at this point. We had to change our credit card number and wait for more information on the company. Pays to look carefully at your emails!

  29. Thank you for putting out this article Chad! You just saved me some time! πŸ™‚
    Peace!

  30. Thank’s Chad ..always received email from this Domain Service . I’m safe now

    • You are welcome.. glad to see the blog post helped.

  31. Thank you for posting this, found your alert after searching for ‘Domain SEO Service Registration Corp’. I was suspicious about this email, I had also forgotten who I purchased my domain name from. I replied to the dodgy email sender asking for some verification, never got a response! The link they send within the email looks dodgy too. It is well worth reading such emails cautiously, as there are many, many con artists trawling the internet for unsuspecting victims. Stay alert!

  32. Thanks so much Chad,
    I wish that I had checked this out out before, I’m usually very good at detecting these fraudulent emails. I paid yesterday, thinking that I was in jeopardy of loosing my domain. After I paid it just didn’t feel right, so I called my bank and cancelled my credit card…of course the charge was already cleared. I’ve contacted the FBI and filed a complaint.
    Thanks for confirming that I was correct in my suspicion. Wish I had checked before making the payment

  33. Thanks for the tip but for me was:
    Too late. I felt in the trap. SEO took $67.00 from me in february for my domain.

    • Sorry to hear that. Hope you get the domain name back quickly and easily.

  34. Thanks for your post, Chad.
    Got their email today, but everything told me that I hadn’t bought anything like that that could expire…So I figured to do some research before contacting my domain host about it and found your post confirming my suspicion.
    According to my mail they are located in Florida – but I bet they change that location as often as they can too…I mean no one would pay them if they stated they were in China…

    Have a great weekend

    Wiebke

    • You are welcome. Glad you found the post before getting sucked into their trap!

  35. Just got an email! Thank goodness this article was out there and I avoided getting scammed!!!

  36. Having just taken over my new IT admin position, I was not familiar with what my predecessor had signed up for. I could have easily been scammed here. thanks for your post. Saved me some headaches!
    BTW…they now have a new email: “Domain Service”

    Gotta always be lookin out!
    Thanks
    Debbie

  37. Thanks Chad. Your post on this was the first to come up when I googled about it. I got the message on April 22 but I guess I failed to “ACT IMMEDIATELY”. I’m with the person above who has private registration and that’s the only reason I considered that it might be legit – how else would they have the private info they had? But I did just switch ISPs and during the switch, you have to turn off the private registration. I made sure that the e-mail address listed publicly during this period was the spam magnet one. And that is where this scam message went. So odds are good that the scammers of this message picked up the info during that short period when things were visible.

  38. I just received this kind of email today.
    I am just cofuse, I saw this registration on my goddady account but I don’t remember anything if I get any from them.
    Why it is appearing inside goddady? Anyone can explain this?

  39. Thanks Chad, just got one of these emails and was stupid enough to almost pay it. Luckily, I was smart enough to check and discover my domain registration isn’t due for another 4 months, prompting me to search and find this.

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You are welcome. Glad my post saved you some time and headaches.

  40. I recently received an email from this bogus company.

  41. Thanks for the write up. I have also got a similar email and I was fortunate enough to glance at your blog which has saved from making wrong payment.

  42. Wish I’d seen this sooner, but thank you for clarifying why my site went down, when I thought I was paid up.

    • You’re welcome. It looks like the site might still be down. If you need help with getting it back up – use my contact form and I’ll see what I can do.

      Regards,
      Chad

  43. Hello Chad
    I received one of these e mails from SEO telling me I owe then for another year of hosting.They do not host my site–ooowebhost.com does.For some reason or another my site no longer exists —-SEO seemed to have caused my page to disappear.What do i do next?

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————–this is what they have sent to me

    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    Domain SEO Service Registration Corp.
    Notice#: 817415
    Date: 06/02/2016

    EXPIRATION OFFER NOTICE
    DOMAIN: makethehumstop.com
    Notification Purchase Offer

    EXPIRATION OFFER DATE: 06/10/2016
    To: MICHAEL MILROD, EYE OPENER CO
    (Address removed by MOD)
    Domain Name:

    Registration SEO Period:

    Price:

    Term:
    makethehumstop.com 06/24/2016 to 06/24/2017 $64.00 1 Year

    SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT
    Domain Name: makethehumstop.com
    Attn: MICHAEL MILROD
    This important expiration notification offer notifies you about the expiration offer notice of your domain registration for makethehumstop.com search engine optimization submission. The information in this expiration notification offer may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the Domain SEO Service Registration to purchase our search engine traffic generator. We do not register or renew domain names. We are selling traffic generator software tools. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above.
    If you fail to complete your domain name registration makethehumstop.com search engine optimization service by the expiration date, may result in the cancellation of this search engine optimization domain name notification offer notice.
    PLEASE CLICK ON

    SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT
    TO COMPLETE YOUR PAYMENT.
    Failure to complete your seo domain name registration makethehumstop.com search engine optimization service process may make it difficult for customers to find you on the web.
    CLICK UNDERNEATH FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
    PROCESS PAYMENT FOR
    makethehumstop.com
    SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT

    ACT IMMEDIATELY

    This domain seo registration for makethehumstop.com search engine service optimization notification offer will expire 06/10/2016.

    Thank you for your help
    michael milrod

    • Hey Michael.

      Looks like you have 2 different things going on here.

      1) you are being solicited by these guys. Did you click on anything or make any payment? If not – don’t do it.
      2) your name servers and A records are not set. I checked whatsmydns.net and for whatever reason, your DNS information is not registered.

      If you have access to the domain registrar (where you registered the domain name), and you haven’t paid the guys that sent the email – use my contact form to reach out to me. This is something that should e able to be fixed fairly easily.

      Regards,
      Chad

  44. Hello Chad
    thank you for getting back me,sorry for not getting back to you sooner.
    I sent 3 messages to ooowebhost and did not respond back.So for now my business site is no longer.
    I guess i am just going to redo the site and find another hosting service.
    Thank you again
    michael milrod

  45. what sorprised me is that the email they sent me had my home address! how is this possible?

    • Hi Andru,

      Your address is public information when you registrar a domain name – unless you pay to keep it private (usually around $10)

  46. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this post!!! I was about to pay but something didn’t feel right!

    • Glad the post saved you some headache Priscilla.

  47. I can’t thank you enough. I cam so close to giving them my credit card information until that little voice in my head stopped me and said to do some research. I am so sick of these slackers trying to steal from me and the rest of hard working society. Posted this on my Facebook page so my other writer friends can know about this.

    • Thank you Jo! I’m really glad to hear that my blog post helped save another unsuspecting small business owner from this scam of a company. I hate these companies that try to scam people into unknowingly transferring their domains to them.

      Thanks for the social love on Facebook!

      Regards,
      Chad

  48. Thanks, Chad…you saved me from falling victim to this!

  49. I’ve gotten a lot of this junk for almost every domain I own… it just keeps on coming in and I just keep on deleting it like all the other spam I get.

  50. Chad, thank you for taking the time to warn us.

  51. Thank you for this post. Verified what I thought. Glad this was online to reassure me that I wasn’t in fact crazy for thinking someone else was managing my website besides GoDaddy.com

    Is there anyway to pursue action against this company’s scams?

  52. Span Scammers! Do not go near these douche bags.

  53. Thank you Chad, for the warning and the information you provided.
    I have deleted the mail. They get smarter every time.

  54. info@avuk.net is the same. I have got a message today, same story. Take care it is a SCAM!

    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    Domain SEO Service Registration Corp.
    Notice#: 551349
    Date: 09/18/2016

    EXPIRATION OFFER NOTICE
    DOMAIN: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Notification Purchase Offer

    EXPIRATION OFFER DATE: 09/26/2016
    To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    xxxxxxxxxxx
    xxxxxxxxxxx
    xxxxxxxxxxx

    *** Moderators note – I edited out the end of this email, but thought I’d leave the rest since these scammers are now using a different domain at the end of their email.

  55. Thank you Chad, for this valuable information. I recently received a similar email from this company. I had to contact the support group of my registrar to validate the email contents and they too suspected this to be a scam. Your blog post will definitely help other site owners.

    • You are welcome. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Glad my blog post is helping so many people avoid these scams.

  56. I got the scam email from them today. Guess no one has dealt with this company yet.

  57. Hello Chad – today, Sep. 27, 2016, I just got another one of their emails for my domain magicmichael.net which will not expire until 2024. Have you ever been able to identify a physical address, or even a valid P.O. Box where the people or company responsible for this are located? Thanks!

    • Hey Michael. I never really looked. I just put this post up to warn others so they don’t fall for this scam

  58. I received the spam, and was actually about to pay for reregistering my domain. Thankfully I googled the company and your article popped up. Thank you Chad for this write up, it’s really useful.

    • You are very welcome. Glad you found my post.

  59. Thank you for sharing. I recently received an email from this company and was not sure what to do. I was on hold with my hosting provider when I ran across your page. Thank you.. stress relieved…

    • You are welcome. Glad you found my post before getting fooled by these guys.

  60. Thank you for your article! It’s very useful, I’ve just get this letter.

  61. I just paid and then it occurred to me…thank you for your help! I guess i need to call bank πŸ™

  62. Hi i too got a mail , i checked the mail and copied the company name and posted in google .it is showing as scam . But by the time my friend did the payment . The amount which i paid is so high for me because it has taken a lot of time to earn money and gone as simply . its a startup . Finally moved my domian as private . And i would like to know how can i complaint on them .

  63. I am an attorney who was contacted by a client with a question about whether this was a legitimate offering. I understand that it is not. I am interested in whether anyone has accurate contact information for this fraudulent business, as I would like to sue them in a class action lawsuit. The problem is that the domain names in the From address of the emails are not legitimate domains, and they also do not provide an actual physical address. Has anyone who has actually paid these fees had any interaction with this supposed company. Someone mentioned a name on here–MATTHIAS TAUBERT–but I’m not sure where that name came from. If you have any information and/or are interested in being a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit (assuming we can find these guys), please contact me at courtneycommercial@gmail.com and use the subject matter SEO FRAUD. Thank you.

    • Hi Courtney,

      Your task may be a difficult one as I doubt this is a US based company. As a web designer / internet marketer, that purchases a lot of domains for my clients (and therefore the technical contact for these domains), I get a lot of these notices. I checked the last 5. The domain for the company can be found by hovering over the payment link. When you do so, you will see your domain name followed by a . (dot) then another domain name. This is the sub domain of the primary domain.

      By typing the .domainname (that is after your domain name in the payment link) into a browser, you can see the website of the company. I checked the last 5 of these emails I received and found the following domain names: (please note, I added a space after the domain name to ensure that these are not active links.

      1. leseodomain. org
      2. transeoserv. org
      3. seoserviceapp. org
      4. xogiva. org
      5. qoalaseo. com

      As you can see by the websites, they are all identical. When I click the contact us page, there is an address at the bottom (I doubt it’s legit). There is also a phone number (it probably forwards to an overseas number).

      This is the contact info on all 5 websites:

      Domain SEO Service Registration Corp.
      1000 Fifth Street
      Suite 200 – G9
      Miami Beach, FL 33139
      Email: domainrseo@mail.com
      Tel: (954) 320-4679
      Fax: (954) 320-4679

      I don’t think pursuing this company through legal resources will result in any change. If you won, collecting money would probably be nearly impossible and these people would just setup more domains (they probably already have hundreds) and keep their racket going.

      I’m glad my post has help you and others. Good luck in whatever avenue you choose to pursue these guys.

      Regards,
      Chad

      • It is not a US company. The address listed is of a company that offer Virtual Offices, so they take mail and calls for people that are not (always) located on US soil.


        Cesar Villanueva
        Caracas, Venezuela

  64. thank you for this post! I just received this email and chose to check out if it is legit… glad I did! happy to see others are warning people about this scam!

  65. Thank you for this very valuable information. I just received an “EXPIRATION NOTICE” from Domain Registration Service SEO Company. Fortunately, I already know who provides our service for the domain name noted. Was glad to find your post in a Google search.

  66. Thank you. Narrowly avoided this one.

  67. Received an email saying my domain was expiring and that I needed to send $66.00 for the next year before 11/11/2016. They said to use my credit card for the payment.. I do not have a credit card. I asked them for their mailing address and have not heard from them since. The better business bureau said that their mailing address is 5042 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. If I had sent them money I am sure I would have never heard from them again. If I lived in the area it would be interesting to see how they would react if I showed up at their address. The better business bureau has given them a very low rating.

  68. I would like to clarify my comment a bit more. Received an email from Domain Registration Services Seo company in Los Angeles saying that my domain was about to expire. They requested a payment by credit card for $66.00 for the next year. I asked for a mailing address since i do not have a credit card. Have not heard from them since. Contacted my web hoster and he agreed that it was a scam.
    Notice that there is a similar sounding organization in Florida that operates the same way. It may be a sister organization to the one in Los Angeles. I found the mailing address to the the one in Los Angeles through the better business bureau.
    both of the above organizations say they have offices in China.

    • None of the addresses or public information I have seen appears to be real. I’m glad you avoided sending them any money. Thank you for sharing

      • Chad,
        What is the basis of your statement that “None of the addresses or public information you find on this company is real.” What public information are you referring to, and what specifically is it about the information at sunbiz.org, the official State of Florida site, that you assert is not real about this company or its President Matthias Taubert? Please respond to me at ***************@ yahoo dot com (Authors Edit – removed email). Thank you. – Michael Worsham

        • Hey Michael. I have edited my comment to reflect that none of the information I have seen APPEARS to be real.

  69. I just got such a notice. fortunately my IT friend warned me not to click on anything, but call them. Then I noticed there is no phone #, which is when I searched & found your blog. the company is now “located” at:
    Domain Registration Service SEO Company, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or Asia Main Office: Domain Registration Service SEO Company, Shenzhen Futian.

  70. Thanks for this post. I just received an email from them as well (and deleted it fast), wanted to let others know it’s still out there and to be aware.

  71. The company I work for just received a similar email as many has mentioned above. Unfortunately someone in our company paid the invoice then our website stopped working and all the content would not load. Not sure if the above scam had something to do with it. Has anyone else experienced their website not functioning correctly after payment to this scam?

    We’re in the process of disputing payment with our bank and currently on the phone with GoDaddy to help get our website back up.

    The company Domain SEO Service Registration Corp that contacted us had a Miami address. I called the SE Florida Better Business Bureau who has two version of the name registered/listed. They have several complaints for those two companies and said the company never answers any of their complaints. The did direct me to the FBI Internet Crime Division and said to issue a complaint with them via their website http://www.ic3.gov

  72. I have been getting these as well and I almost paid but something felt way wrong… So i googled and found this blog… Thanks for this.

  73. Got one too…. Almost paid to renew and thought I should check it further… A SCAM that almost got me, a veteran online user!!!!

    Please beware….

  74. Thanks for keeping this thread open, Chad! I, too, received one of these scams today (it helps to know from my domain host that it doesn’t expire until April of next year…). I’ll post the content here because there is one very worrying part of the email (I’ll “XXX” that part out). I don’t think whois contains an actual street address, so I’m concerned who this bogus company hacked or bought their information from!

    Anyway, here’s what I got:

    ATTENTION: IMPORTANT NOTICE
    Domain Registration Service SEO Company
    Notice#: 293522
    Date: 11/21/2016

    EXPIRATION NOTICE
    DOMAIN: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Notification Purchase Proposal

    EXPIRATION PROPOSAL DATE: 11/29/2016
    To: XXXXXXXXXXXXX (was my name),
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (and my…)
    XXXXXXXXXX (actual street…)
    XXXXXXXXXXX, UNITED STATES (address)

    Domain Name: Registration SEO Period: Price: Term:
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 12/13/2016 to 12/13/2017 $66.00 1 Year

    SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT
    Domain Name: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Attn: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    This important expiration notification proposal notifies you about the expiration notice of your domain registration for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx search engine optimization submission. The information in this expiration notification proposal may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department to purchase our search engine traffic generator. We do not register or renew domain names. We are selling traffic generator software tools. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above.
    If you fail to complete your domain name registration xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx search engine optimization service by the expiration date, may result in the cancellation of this search engine optimization domain name notification proposal notice.
    PLEASE CLICK ON

    SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT
    TO COMPLETE YOUR PAYMENT.
    Failure to complete your seo domain name registration xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx search engine optimization service process may make it difficult for customers to find you on the web.
    CLICK UNDERNEATH FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
    PROCESS PAYMENT FOR
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT

    ACT IMMEDIATELY

    This domain seo registration for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx search engine service optimization notification proposal will expire 11/29/2016.
    Instructions and Unsubscribe Instructions:
    You have received this message because you elected to receive special notification proposal. If you no longer wish to receive our notifications, please unsubscribe here or mail us a written request to US Main Office: Domain Registration Service SEO Company, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or Asia Main Office: Domain Registration Service SEO Company, Shenzhen Futian. If you have multiple accounts with us, you must opt out for each one individually in order to stop receiving notifications notices. We are a search engine optimization company. We do not directly register or renew domain names. We are selling traffic generator software tools. This message is CAN-SPAM compliant. THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A NOTIFICATION PROPOSAL. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS NOTIFICATION PROPOSAL. This message, which contains promotional material strictly along the guidelines of the CAN-SPAM act of 2003. We have clearly mentioned the source mail-id of this email, also clearly mentioned our subject lines and they are in no way misleading. Please do not reply to this email, as we are not able to respond to messages sent to this address.

    In no way misleading…umm – yeah, right!

    • Addresses of the registered owner of the domain are public information. You can pay for private registration with your domain registrar and keep that information hidden. It is relatively inexpensive but the price varies from provider to provider.

      Regards,
      Chad

  75. Thanks for this posting. I have persistently got a few of such emails but figured that they are spam. I thought I would just google if any others have received such message and found your post.

  76. Thank you for posting.
    Do you think that unsubscription function is safe?

    • It’s probably safe, but I have my doubts if they would honor an unsubscription or not.

  77. I’ve seen several email scams like this over the years. I check my email headers when emails come from unknown places asking for money. This one didn’t come from anyone I pay money to for domain names, so I knew it was a scam right away. In the email itself, after making it appear to look like a domain name expiration notice, it does say that they are not domain name registrars, but I can see how people in a hurry might not see that. Of course, if you have a domain name, you should know where notices of expiration will be coming from. I forward such emails to spam@uce.gov and spamcop.
    Another thing you can do is view the email in plain text and see where the links go. I report all such emails as spam or scams to the FTC by forwarding them to spam@uce.gov

    • Thank you for the helpful tips Manny!

  78. Thank you for this post. As many have indicated, I thought was scam as well. When owner of company asked me to look into, wanted to be thorough, and this was the information needed.

    Thanks again!

  79. HI Chad
    Thanks for the web page and info.
    I also received the email from these guys and the email claims:
    Domain Cancellation Notice
    This solicitation us to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for “MY COMPANY’S DOMAIN”. failure to complete this order by 01/04/2017 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you, using search engines on the web). We do not register or renew domain names. We sell traffic generator software.

    So I have reported and send a copy of the email to Scam Watch. Which is part of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
    This scam will appear on the Scam watch web page and newsletters…..

  80. Chad, many thanks for this heads up on this domain name scam. Like all the other commenters on this page, I received a preliminary notice from these folks back in December warning me of the imminent expiration of my domain name’s registration. After noting the ridiculous price they were charging me for a one year extension of my domain name, I googled “domain sep service registration corp” and discovered your website and the warnings about this scammer. As the webmaster for a non-profit, I can tell you that the organization is very grateful to you in allowing us to avoid the waste of precious funds that can be much better used in pursuing our mission (we are an organ transplant support organization). Many thanks!!

    • You are very welcome. I’m glad this post was helpful to you and so many others. As a board member of a non profit myself, I was very happy to see that this post helped your non-profit avoid wasting money (something you and I both know is VERY DIFFICULT to raise).

  81. THANK YOU, Chad!
    I just got a notice from them. By the way, they are asking for $94 now.
    All my domain info is private — so they actually sent me their email through the contact portion of my website! And that was enough to make me go hmmmmmm … but I still was scared and may have paid — if I hadn’t discovered your post.
    So … thank you thank you thank you.

    • You are very welcome. Glad the post helped you avoid becoming a victim of these shameless and inexcusable contacts.

      I manage about 30 websites and have seen contact forms coming from them. They have also registered many more domains and continue to send out these emails that are essentially the same, but make it look like it’s a different company. When I have more time, I’m going to post more of their emails… update coming soon!

  82. Just got same one today…I typed in the email header & this thread came up so glad I checked & you have saved me a headache πŸ™‚

  83. Hey Chad… I came across your blog while researching these lowlifes. I got one of these emails this morning and smelled the stench a mile away. My first clue was that the email came to my comcast account, not the buisness email. I did a “WHOIS” on the domain attached to the “Pay Now” button. The partial listing follows. As you can see, the domain has only been registered for a couple weeks. They must have gotten shut down and are now back up with a new domain. Effing scumbags. I filed a report with the FTC.

    Domain Name: THREADDOMAIN.ORG
    Updated Date: 2017-01-06T02:01:54Z
    Creation Date: 2017-01-04T07:33:37Z

    • Very smart of you to check the whois information. I do that also!

      I get solicited so often, I can spot them a mile away. I’ve seen some spam emails offering services I could use with my website / SEO business. I’ve gone to the website to check them out, but when I ran a whois search, things become very obvious.

      Another trick you can do is to check out archive.org and run a website through there. They have screenshots of websites over the years. You can go through those and see if the site has been bought, changed, used as a link farm etc.

      Thanks for sharing.

  84. Thank you for your information. A client of mine was about to make a transaction with them, your information has been very clear. Thank you very much again.

  85. The sad thing is that most people who would need to know the information from this post the most, are not going to find it. You first have to be skeptical enough to even consider looking up if the company is legit.

    I’ve done web work for several non-tech-oriented businesses and organisations, and unfortunately it’s very easy to make them want to pay something like this. Maintaining a web presence is confusing for the best of times, having regular bills for a domain registrar, a web hosting company, website maintenance, sometimes a separate DNS service… if the e-mail contains a few technical terms the potential victims aren’t familiar with, and makes it seem like it’s just another one of those annual bills you need to pay in order to not lose your web presence, it can be difficult to get them to believe that they should in fact not worry about it.

    By the way, e-mail addresses don’t need to be hacked, it’s one of the fundamental flaws of the broken e-mail system that you can put any sender address you want, there’s no verification whatsoever. It was fine back when it was just a few university computers, and the worst you’d have to expect are some pranks, but it’s hopelessly inadequate for today. I still hope that one day, we’ll ditch the whole thing and get it widely replaced with a new form of e-mail that only delivers messages whose source was verified. Then, you could safely discard anything else. And if someone still tried to pull scams like this, at least authorities would have a very good starting point for their investigation.

    • Hey Daniel,

      You are absolutely write. Great comment, thanks for sharing. I nope someone comes up with a better email system as well.

  86. Thank you Chad, saved us some research!

    • You are welcome. Glad it kept you from falling for this.

  87. These guys filled out a contact form on my site. … 4 times in one minute I might add!

    I did click on the link and googled their company name — which is how I ended up here. But tell me, what happens when you click on their link? Why is that bad?

    • Hi Andi,

      In general – I always advice people to never click a link in any email (unless you know for a fact that it is from a trusted source). Even a link in an email that looks legit can be bad. These scammers have even started duplicating bank pages, real bank emails, real google emails, and even Google itself. For the person who knows what to look for, it’s easy to spot as the domain names don’t match up to the normal. For example, if you click a link in an email from Google telling you to update your password – it may take you to a page that looks exactly like Google (but the URL will be slightly different). When you type in your email and password, the people running the site instantly have it and can clean you out before you even realize that you’ve been taken.

      The simplest way to guarantee that you won’t fall for a scam is to simply go directly to the website that is being linked to in the email. If you get an email from Google, your bank, or any other important business that asks you to reset your password (that you did not click “reset password” from the original site) – simply go to that site and log in. If it’s legit, you’ll see the password reset prompt pop up on that screen and you’ll know it’s legit. Zero risk if you don’t click the link.

      Hope that explains why I advise to NOT click on any links.

  88. Happened just now; I forwarded the letter to my ISP…if you get a letter like that; best thing to do is to reply…if it fails; its a scam…

    • Good Advice and a simple way to check. Also watch out for the offers for “First Page of Google Rankings”… especially the unsolicited ones that come from a gmail account. I don’t know of a single SEO that is good at what they do that doesn’t have their own website and email. No professional SEO would use a Gmail account. πŸ™‚

  89. I almost fell for it. Was worried paying for my domain name when i saw the message in my email which in their word was immediate and my domain name will be sold to someone else in 3 days if i didn’t act. They are so pathetic and i think they should get a life. Any way thanks to a review like this cos I almost fell victim of this fraud. My question is how many people would have fallen to this type of deception? Sad!!

  90. Hi Chad,
    I hate myself did not read this before I click pay button. I have paid and I called bank to stop payment, but Citibank said it’s impossible to stop.
    I thought I have no chance to get money back. I would like to know except loss money what I might suffer.
    I have asked Citibank renew my credit card.

    • Hi Anita,

      Sorry to hear that you feel for this. The reality is there is not much personal risk to you (that I know of). Your domain will be registered with Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. The biggest downside is that you will be overpaying for your domain.

      Your bank should allow you to submit a dispute. Tell them that you were duped by a carefully crafted email scam that was designed to trick you into unknowingly transferring your domain. When the dispute is filed, the money is automatically credited back to your account. The company that charged the card will have 30 days (I think it’s 30 days) to respond to the dispute to justify the charges and prove they had the right to charge your credit card. If they can’t (or don’t), you get the money back, and the bank will charge back the company. The bank get’s there money because the credit card processing company of Domain SEO Corp will just pull it out of their next payment “batch”.

      The risk you take in doing this is that they might lock your domain or not allow you to transfer it back.

      My honest advise would be to take the loss (should have been less than $100), wait the required 60 days and then transfer the domain back to your registrar (Go Daddy, Namecheap, Hostgator, Network Solutions or wherever you purchased the domain from originally).

      You can do this by contacting whichever KNOWN registrar that you want to transfer the domain back to. It will cost you about $15 and the transfer process can take up to 7 days. You start by submitting the request FROM the registrar that you want to transfer it TO. The current registrar (Domain SEO Corp) will send you an authorization code. In a perfect world, you should be able to login to your account on Domain SEO Corp and request the transfer key / authorization code from there. However, something tells me they don’t make it easy for people they’ve duped to get there domains transferred back.

      Don’t worry if that’s the case or you can’t reach them by phone to request the transfer key / authorization code. If they do not respond after 7 days – the domain will automatically be transferred to the requesting registrar.

      Hope that info helps. Good Luck! You will get your domain back.

  91. Yep! I will admit it , They got me, I am 65 years old but usually prettty good at spotting these things , but this one had all the information gained through “whois” or similar,
    I originally started a dispute as I didn’t think I had authorised any such paymeny and I was refunded the money and thought it was over !
    These bastards then disputed the matter and sent 9 pages of evidence backing their legitimacy and the purchase.
    They included a “Case Summary Evidence” which is totally laughable , but now i am left in a position where it would be too costly to pursue further , It has already cost $30 to lodge the visa dispute

    • Hi Arthur,

      A simple (and inexpensive) way to deal with this is to wait the 60 days (it might be 90, but I can’t remember exactly) until you are allowed to transfer the domain to another registrar. Go to your previous registrar (where you bought the domain) and submit a domain transfer request. On Go Daddy, the cost is about $15. They are required to send you a transfer authorization code (might be called a “transfer key”) within 7 business days. When you get it, you enter it in the form at Go Daddy (or the registrar of your choice), and the domain will get transferred to your registrar. If they don’t respond within 7 days – it will automatically be transferred back.

      Good luck – sorry you got taken by these guys.

  92. Hi Chad,

    The email looked like spam, I just received it 2 minutes ago, but I am very appreciative that you took the time to post this information, so my mind was clear to go back to work. Very sorry to hear others were negatively impacted by it.

    Best regards,

    Scott

    • Hi Scott,

      I’m glad that my post helped keep you from spending to much time researching these guys. Tell your boss I said “your welcome”. πŸ™‚

      Chad

  93. I’ve been receiving these emails for well over a year. I just delete them but it’s annoying they are still in business and allowed to continue ripping people off.

    • Most of these companies are overseas. Very hard to shut them down, and even if you do, they just setup another website. This particular company has several that they use.

  94. Thanks Chad, you saved me 75$. As a thank you I’d be happy to give some money to a charity of your choice. I expect US and UK charities aren’t the same, so if you give me an idea of the sort of charity you favour (e.g. cancer research, third world poverty etc) I’ll send them the money.

    • Hi Paul – You just made my day. Thank you so much for your kind offer.

      As would have it – I sit on the board for a charity called Orphans Africa. We build schools for orphans in rural Tanzania where children have to pay to go to school. Our model is to build “self sustaining” schools. We accept approximately 50% non orphans and use their tuition to cover the cost of an orphan attending school. Because our schools have been so successful, those that can afford it WANT to attend our schools. We want to teach people how to bring themselves out of poverty vs create a system of dependence on westerners.

      Here is a link to our website if you are interested in checking out more about it. Orphans Africa

      You can donate from the website.

      If you would like to choose another organization for your donation – I would appreciate it being one that helps less fortunate children.

      Thanks again!

  95. FYI, on March 3, 2017, I filed a lawsuit, Michael C Worsham vs SEO Optimization Services Inc. and Matthias Taubert, Case #12-C-17-000548, in the Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland, regarding unsolicited email..

  96. Hi Chad ,
    Unfortunately they got us too and i clicked the link to submit payment but they never asked for any credit card information or anything of that nature, all it did was re-direct me to my website. Honestly I figured it was from go daddy. I didn’t really read the email to well. My fault.
    Do I need to be worried that they will charge me still? Or will I be ok. Without credit card info how can they get any money?
    Thank you,

    • Good Morning Jamie,

      No – you don’t have to worry about anything. In order for this “company” of scam artists to transfer your domain to them, you MUST fill out their form, unlock your domain, get the transfer code etc. There are a few steps to transferring a domain and they can’t be avoided – not even by these scam artists.

  97. The easiest way to spot these guys is know when your domain expires and who you bought it from. Mine all expire in 2021 so when the email says it expires soon, I know they are out-to-lunch and hit the delete button!

    • Hi Barb, That is definitely the easiest way. These guys are pretty sneaky though and they prey upon most peoples ignorance about Domain Names, Registrars, Hosting, etc. They do a pretty good job at making it look like they are the ones you purchased the domain name from.

      I would also add that if anyone is reading this and they are not sure who their registrar is, do a “Who Is” lookup on your domain and you will be able to see the registrar.

  98. How do we get rid of these emails? I have a long list of domains that I own and every single day I get one or two from this company, all pointing to different “SEO” web sites, but they all look the same. Godaddy’s email filters don’t filter them out, not matter what I do. I’m so sick of this company. I know not to fall for their scam, but most don’t.

    • Good Morning JG. The easiest way would be to setup a filter on your Outlook that automatically takes emails from the sender and places them in your deleted folder. Since these guys change their sending address often, you can also setup the filter to screen out based on a word or phrase. I would recommend starting with the company name as you don’t want to accidentally filter out valid emails that have the same word in them.

  99. Hello,
    Thanks for the help, We just received this kind of mail, with my personal details, how do they come up with this all personal details?

    • Hey Mitesh,

      Unless you pay for domain privacy from your registrar, your registration information is public.

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