Many webmasters are currently receiving an email notice that their domain name visibility is at risk and requesting they purchase domain name search engine registration services.
The subject matter of the email is “Domain Notification for xxxx.com: This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing”. These emails are a scam, and should be ignored.
The problem with these type of emails is that they can look somewhat legitimate and sound incredibly scary, especially for businesses that rely on their website traffic. Furthermore, the notice seems fairly official, containing your name and even contact details. In reality, these details are just obtained from Whois details, and we suspect they are targeting webmasters that had made recent Whois or DNS changes to their website (A copy was sent to us after changing DNS entries of a test domain).
We have reproduced a copy of the spam email below:
ATT: JONATHAN GRIFFIN
REGISTRANT CONTACT: +44.xxxxxxxxxxx
Response Requested By
23 – November – 2015
PART I: REVIEW NOTICE
Attn: JONATHAN GRIFFIN
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine registration includes domain name search engine submission. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: tabblr.com will expire at 11:59PM EST, 23 – November – 2015 Act now!
Select Term and Package Here
Payment by Credit/Debit Card
Select the term using the link above by 23 – November – 2015
Search Engine Registration Packages
The email provides a link to another website offering Search Engine Registration services with price ranging from $47 to $297. You can see a screenshot of the packages below:
Google Confirms These are a Scam
John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, commented:
This mirrors our view that search engine registration services are not required at all. Google and other search engines automatically crawl the web, and there is no need to register your site with them for your site to show up in Google. Also, there are no SEO or other benefits for doing so.
Surprisingly, some web hosts offer similar packages (although much cheaper i.e. TMDHosting), and the principle of paying to get listed in the main search engines is something you should avoid, no matter where you encounter it.