A client had just forwarded this email on to me asking for advice, the YourDomain.com was his domain and the .net variation he did not own.
We have received a request for the registration of the website www.YourDomain.net Our system shows that you are the owner of www.YourDomain.com. This can have far-reaching consequences for you in the future. We are therefore under the obligation to contact you, in order to offer you the first right of registration. This means that we will reject the application of the third party and the website:
After agreement we will link this website to:
This means that you will have the first option on the domain name, in order to avoid possible future problems.
We are usually under the obligation to register the domain name and to protect it for a period of 10 years. The annual price for the .NET extension is £19.95 per year. This means a one-off payment of £199.50. When the link has been completed, all the Internet traffic that goes to the .NET extension, will be automatically linked to your current extension and website. This process will take a maximum of 24 hours. This domain name will then have a worldwide reach. The third party will be rejected and can no longer use your domain name.
– You will receive a one-off invoice of £199.50, exclusive of VAT, for a term of 10 years.
– This contract can be cancelled at all times after the first term of one year. The paid amount for the remaining number of years will be refunded to your account.
If you agree to our offer, please send an agreement by email within 48 hours after receipt of this email, stating your name, address and VAT number in a reply to this e-mail address.
The third party will subsequently be rejected by us, and we will then complete the link. You will receive a confirmation and all the information you need by email on the same day.
With kind regards,
So whats happening? basically they are trying to bully you into registering a domain through them at about 100% markup over what it would cost if you registered it yourself. There most likely isn’t another company “making a request” and even if there was there is nothing stopping you registering the domain yourself direct with a company like 123-reg or similar.
Should you register other variations of your domain? yes, if you can afford to do so its worth buying up any variations of your domain you can, should you do it with a company like the one above? not a chance.