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  • Writer's pictureKen Suddith

Website Host & Domain Scams

Updated: May 3, 2023

Domain name and website host scams are unfortunately common and can easily trick unsuspecting individuals and businesses. In this blog post, we will discuss what these scams entail, how they work, and how to protect yourself from falling victim to them.

Domain name scams:

A domain name is the web address that people use to find your website. Scammers may contact you and claim that someone else is trying to register a domain name that is similar to yours, or that they can help you renew or transfer your domain name for a fee. In reality, they may be trying to trick you into giving them money, handing over your domain name, or even stealing your identity.

Website host scams:

Website hosting involves renting server space to store your website files and make them accessible on the internet. Scammers may contact you and claim that your website is experiencing technical problems or that your hosting plan needs to be upgraded. They may offer to fix the problems or upgrade your plan for a fee, but in reality, they may be trying to trick you into paying for services you don't need or accessing your sensitive information.

How to protect yourself from domain name and website host scams:

  1. Be wary of unsolicited emails or phone calls claiming to be from a domain registrar or website host. Legitimate companies rarely contact customers in this way.

  2. Only renew or transfer your domain name through the official website of your domain registrar. Be sure to verify the website's URL and security certificate before entering any sensitive information.

  3. Check your domain registration and website hosting status regularly. Make sure they are up-to-date and paid for in advance to prevent scammers from swooping in.

  4. Be cautious of any unexpected charges or requests for payment related to your domain name or website hosting. Contact your provider directly to verify the legitimacy of the request.

  5. Use a reputable domain registrar and website hosting provider. Do your research and read reviews from other customers before signing up for any services.

In conclusion, domain name and website host scams are a serious threat to anyone with an online presence. Stay vigilant, be cautious, and always verify the legitimacy of any requests for payment or sensitive information. By following these tips, you can protect yourself and your business from falling victim to these scams.


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