Domain registration SPAM / SCAM

Unsurprisingly I’ve received a SPAM / SCAM email that at first glance looks like a domain registration renewal, but a closer inspection reveals “This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration”.

Have I missed something? When did you need to register for search engines?

Anyway, this is here more as search engine fodder. I figure the more people that report this, the more likely it will appear in Google for those checking the authenticity of an email. (and I’m not the only one reporting this, others have too)

According to WHOIS, the SCAMMER appears to be Mark Denaro, [email protected].

The domain being used in the SCAM emails is http://domainregistrat.com which when visited without the unique path, redirects you to http://iglobalmerchantservices.com/contact which seems to be a merchant services company. I don’t think I’d trust them.

The full WHOIS record (which is where he is scrapping your details from) is:

Domain Name: DOMAINREGISTRAT.COM
Registrar: MONIKER

Registrant [2949841]:
        Mark Denaro [email protected]
        RG
        200 Park Avenue South
        New York
        NY
        10003
        US

Administrative Contact [2949841]:
        Mark Denaro [email protected]
        RG
        200 Park Avenue South
        New York
        NY
        10003
        US
        Phone: +1.13474605327

Billing Contact [2949841]:
        Mark Denaro [email protected]
        RG
        200 Park Avenue South
        New York
        NY
        10003
        US
        Phone: +1.13474605327

Technical Contact [2949841]:
        Mark Denaro [email protected]
        RG
        200 Park Avenue South
        New York
        NY
        10003
        US
        Phone: +1.13474605327

Domain servers in listed order:

        NS1.WORLDWIDEPROMOTING.COM
        NS2.WORLDWIDEPROMOTING.COM

        Record created on:        2010-07-20 20:08:08.0
        Database last updated on: 2010-12-03 15:08:52.487
        Domain Expires on:        2011-07-20 20:08:09.0

Original email:

Attention: Important Notice

Domain Name: YOURDOMAINHERE.COM

Bill To: SURNAMEHERE, FIRSTNAMEHERE Invoice # 1300958085
Address from WHOIS record Invoice Date Mar 24, 2011
Terms Net 15
POSTCODE – US Due Date Apr 8, 2011
P.O. #

SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT

Domain Name Registration Price Term
YOURDOMAINHERE.COM Mar 24, 2011 – Mar 24, 2012 $75.00 1 Year
Attn SURNAMEHERE, FIRSTNAMEHERE

This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for YOURDOMAINHERE.COM.

Failure to complete your search engine registration by Apr 8, 2011 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).

Your registration includes search engine submission for YOURDOMAINHERE.COM for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by Apr 8, 2011. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register YOURDOMAINHERE.COM for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.

This Offer for YOURDOMAINHERE.COM will expire on Apr 8, 2011. Act today!

For Domain Name:
YOURDOMAINHERE.COM

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