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    Domain scam

    A Google search for "domain registry of canada" turns up several reports. I searched today after receiving an official-looking letter offering to renew one of my domains - sadly, NOT my domain that ends in .CA. That made me suspicious.

    I contacted my current host and they replied Ignore it! That is just an underhanded (in my opinion) company called "Domain Registry of Canada" who preys on innocent, ignorant domain owners, who don't understand how the whole domain registration thing works and who might think because of the name that there is some sort of government connection. They are just another option for domain registration that i have never used, because as you can see it's twice the price!

    I am, of course, one of the Great Unwashed Public when it comes to domain names; that's OK. That's why in matters like these I tend to business with local people with whom I can meet face-to-face, and of whom I can make a decision.

    Nonetheless, it's easy to be fooled. And I'm sure that this is not the only company to have hit on the scam^H^H^H^H scheme of milking cash out of unsuspecting buyers.

    I suppose like most deals, if one is on unfamiliar turf, it always pays to get a second opinion.

    I'm glad that I did.

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    Re: Domain scam

    <hr>...to have hit on the scam^H^H^H^H scheme... <hr>
    I know this is completely off YOUR subject, Chris, but what is that quoted text supposed to represent? I think the carat-H represents a Control-H, but why and what is the purpose in your post?

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    Re: Domain scam

    I think that's ASCII for "backspace", an affectation Chris has brought to the web from a less graphically-oriented medium. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Domain scam

    What is the offer? I used to get a few of these, and we posted an alert or two on our web site (e.g., .BIZ and .INFO). If you Google on some of the phrases in the letter, I'm sure you'll find lots of pages, not unlike what happens if you search for terms related to Nigerian fortunes being deposited to your bank account.

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    Re: Domain scam

    > What is the offer?

    You can view a sample here. Note the $40.00.

    The offer is that they'll charge me twice what I'm currently paying, but only if I order before Feb 17, a full four months before the same re-registration would be processed automatically under my current supplier's $cdn20 p.a. agreement.

    That is, I can lend them twice as much money as is required and they can make interest on it for four months.

    > affectation Chris has brought to the web from a less graphically-oriented medium

    Correct. I still have a great affectation^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Haffection for them good old days, when we used to feed our messages in at high-speed from a pre-punched paper tape. All 7 tracks of it! (Can you say "Clackety-Clack" ten times per second?)

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    Re: Domain scam

    <hr>...when we used to feed our messages in at high-speed from a pre-punched paper tape... <hr>
    But we haven't done that for a long, long time Chris. Would you consider getting over it, please? All those extraneous characters do nothing for your posts. My opinion only, of course.

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    Re: Domain scam

    Maybe the people who brought us the highlight tag can, in their free time, bring us the strikethrough tag. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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