Some of our clients have alerted us to a supposed Domain Name Service (DNS) back-up service provider by the name DNS Services (DNSsvc.com) with a business address in Vancouver, Washington.
If you receive what looks like an invoice from this company via mail or email, do not respond to it or make a payment – it is simply a bogus solicitation that does not apply to any of our clients.
Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon scam.
Typically, a business will receive a mailed piece that on the surface looks like an invoice for "DNS Backup Business Services," or "Renew Your Domain Now," or something similar. This solicitation provides a detachable pay statement to mail in along with your check. If you read through the "invoice" thoroughly, you might see the following disclaimer:
"This is a solicitation for the order of goods or services, or both, and not a bill, invoice, or statement of account due. You are under no obligation to make any payments on account of this offer unless you accept this offer."
There have been some reports that this disclaimer was not present on some mailers. If that turns out to be true, DNS Services could be charged with mail fraud.
Should you want to learn more, this DNS Services scam is getting lots of coverage on the Web:
Ripoff Report (Several entries, including this one)
Yelp (It's ironic that their own Yelp page exposes them as the fraud that they are!)
If you do not know who your current domain registrar is, feel free to contact us for that information. You should ONLY receive domain renewal invoices directly from your current domain registrar, or from us at Byte Productions if we manage your domain for you. As always, we at Byte Productions invite you to contact us with any questions about your website’s hosting, DNS, domain registration, etc.
Our thanks go out to those clients who alerted us!
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