Domain Registry of America
A large number of customers are reporting receiving letters from either The
Domain Registry of America, Domain Renewal Group, Domain Registry of Europe or EU Registry Services.
These companies are not in any way connected with us (Eqwebs Ltd., Equestrian
Websites, BD-Sites, Designer Websites or Websites UK.net) and unless you take up the offer
in the letter they have no control of or connection with your domain name
registered with us.
These letters appear to be domain renewal notices but on closer inspection are
actually offers to transfer your domain name to another registrar. If you take
up the offer you will lose some of the services that we currently provide with
your domain name. You will also have to manage the domain name yourself to
ensure it links correctly to your website.
The UK Advertising Watchdog Authority (ASA) has previously slammed Domain
Registry of Europe over similar mail shots. DRoE, however, maintained that the
notices were "not a bill, rather an easy means of payment should you decide to
register or renew your domain(s) with us". Whilst these letters may not be
illegal they are definitely a scam to induce you transfer your domain name
registration to their system.
If your domain name is registered through us , provided your account is not
seriously in arrears or we have previously informed you that we are not renewing
your domain name registration, we always renew domain names prior to
the renewal date to ensure that they are not "lost".
We strongly urge you not to take up the offer in the "Domain Name
Expiration Notice" sent out by Domain Registry of America or their associate
Here are some details on the companies involved:
Domain Registry of America
This company has already, in 2003, been barred from carrying out this practice
in the USA by the Federal Trade Commission. Click
Here to read the FTC
press release. Please also click
Here to see an article in The Register published 6th January 2004.
They also operate in the UK and Europe under the name Domain Registry of
Domain Renewal Group
This company sends out notices in exactly the same format as the ones sent by
Domain Registry of America. They also operate from the same office premises in
both the UK and USA as does Domain Registry of America.
EU Registry Services
This company operates out of St Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK and seems to only send
letters to registrants in the UK. You can read more about this company's other
activities by clicking
This company now operates as Domain Registry Services.
Domain Registry Services
The letters come from: Domain Registry Services, Compass House, Vision Park,
Cambridge. CB4 9AD and state that the domain name will stop working if you do
not pay them. This is not true. Only your current registrar can process a
renewal so if you do not renew through us your domain name will stop working.
If you receive a letter from them you should report it to Cambridgeshire Trading
Standards as they are investigating it - Click
Here for contact details.