The return of the Domain Scammers
Local small business customers, BOLO for the new Domain Networks SCAM letter.
We received this letter today. Why do I call it a SCAM? Because so many of my customers have fallen for this and paid the money thinking they would lose their website name (Domain name). I know the letter is marked all over that it is MARKETING SERVICES. It even says it is for ANNUAL WEBSITE DOMAIN LISTING. They even go so far as to write THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A SOLICITATION. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED ABOVE UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER.
Yet over and over I help my clients get their money back. Years ago when I first started seeing this they were not adding all the additional info about it being for marketing.
As the years have gone on I still see people fall for this. I am not so sure that credit card companies will refund the money now since it is marked everywhere so I do what I can to stop my clients from falling for it.
My best advice ... if you get one of these letters in the mail, throw it away. As of today, there are only 21 businesses in Daytona Beach and 20 in Ormond Beach. I will be reaching out to my clients who are on this list to see if they really meant to do it. Maybe I can prevent them from falling for it next year.
It would be better to invest your money in a listing platform, such as Turbify.com and spend a little time making sure your company information is up to date and that it gets corrected on all the web listing services that do matter (such as Google, Bing, Yelp, Yahoo, Verizon, etc.)
From my own experience with Turbify, I did not find it difficult and it really helps to have all of your information across all the listings the same.
But as far as I can tell, Domain Networks listing will not do anything beneficial for your business. Invest in the ones that do.
As always, if you have any questions on our experience with the listing companies, etc. just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.