Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 5, 2014

W.Va. official warns of web domain scam

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning small businesses and company website managers about a new scam.

Morrisey says the scam tries to trick its targets into paying a large premium for website domain names, which are used to locate entities on the Internet. They are relatively inexpensive to acquire, which make them a valuable tool for small businesses who want to build an online presence.

The scam typically appears via an email message that appears to be from a foreign domain registration service. It says another company has asked to register the email recipient’s business name as a website in a foreign country. The scammer offers to register the targeted company’s name overseas instead of letting the other company use the name.

 

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