DomainRegistrar.ie has today warned customers of a domain registration scam.
Internet Register Ireland has been sending letters to many of our customers and even sending letters directly to us. The company is registered in Germany, although have PO Boxes in Ireland, the UK and France. The letters request payment of €2874 over 3 years (€958 a year) for website registration services. This is a scam. Customers are advised to disregard the letter and do not respond. Please contact us if you are not sure about any email, fax or letter you receive and we can advise you further.
In September 2008 the IE Domain Registry (the official .ie registry) issued this press release:
It has once again come to the attention of the IEDR that a company operating under the name “Internet Register Ireland” is contacting businesses with registered .ie domain names by post and by fax, soliciting domain holders to register their domain name with the “Internet Register Ireland“. The “Internet Register Ireland” will request you to fill out their form and return it to them signed. It should be noted that they charge an excessive fee of approx €958 for the registration of your domain name in their database. The “Internet Register Ireland” previously operated the same practice in Ireland in September 2007 and November 2006 and have been operating similar schemes throughout Europe and Canada throughout the past year.
We would like to reassure all of our customers that no such organisation has been authorised to act on behalf of the IEDR. If you are contacted in this manner we would recommend that you disregard this letter and advise anyone you know who owns a domain name of this activity.
If you require Internet services for your domain name we would advise you to contact an official IE Registrar.