Internet Management Security

Domain Name Scam

Is this a scam? Almost certainly.

I recently received the following e-mail from a company called ids/us:

Dear Sir/Madam,

One of our customers has applied for the domain name Since you are the owner of, we would like to inform you about this registration request.

If our customer registers this name, this can have serious implications for your company. It may lead to confusion in Google search results because a third party is using the same name. In the worst case, this can even lead to image damage.

However, you have the option to register the domain name. As the holder of, you have the first registration option with us. In this way, you will avoid any problems with another company operating under the same name.

Are you interested in this option? Here are all the conditions:

They go on to tell me how much it will cost to buy the name from them.

Fortunately my name (Emmott) spelled as we do, is fairly unusual so the odds of another larry emmott  applying for the name are minuscule. That alone told me this was not really legitimate, however if you had a more common name I can see an unwary web user being taken in.

I asked my friends at TNT Dental about this and they agreed it was a scam and that they see things like it all the time.

If you get anything like this do NOT click anything it may be a phisihing scam as well. Check with your web developer and or your IT professional to be sure, use common sense and be skeptical.