People still getting duped by Internet domain scams

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People still getting duped by Internet domain scams

Falling to domain name scam could cost you in the order of $8,000, warns consumer watchdog ACCC.

We have reported on a number of online scams recently, including emails impersonating the ATO, airlines, Australia Post and banks.

Now comes a fresh warning about a scam that's been around for years, and appears to still be around - the domain name scam.

The ACCC have warned small businesses to be wary of invitations to register or renew their Internet domain. Particularly contents of emails that contain [information quoted from the business.gov.au site]:

 

  • Requests to pay a fee in return for securing their business domain name overseas
  • Claiming that their overseas domain name is about to expire
  • Prompts to register their domain name before another business does.

According to the ACCC, recent scams have cost business owners "more than $8,000".

The ACCC has more information about domain name scams here

 

The ACCC also has this page about scams encouraging businesses to register web site domains for countries overseas.

 

 

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