This scam is not new. In fact, it has been going on for years even after the courts have stepped in. If you receive the letter below from the Domain Registry of America, toss it. It is misleading and gives the false impression that your domain name will not be renewed.
This letter states that this particular domain name (grayed out) will expire on April 22, 2010. In fact, the domain name will not expire since it is set up on an automatic renewal with GoDaddy.
Domain Registry of America calls this a renewal. The wording is misleading and I consistently get calls from my clients. What the Domain Registry of America is doing is, in fact, a domain name transfer. The FTC has stepped in and filed this injunction.
Perhaps this letter now satisfies the legal aspects. However, it does not change the situation that they want you to pay more for your domain name than necessary. Domain names currently cost about $10 a year through GoDaddy/NameCheap…