I recently received a misleading SEO offer via email from Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. I might have been tricked into paying this bill if I hadn’t seen this trickery before.

As a web designer I am registered as the technical contact on many, many domain registrations and it appears that is why I’ve seen this message before for some of my clients.

How Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. Misleads You

The email is official looking enough and sets a tone of urgency by stating in bold underlined words:  Attention: Important Notice and then EXPIRATION OFFER NOTICE.  Those words would get most people’s attention.  It goes on to list my domain name and adds the following:

This important expiration notification notifies you about the expiration offer notice of your domain registration for peacockcreative.net  search engine submission. The information in this expiration notification may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the Domain SEO Service Registration to purchase our SEO Traffic Generator. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above.
If you fail to complete your domain name registration peacockcreative.net  search engine service by the expiration date, may result in the cancellation of this domain name notification offer notice.

Now, that’s a mouthful. And as most of us tend to scan rather than read every word they’ve underlined enough key words to make us think our domain name is going to expire.

In fact, what is expiring is their offer to provide you with SEO services. So, don’t be surprised if you receive additional warnings.

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Given the shady nature of the offer I doubt the SEO services would be worth the money they are requiring.

Oh, and in very faint colored text in the footer of the email I find this:

THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A NOTIFICATION OFFER. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS NOTIFICATION OFFER.

But since it is almost as white as the background, most people won’t see this.  So, be warned.  Though this is the first time I’ve seen it, this misleading advertising has been going on at least since 2009. Read more about the SEO scam here or here.

If you are looking for honest and transparent help with SEO, I encourage you to contact us here.  We’ll be happy to discuss your goals and discuss ways to help you achieve them.

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