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Domain name fraud

What it is

When someone pretends to offer you – or falsely charges you for – a website address.

Protect yourself

  • Hang up on cold callers offering domain names. Don't be put under pressure to buy.
  • Do your own research with a provider you know and trust. Know how much a domain name is worth by shopping around.
  • Know who supplies your domain name, and be ready to challenge any invoices from suppliers you don’t recognise.

Spot the signs

  • You’re called out of the blue with an offer for a very desirable domain name.
  • You’re told someone else is about to buy the address and you have to decide right now if you want it.
  • You’re invoiced for a domain name you don’t use, or from a supplier you’ve never bought from before.

How it happens

Fraudsters find domain names that sound suitable either for yourself or for the name of your business. They’ll put you under pressure to buy so you don’t have time to check their authenticity or how much the domain name is really worth, or if it’s even for sale at all.

They may take your payment details and break all contact afterwards without giving you the promised domain.

Some fraudsters send bogus invoices for domains you don’t own, or have researched the domains you do own and pose as your supplier to demand a renewal fee.

How to report it

If Fraud has been committed report it to Action Fraud. For more advice and to raise any concerns, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

Source - Action Fraud

Date Published: Aug 26, 2021

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person.

Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

Corporate fraud

Corporate fraud can be any fraud committed against a business.

Individual fraud

Individual fraud could be any fraud that targets a person directly. Individual frauds can differ from frauds affecting businesses and other organisations.

Online fraud

Some fraudsters rely on the internet to commit their crimes. Learn about some different types of internet frauds that and how to protect yourself and get safe online.

Identity fraud and identity theft

Identity theft is when your personal details are stolen and identity fraud is when those details are used to commit fraud.
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