The most you should pay for a domain name is $12 and you can pick them up for less if your have the right coupon code. However, there are some very tricky emails going around that try to give you the impression that they have the same domain name as yours but with a different extension.
I recently received an email from flexmediadomains. com stating the following:
Hello, my name is Jonathan Waltz from Flex Media.
[domain name].com will be available for purchase in a few days.
Since you own [domain name].org, I thought you might be interested in [domain name].com.
Your purchase will be a one time fee only that includes one year of complimentary registration.
You also have the option to forward [domain name].com to [domain name].org at no cost. After purchasing [domain name].com you will never be charged again by Flex Media.
If you do have an interest in buying [domain name].com, please visit:
Once [domain name].com is available for purchase, one of my account specialists will contact you.
Thank you and have a great day.
Flex Media Inc
7777 Davie Road Ext, Suite 106B, Hollywood, FL 33024
If you do not want to hear from us ever again, please let us know by clicking on:
or writing to Flex Media Inc, 7777 Davie Road Ext, Suite 106B, Hollywood, FL 33024.
It may take up to ten days for this to take effect.
I clicked on the link and was presented with an offer field, so I entered $8. I received the following message “Please note that we will not consider offers below 75 USD”
Wow! $75 for what should cost $9, those are not cheap domain names!
I should also mention that this email was sent to [my domain].protect@whoisguard. com, which is not permitted and considered spamming.
I looked up the domain information, and it was the ‘renewal grace period’ so I decided to wait and see what happens; a few days later I received this message from Domain Brand Protection.
Hi, my name is Richard Weinstein and I represent Domain Brand Protection.
I have reserved [domain name].com for you.
You may be interested in [domain name].com because you own [domain name].org
You can place your order for [domain name].com for a one time fee of $19 here:
Your order will include one year of complimentary registration.
You can forward [domain name].com to [domain name].org if you want at no cost.
You will obtain [domain name].com IMMEDIATELY after completing the purchase form.
Again, this is a ONE TIME fee to acquire the domain.
Domain Brand Protection will never charge you again for [domain name].com after your purchase.
To see transfer information for [domain name].com please visit:
Thank you for your business
Domain Brand Protection
Address: 1128 Royal Palm Beach Blvd, Suite 243, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411, USA
Phone: (561) 247-0874
Email: store@domainbrandprotection. com
Website: domainbrandprotection. com
To stop receiving future emails from Domain Brand Protection, please click:
You may also contact us via postal mail at 1128 Royal Palm Beach Blvd, Suite 243, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411.
It may take up to twelve days for your notice to take effect.
I clicked on the paypal button and it came back with a price of $19, not as expensive as $75, but still not cheap domain names.
Here is the trick – a company searches for all registered .org domains and then monitors the same domain name with .com extensions that are about to expire. A couple of weeks before the experiation, they send out spam to the owners of the .org telling them they have reservied the .org.
The unsuspecting target (you) tries to buy the domain from another source, but it’s already taken (really, it’s still in redemption mode). So the target figures it’s really reserved and ends up paying the outrageous fee! If the target had only waited a couple of weeks, the domain would become available and could be purchased from anyone.
In my case, I went to my favorite domain registrar and purchased the .com for $9, obviously proving they never reserved the domain name.
And worse, when you register within some of these misleading companies, they can make it hard for you to get out of their contract never reveal that you don’t own the domain, they do and if you want transfer rights, you’ll have to pay big fees!
Suggestion: If you receive offers such as I did, DO NOT click on any of the links, instead, go to a registrar that offers cheap domain names and register with them. Only after you have registered the domain name should you then click on any links if you feel the need.
If you’re looking for cheap domain names, then look for a company that is popular, has domain names for less than $12 and offers free whois protection!