Domain Registry of America (DROA) SCAM!
July 7, 2006
We have discovered that a company called “Domain Registry of America” or “DROA” has been emailing domain name owners with deceptive messages about domain transfers. The goal of the emails is to trick people into transferring their domain names away from their existing domain name provider. The emails falsely claim to be a response to a transfer request made by the current owner and should NOT be acted upon. This has been going on for over a year and several of our clients have been duped by this scam. Once DROA takes over ownership it can be somewhat difficult to regain control of the domain. This is in addition to the phenomenally high prices they charge (they make it sound like you get a good deal with them).
This scam seems to be targeting .com domains only and I haven’t seen any cases yet for other domains.
If people wish to express their concern, they can contact The Federal Trade Commission (in the US) at www.ftc.gov or the Ministry of Consumer Affairs’ scam watch (NZ) at www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz/scamwatch/