Notice to all our customers regarding any emails from DNSireland.org
We’ve had a number of enquiries from our clients over the past few weeks who have received emails from a “Brendan Ryan” firstname.lastname@example.org
We strongly advise anyone to ignore these emails and block them, do not purchase anything from them. A search in Google for “DNSireland scam” reveals that many other’s are warning this looks like a complete scam!
- ‘It’s a con, pure and simple’: Why you should ignore those DNS Ireland emails
“The latest scam email to do the rounds among Irish businesses involves attempts to lure them to buy similar domains from ‘DNS Ireland’.”
- DNS Ireland SCAM — Watch out Irish business owners
“On the surface their website looks convincing however this is 100% scam territory.”
- Spiral Hosting has today warned our Irish clients of a domain registration scam from dnsIreland.org. “The company claims to be “founded in 2009 in the heart of Dublin”, however their website domain was only registered in August 2018 and their directors are based in the Netherlands.
So what does this email from DNSireland look like?
The emails received are looking to sell you a domain name, similar to your existing .IE domain for a period of 10 years for € 199.50.
Some of our customers contact us asking “should I be worried about this” because we would normally manage their domain name renewals. Another reason they are worried is because the language used within the emails (see below) is designed to make people concerned without any good reason, frankly, it’s a low-ball sales tactic. What’s worse though is DNSireland does not look anything like a real company from what other’s are saying.
We are advising our clients to ignore these emails!
In some cases it does make sense to purchase domain names similar to your existing business name so that you control any intellectual property associated with your business, to prevent someone else buying those domains.
If you would like to register or research new domain names for your business then please get in touch email@example.com we can arrange everything for you and manage domain renewals.
Below is example email received from firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is example email transcript:
From: Brendan | DNS Ireland <email@example.com>Date: 9 January 2019 at 16:23:13 GMT
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Subject: Your domain name
We have received a request for the registration of the website www.similarbusinessname.com Our system shows that you are the owner of www.yourbusinessname.ie. This can have far-reaching consequences for you in the future. We are therefore under the obligation to contact you, in order to offer you the first right of registration. This means that we will reject the application of the third party and the website:
After agreement we will link this website to:
This means that you will have the first option on the domain name, in order to avoid possible future problems.
We are usually under the obligation to register the domain name and to protect it for a period of 10 years. The annual price for the .COM extension is € 19.95 per year. This means a one-off payment of € 199.50. When the link has been completed, all the Internet traffic that goes to the .COM extension, will be automatically linked to your current extension and website. This process will take a maximum of 24 hours. This domain name will then have a worldwide reach. The third party will be rejected and can no longer use your domain name.
– You will receive a one-off invoice of € 199.50, exclusive of VAT, for a term of 10 years.
– This contract can be cancelled at all times after the first term of one year. The paid amount for the remaining number of years will be refunded to your account.
If you agree to our offer, please send an agreement by email within 48 hours after receipt of this email, stating your name, address and VAT number in a reply to this e-mail address.
The third party will subsequently be rejected by us, and we will then complete the link. You will receive a confirmation and all the information you need by email on the same day.
With kind regards,