Search Engine Registration Scam

online scams

In the last month or so, I have started receiving emails offering search engine registration for domains that I own. These offers are all worded very similar and have a subject that says:

“Domain Notification for exampledomain.com : This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing”

I have changed my actual domain name in the example here but these have been sent to me for a number of my domains. At first glance I thought that it was a request to renew my domain registration. But it is not and each time I checked my domain registration information, none of the domains had to be renewed.

When you read the information, it actually says “search engine registration” which is a lot different from your annual or multiple year domain registration with your domain registrar. So do not be fooled.

You really do not have to pay for registering your domain with the search engines. First, your site will be picked up by the search engines without you doing anything. Secondly, if you want to register it with the search engines, there are many free services online where you can register your site. Here are a couple that I have used in the past:

Entireweb.com Free Submission
FreeWebSubmission.com

But as I indicated earlier, your site will be found by the search engines so you do not have to pay for it.

As far as the search engine registration scam emails that we are receiving on a regular basis, here is a sample of one I received this morning:

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Subject: Domain Notification for exampledomain.com: This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing

Domain Notice <fpwqupppu@highmails.com>
5:38 PM

Attention: Important Notice, DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: exampledomain.com

ATT: J. Reinbold
exampledomain.com
Response Requested By
14 – Nov. – 2016

PART I: REVIEW NOTICE

Attn: J. Reinbold
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration.

Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.

Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine registration includes domain name search engine submission. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.

This Notice for: exampledomain.com will expire at 11:59PM EST, 14-Nov.-2016 Act now!

Select Package: http://jpcanadaco.com/domain/?domain=exampledomain.com

Payment by Credit/Debit Card

Select the term using the link above by 14 – Nov. – 2016
http://exampledomain.com
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Lets take a look at some of the information in the email. At the beginning of the email it has an email address – fpwqupppu@highmails.com which is where it was allegedly sent from. When I went to the domain “highmails.com” it does not exist. Plus if you look at the beginning of the email address “fpwqupppu” sure does not look like an address a company would use to do business.

Now lets take a look at the URL they want you to go to select the package:
“jpcanadaco.com/domain/?domain=exampledomain.com”. I went there and it is actually a page where you can fill out a form to register your website URL. They have their prices listed:

TOP 25 Engines Registration
1 Year – $47
TOP 25 Engines Registration
5 Years – $197 (SAVE : $38)
TOP 50 Engines Registration
1 Year- $97
TOP 50 Engines Registration
5 Years – $297 (SAVE $188)

They indicate on the page that they offer free and paid submissions but there was no way to opt for the free submission.

Note: When I went to the domain “jpcanadaco.com” it was a valid Canadian car importer web site. So it appears that they are using someones domain to get to their submission site.

When you click on their “Contact Us” link the web page comes up as:

Contact Information
To reduce the amount of junk mail we receive and to prevent spammers from harvesting our contact information, the email “@” symbol has been replaced with “[at]” in the address below. To contact us, simply reverse the replacement.

Email: info[at]jpcanadaco.com

Mail: Exalt’s Design PO Box 117 London, United Kingdom Phone : +447098720589

I did a search for the Exalt Design company and it came up with results in Australia and Nigeria, nothing in the United Kingdom.

My Recommendation – It is a Scam!

So the bottom line, to me this is purely a scam and it is something to be careful about. There are so many questions about the email that my recommendation is to stay away from it.

Thanks
Joe Reinbold
Associate of Wealthy Affiliate, where we train you to start an online business for Free!

16 Comments

  1. Your post was very informative and hopefully, new website developers will realize that they do not have to pay to have their website registered. They can do it themselves at no cost.
    As you rightfully say search engines will automatically detect our website.This information is very important to all web developers

    • Hi Richard, thanks for your visit and your comments, I really appreciate it. There is so much you can do for free today regarding getting an online business started but there are those that sell those services, many legal and ethical services, but then there are the scammers who are always looking to take advantage.

      It is an uphill battle. Thanks again and have a great day.

      Joe

  2. Joe,

    This actually happened to me too. I had some old domains which were defunct and I got the very same emails as you.

    Luckily I saw it for what it was, a scam. However, some others may not be so lucky. It’s frightening to think that people are making money doing this. It’s a warning to all of us doing business with domains.

    Don’t you think there should be some kind of emailware whereby we could stop spam emails like this? Obviously the existing spam protector isn’t cutting the mustard.

    • Hi Craig,

      Thanks for visiting and for your comments. Yes it is frightening that this situation exists and it seems that whenever the well runs dry for these people they are just on to some other scam. It would be nice if there was a way to stop them. In my regular email program (Eudora) it doesn’t stop them but it does put them into my spam folder where I can go through and trash them. With gmail, it doesn’t do it automatically, first you have to identify it and mark it as spam. Then it will go into the spam folder. But by that time, they have changed the email address they are sending from or spoofing and you have to start over. It is a pain!

      Again thanks and wish you the best of success.

      Joe

  3. good on you calling this out. every vulnerable and naive web master should be aware of this… there are so many scams out there like this which prey on people who are starting their own internet businesses who are desperate to achieve rankings when they don’t realise that rankings are based on quality content – NOT software shortcuts.

    • Hi Steve, you hit the nail on the head! Everyday I check my email about 60 % of it is garbage, some just plain spam and others scams. And you are right about the quality content. If you don’t have that it doesn’t much matter whether you are registered with the search engines or not. Thanks for visiting my site and for your comments. Really appreciate it. Have a great day.

      Joe

  4. Hey Joe,
    Many times I receive spam emails asking money for simple tasks like these. If you take a look at fiverr, there are people selling search engine submissions and have many reviews. Also, there are sites that resell these scam services for more money. Search submission is one of the many little scams you can find on these sites.

    • Hi llias, Thanks for visiting my site and for your comments. A lot of these offers you receive by email are unsolicited and mainly spam and not scams. And fiverr does sell them and they are most likely valid offers or they would not be able to stay and sell on Fiverr. The scams are the ones like I had as an example where they use fake names and spoof some other owners web address to hide thier identity. So I am not saying that all these offers are scams, people do pay for the service. What I am saying is check them out carefully as with any unsolicited offer to make sure they are on the up and up so you don’t get burned.

      Again thanks and I wish you the best of success.

      Joe

  5. Hi there! I just read your article about the search engine registration scam and just had to drop you a few lines. I knew exactly what you were talking about here as soon as I saw your article!

    The other day I opened up my email and received the very same email. There was a different domain used on the one that I received but apart from that it was exactly the same. I clicked the link, just to see what it would take me to, but the link was dead.

    I’m sure many people will get scammed by this since it makes inexperienced people think that they need to pay for their search engine placement.

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate them. Seems I am getting these more frequent now. While there are many honest individuals and companies that are offering these type services there are always the scammers mixed in with them. And like you say, it is the inexperienced entrepreneurs who get caught up in the scammers offers since they do not do enough research before they get involved.

      Again thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comments. Have a great day.

      Joe

  6. Wow! This has got to be a new low for people. Luckily, most internet marketers know what you have mentioned which is that the search engines automatically index your site as you put content.

    You mention that there are services similar to this that are legit based on the above comments. How do you know the difference between them?

    Jessie

    • Hi Jessie,

      Thanks for visiting my site, I really appreciate it. Actually you can go to the search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo and register your site directly with them at no cost. One of the private companies that I use that is free is http://www.freewebsubmission.com/ I have used them for a number of years.

      Again thanks for your comments and I wish you the best of success.

      Joe

  7. I just got scammed .. My domain is due to renew and I thought this was the ligitimate renewal message. Too late my payment went through before I realized it was not my domain renewal notice. $66.00 CDN on my card.

    • Hi Melody, Sorry to hear that you got scammed with that one. I get one or two of those a week since I have 30 different domains. I would call your credit card company right away and report it as a fraud and see if they can help. Joe

  8. I received the same email yesterday. Knew it was a scam but replied for a laugh with:
    “Dear Sir
    I have just received your email about my new domain. I am new to owning a website and did not realise that I had to register for the search engine. I also have no idea about the cost – I am a new business start up with little capital.
    Would you please reply letting me know about the costs involved and what those costs are actually for.
    Please reply quickly as I do not want to risk missing the deadline for any payments I need to make.
    Thank you.”

    They then sent me a link to their payment page so I replied (sorry about the swear words!):
    “Thank you for sending me a direct link to your site where I can give you my hard earned money for you to enjoy. Your a bunch of scam artists low life shits. Hope you all get caught and locked up soon.”

    Well business was quiet today and I was bored!

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