Watch out for fake Paypal invoices for GoDaddy domains !

CAUTION: There is a scammer sending real PayPal invoices en masse to domain registrants. If you receive a PayPal invoice for renewal of a domain, be very cautious… it may very well be a fake!

Scammer is sending PayPal invoices for domain renewals.

Fake domain name renewal emails are not  new, but some aspects of one making the rounds are.

A Domain Name Wire reader received a fake renewal notice today. Instead of being sent from the scammer, the person sent it as a PayPal invoice. Here’s what it looks like:

The message on the invoice states:

The paid registration period of the domain [domain] expired. It is necessary to pay for the prolongation of domain name within a day from the date of having notice. We would like to inform you that if payment is not made within the specified time frame, domain delegation will be terminated. The domain will be deleted from the registry and can be accessible for registration to other customers.

The link goes directly to PayPal to make the payment, and the invoice includes the GoDaddy logo:

Anyone can upload the logo of their choice in order to send fake PayPal invoices. They are supposed to use their own logo, though.

Obviously, the scammer is scraping the Whois to send these invoices.

The good news is that PayPal offers buyer protection, even for digital goods. Hopefully, PayPal will be on to this quickly as it has systems in place to prevent such scams.

Advice: Log into your GoDaddy account if you suspect the invoice you are receiving seems undue or weird.

Last but not least: Always check who is sending you the email by highlighting the name of sender. It is really amazing sometimes as they do not even use an email address that slightly resembles the company they are using for their scamming.

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