Fraudulent solicitation alert: read first before coughing up

A while back, our client received a letter from Domain Listing Service Corp (dlscorp.net) regarding one of their domain names (www.example.com). The single sheet of paper does not include anything other than how to make payment, payment information, 2 pages worth of seemingly legitimate information, and asking $65 for search engine listing service.

A quick scan would make this solicitation appear almost legitimate, especially if you are not terribly Internet savvy. Sprinkled with phrases such as “reference number,” “notice date,” “how to make payment,” “to ensure listing by this, please remit payment on or before this date,” “for online payment,” “description of services,” “subscription includes,” who wouldn’t trust this solicitation disguised as a bill? After all, it IS your domain name. Even the envelope to send in the payment looks genuine with “Please include your Remittance Stub,” “Do not send cash as payment,” at the back of the envelope.

The only red flag to this solicitation is this phrase buried deep under two pages of text.
“This is not a bill. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated unless you accept this offer.”

We have no doubt that they have scammed a lot of victims into paying. If you are a skeptic however, you would do a search in a search engine before paying for it since you have never heard of this company, even though the name sounds extremely familiar due to the their choice of common Internet names. A quick Google search on “dlscorp.net” have turned up with a lot of results. With results like “Fake Listing Service Scam (DLSCORP.NET)” on the first page of the search results, it would be wise to kindly toss the letter where it belongs: in the trash can.

Additional research have revealed that this DLSCORP has also used the name ILSCORP to scam people before for domain renewal service.

Tip
When it comes to Internet related bills, search before you pay. Make sure you know exactly what you are paying for, for what, and to whom.