New European identity for renewal mailout specialists. Date: Friday July 12 2002, @04:36AM Topic:Registrars
unsolicited writes "The company that has previously used the trading names "Internet Registry of Canada" and "Internet Registry of America" for the purposes of sending unsolicited renewal mailings to unsuspecting registrants has now moved into Europe."
Using the trading name "Domain Registry of Europe" and the European Union flag, they are now sending renewal mailings to gTLD registrants in the UK. These mailings are almost identical to those it has sent out to US and Canadian registrants using the trading names "Domain Registry of America" "Domain Registry of Canada" and "Internet Registry of Canada". See examples of these mailings at domainscams.com. See also the Canadian Competition Bureau's public warning
Though these mailings are carefully worded and include statements such as "This notice is not a bill", there are a number of worrying omissions:
(1) The URL they list - www.droe.com - does not resolve [It does now -- jtw]
(2) They list a London address but a Toronto, Canada phone number which goes to voicemail despite their claim to offer 24x7 customer service
(3) They list a London address but are not charging UK VAT nor listing their UK VAT registration number. This is an offence under UK Customs and Excise regulations.
(4) They do not list the registrar they use (eNom according to domainscams.com) in their Registration Agreement as is required under clause 3.7.7 of ICANN's Registrar Accreditation Agreement.
View a copy of the "Domain Registry of Europe" mailout here.
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These folks are also still sending out renewal mailings under the banner "Domain Registry of America" listing, somewhat amazingly, .biz, .info and even .us domains. Given that all of these spaces are currently only available for a minimum of 2 years and are no more than 12 months old this is somewhat curious indeed...