Domain scammers


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    So I bought a domain name Saturday evening that I have yet to do anything with.

    I apparently missed the checkbox on Google Domains to make it private.

    I just received a phone call for someone speaking with a heavy Indian accent. He was in a call center of some type as I could hear the background conversations.

    I am calling because you just booked a domain.

    WTF? FFS people if you want to try and scam me, at least get your grammar somewhere in the ballpark.



  • Same thing happened to me recently. So annoying.



  • Hrm, I think it's probably a very good thing that I used a throw away Google Voice account with my registration!


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    I can also only assume that this is also why I am getting a ton of unsolicited text messages also.


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    problem fixed, but damnit.. so mad at myself.

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  • I'd offer to sell them the domain for about 100x what it's worth, lol.


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    holy f*** the spam...
    all of it from domain spammers.

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  • I've never had this problem... even without private registration.



  • I ALWAYS make my info private. Even if it costs extra.

    But what I have gotten lucky with these last few years and domains, is a coupon code that gives it for free plus a discount on the actual domain name.

    When renewal time comes, it's not free, but at least when you register it for whatever time period it is.


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    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    I ALWAYS make my info private. Even if it costs extra.

    But what I have gotten lucky with these last few years and domains, is a coupon code that gives it for free plus a discount on the actual domain name.

    When renewal time comes, it's not free, but at least when you register it for whatever time period it is.

    It is free with Google Domains.



  • @JaredBusch said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    I ALWAYS make my info private. Even if it costs extra.

    But what I have gotten lucky with these last few years and domains, is a coupon code that gives it for free plus a discount on the actual domain name.

    When renewal time comes, it's not free, but at least when you register it for whatever time period it is.

    It is free with Google Domains.

    I get domains 2 years at a time with free private registration, usually for under $5 total. I don't see an advantage of using Google Domains when I just forward DNS to my webhost anyways.


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    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    @JaredBusch said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    I ALWAYS make my info private. Even if it costs extra.

    But what I have gotten lucky with these last few years and domains, is a coupon code that gives it for free plus a discount on the actual domain name.

    When renewal time comes, it's not free, but at least when you register it for whatever time period it is.

    It is free with Google Domains.

    I get domains 2 years at a time with free private registration, usually for under $5 total. I don't see an advantage of using Google Domains when I just forward DNS to my webhost anyways.

    Who are you using?


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    @scottalanmiller said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    @JaredBusch said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    I ALWAYS make my info private. Even if it costs extra.

    But what I have gotten lucky with these last few years and domains, is a coupon code that gives it for free plus a discount on the actual domain name.

    When renewal time comes, it's not free, but at least when you register it for whatever time period it is.

    It is free with Google Domains.

    I get domains 2 years at a time with free private registration, usually for under $5 total. I don't see an advantage of using Google Domains when I just forward DNS to my webhost anyways.

    Who are you using?

    $5 domain registration is crazy.


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    @JaredBusch said in Domain scammers:

    @scottalanmiller said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    @JaredBusch said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    I ALWAYS make my info private. Even if it costs extra.

    But what I have gotten lucky with these last few years and domains, is a coupon code that gives it for free plus a discount on the actual domain name.

    When renewal time comes, it's not free, but at least when you register it for whatever time period it is.

    It is free with Google Domains.

    I get domains 2 years at a time with free private registration, usually for under $5 total. I don't see an advantage of using Google Domains when I just forward DNS to my webhost anyways.

    Who are you using?

    $5 domain registration is crazy.

    No kidding.



  • @JaredBusch said in Domain scammers:

    @scottalanmiller said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    @JaredBusch said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G said in Domain scammers:

    I ALWAYS make my info private. Even if it costs extra.

    But what I have gotten lucky with these last few years and domains, is a coupon code that gives it for free plus a discount on the actual domain name.

    When renewal time comes, it's not free, but at least when you register it for whatever time period it is.

    It is free with Google Domains.

    I get domains 2 years at a time with free private registration, usually for under $5 total. I don't see an advantage of using Google Domains when I just forward DNS to my webhost anyways.

    Who are you using?

    $5 domain registration is crazy.

    Right now there's a promo code for 1 year (not 2). For the two year you'll have to get lucky when you need it, or wait.

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  • If you can't catch another renewal promo code, it has a possibility of being more than Google Domains with the private registration... I renewed a domain for 2 years once and had to pay like $25 because there wasn't any and I was kindof lazy. But usually you can make out well.



  • @Tim_G Are the promo codes good for renewals or only new registrations?

    I was under the impression that GD code were only good for new domains.



  • @Danp said in Domain scammers:

    @Tim_G Are the promo codes good for renewals or only new registrations?

    I was under the impression that GD code were only good for new domains.

    It depends on the code. Sometimes they have renewal deals, but more often they are for new registrations.

    It's a toss-up. If Google Domains (or somewhere else) is cheaper in that moment and you can't find a 2-year promo, then I'd not use Godaddy.



  • I am going to try this and see how much spam I get.