Warning: WebsiteBackup solicitations in the mail
Do you remember the domain scammers ‘Domain Registry of America’? If you have any domains names, the chances are you got letters in the mail from them offering you a domain renewal at a ‘low price’ – when that price was often 4-6 times the price we charge for domains renewals. Some customers actually thought this was legitimate and paid the ‘renewal’ fee, which was a solicitation for ‘domain transfer’ – ie, if you paid them, then your domain registration was moved away from us to what most people considered a very disreputable business (at least based on their rude marketing ploys).
We recently heard of something similar scam which appears at a glance to be an invoice, but is in-fact, a solicitation – this time, from a company called ‘Website Backup’. Based in Phoenix, AZ, this company is sending out ‘invoices’ for services which you do not have. At least you do not have the service UNTIL you send them a check or credit card (and we recommend that you do NOT do this).
Here is a copy of the invoice – click to view a larger version:
If you receive an invoice in the mail or email from anyone in connection with your website, domains, backups etc, please don’t hesitate to call us and ask if it is real. It is far better to ask our support team if something is real than to get scammed!
A special thanks to John (you know who you are), for bringing this website backup scam to our attention and for sharing the letter with us so that we might share the warning. Although his is the first we have seen, it is highly unlikely to be the last.