Beware of Solicitation Emails for False Search Engine Renewal
We received the solicitation email below today urging us to renew our search engine optimization for our blog. While many might think the email is a friendly reminder, it is actually from a company that is not affiliated with us in any way . We are sharing this to warn businesses about potential solicitation emails that could arrive in your inbox. See the email text below:
“Attention: Important Notice DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Complete and return by fax to:
1 (646) 783-3687
2885 Sanford Ave SW
Suite # 19746
Grandville, MI 49418
United States of America
ATT: CEL PUBLIC RELATIONS
Search Engine Submission
Requested Reply: FEBRUARY 06,2012
PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION
Attn: CEL PUBLIC RELATIONS
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.
This Notice for: WWW.CELPROUTLOUD.COM will expire on February 06, 2012 Act today!
Detail of Service:
Reply by Date:
For Domain Name:
[ ] 1 year 02/06/2012 – 02/06/2013 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 02/06/2012 – 02/06/2014 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 02/06/2012 – 02/06/2017 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 02/06/2012 – 02/06/2022 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time offer – Best value! Lifetime $499.00
Payment by Credit Card
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN BY FAX: 1 (646) 783-3687
(Please do not include your credit card number on this form just fill the information above and fax it to us, once we receive your fax we will send you instructions on how to make a payment by credit card)”
Notice the disclaimer at the very bottom of the email:
“By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS send an email to email@example.com and in the subject line only put remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited. * 100% satisfaction guaranteed, you may request a refund within 30 days.“
Be sure to watch for the word “solicitation” and disclaimers in emails such as this. Because of the statement included, it is not an illegal spam email. If you have any doubt about an email you receive, call the company directly or speak to your IT administrator.
Published on: February 6, 2012