I got three of these yesterday. I won’t name the company (although their logo has an American flag in it). And what they’re doing isn’t illegal, I think.
But if you ever get a formal-looking letter from a company you’ve never heard of, saying that your domain name is about to expire and to renew it by filling out this form and sending in $35 for another year – don’t do it!
Call or email your web designer. Or take a couple of minutes to look up your domain name registration.
That may be a legitimate company – but they’re probably NOT your current registrar. They’re fishing for new customers by sending letters to people whose domain registrations are public info. (They are by default unless you have “private” domain name registrations.) If you complete that form, you will probably wind up paying quite a bit more for your domain name than you have to.
I seldom pay more than $10 for a domain name for a year. My favorite domain name registrar is usually $8.99 a year – often there’s a deal for $6.99 for the first year, then $8.99 a year after that – and they include free private registration.