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18 May 04

the domain registry of MY ASS

i received a pretty misleading letter in the mail yesterday from a company called “domain registry of canada”. it’s a pretty brilliant mailing campaign, if you consider slimy tactics brilliant. its language is clearly designed to confuse people without much knowledge of how domain registration works, and i’ll admit, i had to read it over a couple times.

the heading reads “domain name expiration notice”, which is likely enough to make some people concerned – i mean, i received it on may 17th when chumptastic.org doesn’t expire until october 19th. here’s the really sketchy part though:

You must renew your domain name to retain exclusive rights to it on the Web, and now is the time to transfer and renew your name from your current Registrar to the Domain Registry of Canada. Failure to renew your domain name by the expiration date may result in a loss of online identity making it difficult for your customers and friends to locate you on the web.

Granted, they DO go on to say that Domain name holders are not obligated to renew their domain name with their current Registrar or with the Domain Registry of Canada, but I can’t help but wonder how many people have received a bill-like notice from an official sounding organization (ooooh, the Domain Registry of Canada – is that government run?), and blindly sent in the requested $40/year. now, my registrar (nbhs.net – who frustrate me in a bunch of ways, so i don’t think i’ll link to them) charges $20/year, and i know for a fact that you can pay a lot less than that. i guess the $40 is going towards their expensive mailing campaign.

the first thing i thought of when i received the letter was that old verisign scam, although it’s maybe not quite as sleezy. a quick google search tells me that i’m definitely not alone, but didn’t turn up an actual website for the company.

clearly i need to have a more evil mind to try to keep up with the scammers of the world – maybe that’s why i’m not rich.

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Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps blend of chunk and lump
Date: 1883

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