Monday, November 27, 2006

Internet Register Ireland Scam Warning

Mikael passed this across my desk this morning and its a really good attempt at a scam. A brief check at Michele's site reveals he's already gotten five of the notices! There is a thread on the Irish webmaster's forum.

The major issue with this letter is in the fine print at the bottom. Signing and returning the letter is agreeing to pay these chancers the sum of €958 for a "listing" in their "directory". The advice from all is to bin the letter and ignore this scam.

The IEDR have already sent out a warning stating that:

It has recently come to the attention of the IEDR that a company operating under the name “Internet Register Ireland” is in the process of contacting businesses with registered .ie domain names by post and by fax, soliciting them to register their domain name with the “Internet Register Ireland”. The “Internet Register Ireland”, a German based company will request you to fill out their form and return it to them signed. It should be noted that they charge an excessive fee of approximately €958 for the registration of the .ie domain name in their database.

We would like to reassure all of our customers that no such organisation has been authorised to act on behalf of the IEDR. If you are contacted in this manner we would recommend that you disregard this letter and advise your customers to be aware of this activity.

The IEDR are responding to enquiries from concerned domain holders, by recommending them to contact an official IE Reseller if they require any further Internet services for their website.

The offical list of IE domain name resellers is here.


  • I've got 6 now :)

    By Anonymous Michele, at 6:54 p.m.  

  • They're some bunch of chancers!

    Mind you, compared to a normal 419 scam things have definitely gotten more professional.

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 9:46 p.m.  

  • There is a nice page from Iowa State on these kinds of scams.

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 10:06 p.m.  

  • I got one this morning and they didn't even get the URL right. Anyone know where they get their info from? Do they just troll the web?

    By Anonymous Sean, at 11:26 a.m.  

  • Pretty much, I'm waiting for the day until they've gotten some nice automated system (e.g. pdf forms and everyone will be spammed by a personalised pdf probably derived from a valid form.

    Trolls and spammers, you really just got to love them, they do so try.

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 11:31 a.m.  

  • i have signed and returned the form .i didnt realise it was a scam.what do i do next.egnore all letters
    thanks dan

    By Anonymous dan lynch, at 10:24 a.m.  

  • Dan - you may have to go to court as in essence you did sign what could be construed as a contract. I'm no legal expert so I suggest that you contact the IEDR directly and also the Communications regulator to look for their advice on dealing with the matter.

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 11:22 a.m.  

  • We asked for a copy of our order (as we knew we never sent one) and the sent us back a forgery purportedly signed by someone from our company but it was just a random bunch of squiggles and not remotely like th ename of anyone working here!

    By Anonymous Michael B, at 5:13 p.m.  

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