There are a variety of ways that you might receive such an email.
First, assuming that the email is from someone with whom you have never
transacted business, you should be skeptical. Second, assuming that
the email is from an unconfirmed location outside of the USA, you should be
more skeptical. Third, if the company wants your identity information
and/or money, you should be most skeptical.
Basically, we cannot say, without specific research, whether any company sending a
solicitation or purporting to protect your interest is legitimate.
They may be a legitimate company and do exactly what they offer for the fee proposed.
However, another question may be that, even if they are legitimate, do you really
need their service, and, if you do, are they the right ones to provide the
Remember, if you've never done business with the enterprise and you give
them any personal information, you have potentially compromised your identity.
If you have a domain name that you want or need to acquire, we often suggest
that you go through a well-known provider, such as GoDaddy.com, when
possible. You can perform a WHOIS search at GoDaddy.com to find
details about the soliciting company's identity.
There is no reasonable logical end to the domain name extension issue.
If the company says the .CA extension is going to be acquired, and you,
therefore, engage that company to get it for you, then the next day possibly
the .IT extension will have the same issue, then the next day, another
extension with the same issue. Are you going to acquire every
extension of your domain? Sooner or later, you need to make a
decision when to stop.
As a result, we often suggest that you acquire all domain names you know
you need, and the ones that are strategically important, and to do it with a
company located in the States with a well-known reputation that you contact.
However, again, the company may have a service that is valuable to you in
your particular circumstances.
As a general rule only, our own firm disregards these types of emails when we
receive them for our own accounts, but that is appropriate for us and may
not be appropriate for you.
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