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Domain Scams

BEWARE of the tricks some registrars do to get your business.

Here are some common tricks we are aware of:

  • Bait-and-switch transfers: These companies offer ridiculously low-cost or and oftentimes "free transfers". Here's how they catch you! When it comes time to renew, you'll get a very interesting surprise (not the nice one) with prices that are 2x, 3x, or even 4x the amount that INTELLIPLANS offer. We guarantee that you'll never renew for more than you originally registered. Let's be realistic also, there are some exceptions:
    • if the price the registry charges us increases, (we're not paying the same price for a loaf of bread as we did a few years back now, are we?)
    • if you took advantage of a limited-time, special price.
    • NOTE: if the registry increases our cost, yours will go up only by the amount ours did, never more.
  • Unbelievably low prices: All registrars have to pay the registry for the domains they sell, and that price is fixed. So if you see domains priced at less than $6.00, the seller is actually losing money. Everyone is in business to make a profit, else we'll be a non-profit, so how do they make it up? You guessed it! You either get knocked out at your annual renewal; give you one of those "we're busy" inadequate or no service responses; and/or charge unreasonably high prices for the other services you need. One way or the other, you, the customer gets the short end of the stick (while of course they get a nice tax break!)
  • Non-ICANN accredited registrars: Only an ICANN accredited registrar gives you the assurance of knowing your domains will be handled by the most secure and reliable systems in the industry. INTELLIPLANS communicates directly to the Domain Name Registries through the fastest connections to the Internet backbone available. Non-ICANN accredited registrars cannot give you this assurance. So look for the "ICANN-accredited" icon. You'll see it at INTELLIPLANS.
  • Vanishing companies: One technique the "big guys" use is to launch small companies that offer incredibly low prices. Advertise galore all over the Internet for a few years, then boom! Where did they go? Here you are, putting your business, trust and a whole lot more riding on a fleeting show! They then send a nice message stating their closure, then those unfortunate enough to have registered or transferred a domain to them will be rolled back into the parent company – at the parent company's much higher rates.

As the saying goes, "if it's too good to be true, it often is!" Be INTELLIGENT!