This week I’ve seen an increase in an email scam for domain owners. An email arrives to you as the domain owner and implies that your domain has been suspended. It looks very official, as it is set up to look like it comes from your domain registrar. It’s also to the point and causes your stomach to heave as you consider the repercussions if your website has been forced offline. This is a ploy to get you to react quickly without recognizing it’s all a scam.
Never jump to conclusions if you receive an email that advises you your site has been hacked or your domain is suspended. Take the time to consider the source. If the email contains a link, mouse over it and identify where that link is going to take you. Is it related to the sender’s domain (or the sender they pretend to be)? If you were to look at the Header properties of the email, would you discover the “from” address doesn’t match the real sender address?
Have a look at the image attached to this post for a better understanding of how you can identify a scam. If in doubt, you can always give us a call.