Is Domain Listings a Scam?

Did you recently receive a letter from Domain Listings, LLC?

If you own any domain names, chances are you have received a letter from Domain Listings, LLC. They look similar to the image below.

The bottom line is that this company is not your registrar and you DO NOT need to pay them to renew or retain ownership of your domain name. If you would like more information about what this letter is and who they are, keep reading. If not, throw the letter away and move on.

Note: we are NOT lawyers and this should not be taken as legal advice. Seek help from an attorney when dealing with domain legal issues.

Who is Domain Listings, LLC?

The business name listed on these mailers is Domain Listings, LLC. They are registered in the State of Nevada on April 8, 2014 to the following address:

3901 W CHARLESTON BLVD, LAS VEGAS, NV, 89102, USA

The website most closely associated with Domain Listings, LLC appears to be domainlistings.directory since it was registered June 3, 2016. It is registered at Godaddy.com.

Is Domain Listings, LLC a scam?

I guess it depends on your definition of a scam. What they are doing seems to be legal, however, it can certainly be misleading. Let us explain.

How did Domain Listings access my information?

Do you own a house? If you do, you might have noticed that as soon as you closed, you started receiving mail from mortgage companies trying to refinance you right away, insurance companies, and home warranty companies trying to extend your home warranty. This is because the second you buy your house, it becomes public information and all these companies have the ability to buy access to your data.

Domain names are similar. Historically, all domain names would let anyone access ownership information through the WHOIS protocol (with the exception that you could buy privacy services that worked as a proxy for your ownership – like a registered agent for businesses). This has recently changed as privacy laws have made WHOIS information hard to get.

Public domain registrant information can still be accessed in a few ways: through less compliant registrars and through historical databases of ownership information.

This Domain Listings company is accessing domain ownership information through the mechanisms at scale, and sending bulk direct mail out to owners.

What are they actually offering?

By design, the mailer looks like a bill for domain renewal. If you read both the copy and the legal, this is not what they are offering.

When you pay Domain Listings, LLC, you are actually buying a listing on their website directory or related marketing services. As stated in the fine print “This is not a bill. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer.”

To be clear, this is a private company. They have absolutely no affiliation with your domain registrar or hosting company. They have no bearing on your domain registration, renewal, or hosting.

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What are your thoughts? Have you received these letters in the mail?

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