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Dishonest Domain Tactics Dupe UK Consumers
February 12, 2003  

The questionable domain name sales tactics that have confused countless North American consumers are now taking the UK by storm. 

Numerous companies in the UK have subsequently come under fire in recent months for allegedly misleading consumers and companies on the topics of domain name registration and renewal. 

Among the alleged misdeeds by several firms: falsely claiming to be acting on behalf of major domain registrars, using scare tactics and sending "renewal invoices" for services that are not actually related to purchased domain names. 

Nominet UK, which oversees the UK's .uk domain registry, began issuing warnings about various domain name scams early last year. Among them was an advisory to beware of bogus callers claiming that an individual was attempting to register their domain name. The caller would then advise the person to renew or register the domain with them. 

According to reports, one company Nominet decided to single out for allegedly practicing such tactics was (DRS). Nominet apparently singled out the firm after receiving several consumer complaints. DRS reportedly told several complainants it was acting under the authority of Nominet to warn them about other people attempting to register domains that were similar to theirs. According to, both DRS and, which was also accused of using "mystery shopper" tactics, have decided to close up shop since the controversy arose. vnunet says it has received over 100 emails from companies complaining about the selling tactics of several domain name resellers, and government agencies in the UK have also received complaints. 

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