Got a letter from iDNS? Don’t be fooled

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It’s sad to see this is still happening, but it is. Companies are still preying on new domain name owners who have no idea that renewing a .COM domain name actually costs around $10 at most registrars. Companies like iDNS (Internet Domain Names Services) have been sending these official-looking letters for over a decade now and it seems they are still making money doing it.

They read something like this:

As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification of the domain name registration that is due to expire in the next few months. When you switch today to Internet Domain Name Services, you can take advantage of our best savings. 

What they don’t tell you is that their best savings is $45.00/year to renew a .COM vs. $10.88 at Uniregistry or $10.69 at NameCheap to name a couple other cheaper and MUCH better places to keep your domains.

The good news is there are a number of other great uses for this letter, here are a few suggestions below:

  • made of thick paper, this makes one heck of a paper airplane
  • easy to cut into tiny pieces and use as confetti during a celebration
  • makes a very satisfying ripping noise when you tear it into pieces
  • could be used as self-defense to paper cut an assailant
  • makes a great gag gift for anyone who knows anything about domain names

I’d love to hear other exciting uses that people have found for these letters – feel free to share your best use for this junk mail in the comment section below!

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Joseph Peterson May 31, 2016, 8:09 pm

    I can think of 1 other use. But if the paper’s as thick as you say, then you’d need to keep a plunger handy. Also some risk of paper cuts …

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  • DN Invest Ltd May 31, 2016, 8:57 pm

    Never received physical mail from them, but regularly receiving e-mails from this “company”. Really annoying.

    Unfortunately there are probably many naive victims as otherwise iDNS would not be in the business for so long. It is the same case with appraisal scam.

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  • Scott Bender Orlando May 31, 2016, 9:11 pm

    Morgan:

    I’ve been getting this crap for years and had a client call me when they got one.

    It is sad to see someone trying to rip off unsuspecting people.

    If there is a way to expose them, please do so.

    Best,

    Scott Bender

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  • Joe June 1, 2016, 11:43 am

    If this role are strong innovation has come with the non-renewal of domains.

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  • Iain Taylor June 3, 2016, 5:01 pm

    Morgan,
    Loved this post….. especially the “other great uses” part
    I laughed so much – nice job 🙂

    I think if we all educate end users at every opportunity this will help us all in the end.
    It is still an industry in its infancy relative to the population of the world yet to get online.
    🙂

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