I’ve had many clients over the years reach out to me bewildered or curious if they need to pay the recent invoice received from Domain Listings LLC. Their “invoice” arrives with a self-addressed (not stamped) envelope requesting payment of $228.00 by a given date. It does not appear to include any advertisement about their services and only appears to be an invoice. This is very misleading and poor business practice. It is shocking that they utilize a scare tactic like this to “sell” their services.
Even their name is misleading. When it comes to domains, it is important to renew them regularly, so you don’t lose it. What is a domain name? A domain name is the address of your website and emails that is typically followed by a “.com”, example agmsolutions.com. If you fail to renew your domain, you can lose that address and someone else can purchase it. That can result in an unnecessary ransom negotiation with a domain pirate to regain access to it. But that is a conversation for another blog article.
Back to the original topic of Domain Listings LLC. When you read the “invoice” letter, it becomes clear that this isn’t a bill at all and instead it is a deceptive sales pitch. Here is an excerpt from a recent letter one of my clients received from Domain Listings based in Las Vegas, NV. A scan of the invoice is also below…
“This website listing offer is provided to leading websites throughout the United States to enhance their Website exposure and to expose them to new customers through our directory. We are not a Domain Registrar and we do not Register or Renew Domain Names. The listing period is for 12 consecutive months and must be renewed annually if you wish to maintain your Domain Listing and keep it active on our online website directory.
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.”
Today, it is very common for people to skim and not read all the way through. In all caps, they spell it out clearly. However, their approach is rather alarming that you could possibly lose a service if you do not make payment. It also makes you believe that you have already paid for this in the past and should continue or forfeit your listing on their website.
Speaking of their website, it is a completely unknown and unpromoted entity. Paying to be listed on their listing website results in no benefit that I can see. Apart from their website, their online presence consists of a bunch of scam warnings. They have zero social media presence which is a true sign of a scam. Having a solid online presence really backs up a business’s authenticity. If you want to pay to be on a listing, make sure it is relevant to your industry so you know that your customers will find you. I checked up on their Google Ratings, and they have a whopping 1.5-star rating.
Be vigilant and when in doubt, reach out to us for the best advice on how to get your business’s online presence optimized to reach your potential customers.