Despite being signed up to the Mailing Preference Service I still get some junk mail. One such item arrived in today’s post from the Domain Renewal Group, helpfully pointing out that one of the domain names which I own expires later this year. It is worth noting that this event is a good six months away. The letter informs me that I must renew my domain name “to retain exclusive rights to it on the Web” so far so good. It then goes on to say “now is the time to transfer and renew your name from your current Registrar to the Domain Renewal Group. Failure to renew your domain name by the expiration date may result in a loss of your online identity” Well yes, but my current Registrar will contact me in good time, usually a month before. So I really don’t need to be told six months ahead by the Domain Renewal Group, and they give no good reason why I should change to their more expensive service. The Domain Renewal Group is of course just a scam, they aren’t acting in my interests, they just trying to rip me off.
So what to do? I could take the advice of domainscams.co.uk which mainly seems to be to return the addressed envelope, enclosed with the letter, without a stamp and with a short message, but none too polite telling them where to go. While this maybe briefly satisfying, I doubt it will have much real effect as they have probably taken this cost into account in their “business model”. No, what is really need is a heavy fine, so I think it better to take the MPS advice and send them a full copy of the mailing including the envelope. I am also thinking of taking it up with Trading Standards, but I suspect they will just tell me to take it up with the MPS in the first instance. What ever I do, this time I am not just going to shred it, I am going to fight back.