Who is the Domain Registry of Canada or the Domain Registry of America?

By , April 22, 2010

If you’ve registered a domain under .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, or .INFO you will probably eventually receive a postal mailing from the Domain Registry of Canada or the Domain Registry of America which looks like this

The earlier versions looked a lot like a renewal invoice, the later ones have some fine print on them that this isn’t really a “renewal invoice”.

These are as a rule, not actual renewal invoices from your current domain registrar. They are attempts to get you to switch over to a new domain registrar. They are in short, a type of marketing campaign.

We leave it to the reader to assess how ethical it is. Most people don’t like it. When somebody pays their “invoice” and triggers a domain transfer to the new registrar, their domain has said to have been “slammed” or they have been “domain slammed”. The phrase “slamming” goes back to the days after long distance telecom deregulation and the new long distance companies resorted to similar questionable tactics to get consumers to switch long distance providers.

These entities find your personal information by harvesting the “whois” database. See How to marketers and spammers get my personal information after I register a domain name?

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