After registering my most recent domain, I have received way more spam&scam emails than usual. This time I received a couple of emails that made me giggle harder than the other ones, so I decided to share some of the fun with you. Hopefully it will also help some users out there who might not be too technically-savvy to avoid falling for these pathetic scams.

The first email

Just a few days after registering this new domain, I received an email from Search Register, from email address contact@searchregistration.net and with subject Important: Complete Search Engine Registration for your doamin mynewdomain.com.

Let’s stop here already. Notice the typo in the word doamin. Legitimate companies normally take care of these things, especially when it’s in a high-visibility field like the email subject field.

This is the body of the email, with some information redacted:

Hello Daniel Pellarini,

Domain Name: mynewdomain.com (Account #123456789)

This email is being sent out to you because search registration for mynewdomain.com is pending.

Please register these domains to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo ASAP to avoid late fees.

Registering for search engines would help you show up in search results and increase your online presence.

You can register your domain at link given below:

http://searchregistration.net/index.php?domain=mynewdomain.com&someotheridentifiers

We sincerely appreciate your business! If you require anything, we are at your service.

Remember: If you do not register your domain with the search engines, it may not appear in the search engine listing when people are looking for you. Failure to complete your domain name search engine registration by the expiration date.

Sincerely,

Search Register

Let’s break this down, shall we?

This email is being sent out to you because search registration for mynewdomain is pending.

How nice of them to care about my positioning on search engines!

Please register these domains to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo ASAP to avoid late fees.

LOL! What late fees? There are no fees to register a website with search engines, it’s free!

Registering for search engines would help you show up in search results and increase your online presence.

Well, I suppose this is at least partially true, although registering your domain doesn’t guarantee good positioning on search engines, you need to do some SEO to do that, merely submitting your new site to the search engines does nothing.

We sincerely appreciate your business! If you require anything, we are at your service.

They are being nice, but I don’t appreciate their business. This is a pathetic attempt at a scam, it’s ridiculous.

Remember: If you do not register your domain with the search engines, it may not appear in the search engine listing when people are looking for you.

Again, this is a lie.

Failure to complete your domain name search engine registration by the expiration date.

Yes? What? Oh, nothing? Ok thanks.

So obviously I marked this as spam and went on with my life. It was only today that I received another email with some more gold inside it.

The second email

This time, the email came from Domain Notice, using email address RachelBaker987@hotmail.com, and with subject The mynewdomain.com is Running Out of Time for Search Engine Submission. This is the body of the message:

Daniel Pellarini

mynewdomain.com

Notification expiry date: 12 – Maj. – 2017

We care about valued customers and domain name holders, that’s why we are sending this final notification to remind you to register your domain with search engines.

This offer would automatically get cancelled after the expiration date mentioned in this email.

Failing to register with search engines is like deliberately planning to make it difficult for customers and visitors to find you.

This email is only a notice and should not be regarded as an invoice. Discarding this notification and not submitting to search engines may save you a little money, but that that won’t help in the long run.

Registering your domain with search engines makes your domain more visible to customers and allows them to easily find your website in the ocean-deep World Wide Web. We highly recommend acting timely as this notice automatically expires at 12 – Maj. – 2017.

Please visit the following link to learn more about available packages that have been tailored keeping affordability and features in mind.

http://lacosdahelo.com.br/domain/?domain=mynewdomain.com

Oooh, there is something juicy in here too! Let’s look at this message in more detail:

Notification expiry date: 12 – Maj. – 2017

First of all, this notification expires tomorrow. Oh man! Will I have enough time to mark this as spam? Why couldn’t they send me a notice earlier?

We care about valued customers and domain name holders, that’s why we are sending this final notification to remind you to register your domain with search engines.

So nice of them.

This offer would automatically get cancelled after the expiration date mentioned in this email.

Better to jump on it before it gets cancelled then! By the way, what offer are they talking about? There is no mention of any offer anywhere in the email so far LOL.

Failing to register with search engines is like deliberately planning to make it difficult for customers and visitors to find you.

Woah, that’s a good sales pitch.

This email is only a notice and should not be regarded as an invoice.

THIS. IS. GOLD.

What are they talking about? What invoice? Ahahahaha.

Discarding this notification and not submitting to search engines may save you a little money, but that that won’t help in the long run.

Typo in here too, but the most important thing is that, again, registering your site is free, so even if you do it, you don’t have to spend a dime.

Registering your domain with search engines makes your domain more visible to customers and allows them to easily find your website in the ocean-deep World Wide Web.

The ocean-deep World Wide Web XD

We highly recommend acting timely as this notice automatically expires at 12 – Maj. – 2017.

I agree, I should act timely since they sent me this notification only one day before this amazing offer expires.

Please visit the following link to learn more about available packages that have been tailored keeping affordability and features in mind.

I obviously refuse to visit that website, but it’s nice that they mention affordability since they are trying to sell me something that is free.

And finally, this:

http://lacosdahelo.com.br/domain/?domain=mynewdomain.com

A completely different domain than the one they are using to write from, this is never a good sign. And one with a very professional-sounding name too, I must say. Are you not tempted to visit it?

Conclusions

Don’t fall for these scams. This is a ridiculous attempt to make you pay for something that you can do yourself for free here.

If you are curious to see what happens if you try to visit those websites, Matt Lowe tried it and wrote a blog post about it. I recommend giving that article a read as it’s pretty funny.