* Watch out for emails or invoices from the "EU Domain Registry" or the "Domain Registry Service" or "The Domain Registry of America".. Don't click links on any email from them. Ignore any letters from them. Don't send them money!!!
* Don't open attachments that come with email unless you know what is in them.Mydoom, Sasser and Netsky viruses are still very active.
Companies with websites are being told to ignore spam emails warning that their domain names are about to expire.
Domain names should not cost £60 a year
According to Nominet, an official web address registration service, the bogus emails demand money to extend the life of the domain name, at prices several times higher than the going rate.
.com and .org addresses are no strangers to the scam, but Nominet says the scammers are branching out to other addresses, and that these should be on their guard.
In particular, the group is warning about a company calling itself the 'Domain Registry Service'. It charges £60 for a bogus one-year renewal, £140 for five years and £270 for ten.
"If you have any doubts about the validity of an invoice, please contact your existing registration agent who will be able to advise you," said a spokesperson for Nominet.
It says it has received 50 complaints about the scam for internet service providers and small businesses. SMEs are targeted because they usually have less time and fewer dedicated personal to check the emails.
According to the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), businesses are more at risk from fraudsters during summer months.
It says criminals target companies when they think senior members of staff are likely to be on holiday, and when less experienced staff will be dealing with invoices and bills.
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