Wow, over the past week, I have received a number of phone calls and emails from clients of mine who have received an invoice from a company called Central Registration Service. The invoice amount is $966US, contains the URL along with the billing address and usually under additional facts contains the phone number.
In bold is the following statement – We have to receive a payment within 21 days, otherwise your domain registration will be deleted.
The item listed on the invoice is for “standard registration via hosting service for” and then displays the URL in a box along. As mentioned, the invoice amount is $966US with a 5% cash discount of $917.30US.
They are asking you to sign and fax to 1-212-627-8877 (a number located in the New York City). The address they list on their invoice is 1133 Broadway, Suite 706, New York, NY 10010. They take credit card via their website (www.central-registration-service.com/payment – which does not work) and their banking account information is through Loyal Bank Limited – Acc. no: 104003940306 Swift: LOYAVCVX.
DO NOT PAY THIS INVOICE – THROW IT AWAY
The #1 question I get – is how does a company like this get my information:
Simple – when you register your domain name that information is publically available. Some domain registrars offer a privacy service, however, the majority of domain name registration information is easily accessible – this is how they get the information.
Here is their WHOIS information – as you can see, the domain name itself was only registered in October of this year:
Domain Name: CENTRAL-REGISTRATION-SERVICE.COM
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
Name Server: DNS5.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS4.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS3.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS2.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS1.NAME-SERVICES.COM
EPP Status: clientDeleteProhibited
EPP Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 12-Dec-2006
Creation Date: 11-Oct-2006
Expiration Date: 11-Oct-2007
I did however, find this information on CENTRAL-REGISTRATION-SERVICE.ORG, which appears to be the same individual:
Created On:12-Oct-2006 07:49:04 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Dec-2006 03:48:29 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2007 07:49:04 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:eNom, Inc. (R39-LROR)
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant Name:CRS Corp
Registrant Organization:Central Registration Service
Registrant Street1:1133 Broadway,Suite706
Registrant City:New York
Registrant Postal Code:10010
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Admin Name:CRS Corp
Admin Organization:Central Registration Service
Admin Street1:1133 Broadway,Suite706
Admin City:New York
Admin Postal Code:10010
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Tech Name:CRS Corp
Tech Organization:Central Registration Service
Tech Street1:1133 Broadway,Suite706
Tech City:New York
Tech Postal Code:10010
Tech Phone:+1.2126278877 < ---- Same Number on the Invoice ---->
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX Ext.:
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A company named CRS is sending out invoices in the amount of $966.00 for domain registration renewal. They invoice you for your domain name, and try to bilk you out of nearly $1000 with an official looking invoice, and payment instructions which include everything from a bank transfer to paypal payments. BEWARE!