Recently I am getting asked almost daily if the Joe Miller from DomainWorld email is legit. It is a phishing scam! Please do not click on the links in the email nor send him any money. 

The Email from "Joe Miller"

The email looks like this... 

Yes even I received it. 

First Name:
Joe
Last Name:
Miller
Email Address:
info@domainworld.com
Message:
Notice#: 491343
Date: 2021-02-18

YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION TO THIS MESSAGE IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!

YOUR DOMAIN jonastroyer.com WILL BE TERMINATED WITHIN 24 HOURS

We have not received your payment for the renewal of your domain jonastroyer.com

We have made several attempts to reach you by phone, to inform you regarding the TERMINATION of your domain jonastroyer.com

CLICK HERE FOR SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT: https://domainregister.ga/?n=jonastroyer.com&r=a&t=1613606962&p=v13

IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS, YOUR DOMAIN jonastroyer.com WILL BE TERMINATED

CLICK HERE FOR SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT: https://domainregister.ga/?n=jonastroyer.com&r=a&t=1613606962&p=v13

ACT IMMEDIATELY.

The submission notification jonastroyer.com will EXPIRE WITHIN 24 HOURS after reception of this email

Your First Clue That It's a Scam

Whoever is sending out the email is going to your website contact form on your contact page and filling out the form. 

You and I both know that if your domain name was about to expire that is not the method that domain name registrars contact you. 

If you don't know where your domain was registered at, go to https://www.godaddy.com/whois and put in your URL and it'll tell you where it is registered. 

Yes I just shared a GoDaddy link. No we don't recommend using GoDaddy for anything but the WHOIS lookup. Namecheap is way better for domain names. 

Other Similar Scams

There are numerous similar scams going on right now that are basically the same with a different name. 

The most common is the one you'll get in the mail that looks like a bill. 

But if you read it closely you will see it is not a bill. Usually they are asking for a few hundred dollars.  

If You Have Your Website w/ Troyer Websites

If you are one of our customers and you didn't have the domain name before you ordered your website from us, we take care of your domain name for you.

It's covered with your annual website renewal. 

But if you had your domain name before you came to Troyer Websites, it is your choice whether you want it in your account or in our account. If you choose to keep it in your account, you are responsible to keep it renewed. 

If you aren't sure where it is, use the WHOIS lookup link and check. 

Just be careful! 

Don't fall for these scams and whatever you do, don't ever be a "Joe Miller". (No offense if your name is Joe Miller) 

Leave a comment below if you know if any others that I missed. 

About the author 

Jonas Troyer

Jonas & Barbara live in Ohio with their 6 children. Owner of Troyer Websites as well as being professional marketers and marketing trainers and love traveling and enjoying the great outdoors! When they aren't building their business on Facebook or Twitter you will find them spending time with their kids or gardening or on a trip adventure of some kind.

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