DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR the Domain Renewal Group, if you do happen to receive a letter from them!!!!! They are a bunch of scam-artists – a client is still struggling to get back her money from them.
Generally, genuine Domain Registrar companies will only remind you 60 days in advance about your domain names – but what these b***ers do is pre-empt that by contacting you FOUR months in advance. The info is available off the “WHOIS” site which shows all domain info worldwide – I can tell that as previously they addressed me as “TLR Internet Marketing” but that business no longer exists.
So… what can you do?
- Always know who you purchased your domain name(s) from – they are the ONLY ones you actually need to pay for renewals each year or two (depending on the length of time you made your original purchase for).
- Find out from your domain registrar if you can purchase a privacy option for your domain(s) – this prevents your info from being on the WHOIS (http://whois.domaintools.com/) and other sites
If you aren’t sure about letters related to your websites, ask your webmaster/mistress. As a rule of thumb though, if you purchased yoru domain or hosting online, communications will be online