Here at Baxter Media we regularly get asked about the authenticity of some emails received by our clients, with many quite rightly erring on the side of caution and assuming they are spam.
It is important though, to keep an eye out for emails asking you to confirm the contact details associated with your domains as those with incorrect registration details could be cancelled.
Here’s an email that one of our clients received last week;
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 02:46
Subject: Important Notice Regarding Your Domain Name(s)
To: <EMAIL ADDRESS>
This is your annual notice that all registered domain names must have accurate and up-to-date contact information.
Please review the domain information below and verify its accuracy. If all information is up-to-date then no changes are necessary. Inaccurate or outdated information must be corrected by logging into your account.
While we do respect your privacy, we are required by ICANN, our regulating authority, to send these notices annually to all domain contacts. To learn more about this process and why it is required, please visit ICANN’s website: http://www.icann.org/whois/wdrp-registrant-faq.htm
Please remember that under the terms of your registration agreement, providing false or inaccurate Whois (contact) information can be grounds for the cancellation of your domain name registration.
Domains names for review as of October 1 thru December 31
Created: Oct 15, 2018; Type: Registrant
View Contact Data
*note: these links are only valid until : 2019-01-25
Your domain registration provider
This email is actually genuine, and the WHOIS Data Reminder Policy means that once a year your registrar should send you an email to confirm that your .com, .net, .org etc. domain is registered to the right name and address.
However, there are plenty of very similar emails doing the rounds that aren’t so harmless – so here are three things to remember;
- A genuine WDRP email won’t ask you to click a link to confirm or update your details.
- A WDRP email is only a reminder to check that the information is up to date, and updating the details won’t cost you any money.
- Always go directly to your registrars website if you need to update anything related to your domain. Don’t click any links in emails asking you to login.