I wish I had a dime for EVERY client who has contacted us about this!
Flip over the letter, and side two reads, (SHOUTING AT YOU, IN ALL CAPS): “YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED ABOVE UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER.”
DO NOT pay “Domain Authority” anything. Paying them the requested $289 will definitely NOT renew your domain name. From their website FAQ page:
Q: I received a mailer that looks like a bill.
A: What you received in the mail is not a bill. This is an advertisement for our domain listing services.
Directory Listing Versus Domain Name
“US Domain Authority” is not a domain name registrar at all. They are a directory listing service.
A directory listing is an online list of business information. The listing provides information about businesses which can including name, address, phone number, associations, services, products, etc. Some of these services may or may not be worthwhile, but skip this one for sure.
A domain name is what comes after the “@” in an email address, or after “www.” in a website address. If someone asks how to find your website online, tell them your domain name. A domain name is what users type in a browser’s search bar to directly access your website.
What To Do Now?
When you receive a fake bill from “US Domain Authority” do not pay it, shread it, recycle it. And simply repeat next time they send you another “bill”!