Beware domain renewal scams

This document outlines how to spot a domain renewal scam.

Document 5906  |  Last updated:  02/12/2021 MJY

Website owners everywhere, not just XSite owners, are apt to get unsolicited e‑mail — and on occasion, physical mail — urging them to pay a fee before their domain name expires. Of course, some domain‑related messages are legitimate. But how can you tell the difference?

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 Legitimate messages

  • Messages from are legitimate. These messages won't ask for a fee. Usually they require you to click a link within the e‑mail to verify your contact information.
  • If you're using a domain that you purchased from a 3rd party domain name provider, it's best to respond to any e‑mails they send you.

Here's a visual example of a legitimate e‑mail:


ICANN requires eNom, our registrar, to send verification messages like the one above to all domains registered through them.

 Possible scams

  • With respect to domains registered through your XSite, any messages that ask you to pay a fee to a third party should be ignored. We take care of your domain for you as part of your annual subscription.
  • Scam e‑mails may use verbiage like "cancellation" and "deadlines," and direct you to make a "secure online payment," or sign up for a paid service. You should handle links like this with care, and refrain from giving out personal or payment information.

Here's a visual example of a scam e‑mail:


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