The online world was jilted once again by yet another scam which was brought to light by a news that reached the subscribers of ICANN newsletter on 15th of July 2014.
This scam involves an unknown online entity which is forcing and pressurizing owners of top level domains (TLDs) to buy a certificate that they are posing to be very essential for its domain’s security. Actually it is a worthless fake document which will guarantee nothing other than your money going into fraudster’s pocket. Going a step further this document also has un authorized use of ICANN logo. ICANN in its recent news alert clarified that it has nothing to do with this kind of a certificate and that this should be treated as a scam.
It appears that the target for this spurious certificate are TLD owners, like .com or .net or .org. They are being wrongfully approached online by fraudsters under the name of ICANN and are being made to believe that if they do not buy this certification, it will definitely harm their domains.
ICANN or Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a non-profit organization that is committed to the vision of “one world, one internet”. Its mission is primarily ensuring the stability and security of the internet worldwide. ICANN has officially declared that it does not sell any such certificates or does not charge any fees from the registrants. It also requests that anybody who faces a similar situation should contact them via an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is advised to all domain owners to beware of this scam and also if anyone wants go ahead with the purchase of a domain name then it should be done legally from a registrar who is registered with ICANN (a complete list of approved registrars is available on their website).
Be alert and stay safe!