Not Quite Slamming

It’s one thing when a company tries to sell you a service you’re already paying for to get you to switch.  It’s quite another when they try selling you something you don’t even know you don’t have — or need. 

I received these before.  Using the same fear method as Domain Registry of America, they want you to pay them so that you don’t lose your Internet ranking.  Who knows what service they are actually selling, but not paying them will not result in losing ranking — that is a lie.  And they don’t specify what people do to make you findable. 

This company, with all information hidden in the WHOIS for their name, is nothing but a page to receive your money.  No contact information or link to ANYTHING.  You basically pay and then have no way to reach them or know what you are getting.  Real scumbags who need to be hunted down.

The funny thing is they have a disclaimer that “this is not an invoice” and get to the e-mail gives an invoice number!  Here is the actual text, and a partial image:

This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for KENTROPOLIS.COM.

Failure to complete your search engine registration by Nov 30, 2010 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
Your registration includes search engine submission for KENTROPOLIS.COM for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by Nov 30, 2010. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register KENTROPOLIS.COM for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.
This Offer for KENTROPOLIS.COM will expire on Nov 30, 2010. Act today!