FC: Verisign reportedly sending deceptive domain registration bills

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Mar 24 2002 - 21:57:46 PST

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    Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 19:26:15 -0500
    To: declanat_private
    From: Peter Wayner <pcwat_private>
    [Another scandal mixing spam, the DNS tables and ICANN.--Peter]
    >Date: 23 Mar 2002 00:07:10 -0000
    >To: pcwat_private
    >From: serviceat_private
    >Please be aware that Verisign, Inc. (formerly Network Solutions) is 
    >sending via the US Mail, what we believe to be deceptive and predatory 
    >domain expiration notices.
    >The purpose behind these notices is to get the unsuspecting customer to 
    >transfer to and renew their domain name(s) with Verisign Inc. at 
    >significantly higher prices.
    >The domain expiration notices are designed so that it is not obvious that 
    >the notices are from Verisign, Inc. as opposed to Go Daddy Software. To 
    >see a copy of one of these deceptive expiration notices, please go to the 
    >following URL: http://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/private_vsrn.asp?display=letter.
    >Those customers who fall prey to the Verisign, Inc. scheme will have their 
    >domain name(s) renewed at a price more than 3 times higher than would be 
    >the case if they renewed with Go Daddy Software.
    >For a .com, .net or .org domain name renewal, the victimized customer 
    >would pay $29.00 to Verisign, Inc. instead of the $8.95 charged by Go 
    >Daddy Software.
    >Those customers who fall prey to this scheme, will not receive any better 
    >service or value.  They will however be tricked out of $20.05 per domain name.
    >Renewal notices from Go Daddy Software are sent via email, and always 
    >mention the Go Daddy name.  You can be sure that any communications you 
    >receive concerning your domain name that do not explicitly and obviously 
    >display the Go Daddy name are not from Go Daddy Software.
    >If you believe, as we do, that this practice of Verisign Inc. is 
    >misleading, predatory and improper, we invite you to make your feelings 
    >known by writing to ICANN (who is the governing body for all Registrarís 
    >and Registries) and to Verisign Registry.  Email links for both are 
    >provided below.
    >Bob Parsons, President
    >Go Daddy Software, Inc.
    >ICANN Registrar Complaint Form (hosted at InterNIC)
    >VeriSign Registry Customer Service
    >Phone: 703-948-3200
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