Is Domain Networks a Scam? Yep! Here’s What You Need to Know.

Business owners who manage their company's website and domain are being targeted by a new scam. A phony directory company named 'Domain Networks' is sending out what appears to be legitimate invoices to businesses requesting up to $289 for 'listing maintenance'. However, the company is not actually maintaining any client domains - they are simply an online business directory, and a poor one at that. What makes this scam particularly alarming is that the invoice includes personal information that is publicly available but not easily accessible, such as your business name and address, domain name, and server names. The scammers have designed the invoice to look similar to a legitimate invoice and even include a stamped envelope for payment, making it harder to detect the fraudulent activity.

At first glance, the mail looks genuine, but upon closer examination, it becomes clear that it's a scam. The phony invoice appears to be for domain maintenance, but in reality, the $289 payment is for a listing on the Domain Networks website. Unfortunately, this directory is poorly constructed and won't provide any benefits to your business. It doesn't even show up in relevant Google searchs.

You might be wondering, how can I tell this is a scam?

Well, there are certainly some giveaways - like the fact that the phony invoice is about as convincing as a Nigerian prince's email offering you millions of dollars. But I guess some scammers think that a poorly built website directory and a stamped envelope are all it takes to trick businesses out of their hard-earned cash.

1st Red Flag

Anyone who has their “legal” terms and agreements page on their main nav menu is probably up to no good.

2nd Red Flag

Their mobile site looks like this...If a "tech" company can't get their website right then it's best not to trust them.

3rd Red Flag

It is very unclear what you are buying. There is no real description of what their services are or what they do.

How do they get away with this?

It might seem unjust but the simple fact is that if you put what the invoice actually is on the invoice, it will hold up legally. In small text on the invoice, Domain Networks confirms:

“This is not a bill. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer.”

Ah yes, the fine print. You know, that tiny block of text buried in the middle of a sea of words, just waiting for someone to accidentally overlook it? That's where you'll find the real kicker - the fact that the $289 payment is actually for a listing on Domain Networks' website. It's almost like these scammers are trying to play a game of 'Gotcha!' with unsuspecting victims. And who do they target? Well, the elderly and other vulnerable groups, of course. So, let this be a lesson to all of us - always read the fine print. Don't let these sneaky crooks take advantage of you. And let's not forget, Domain Networks may try to hide their scam behind the fine print, but they're still breaking the law. We can only hope that the authorities catch them soon.

How did they get my information?

Many people are not aware that when you register a domain, your personal information becomes publicly available through the Whois database. This includes your name, email address, phone number, and physical address. The only way to keep this information private is to pay extra for domain privacy protection.

So how does Domain Networks get your information? It's actually quite simple. They simply search the Whois database for recently registered domains, then send out fake invoices to the associated business address.

While this may sound concerning, there's really no need to worry. It's important to remember that the information that Domain Networks is able to access is already public. Additionally, even if you fall victim to this scam and send them money, it's unlikely that they'll be able to do anything with your information beyond what's already publicly available.

That being said, it's always a good idea to be cautious with your personal information. If you're not comfortable with your personal information being public, you can always opt for domain privacy protection when registering a domain.


In conclusion, the scam by Domain Networks is a classic example of how scammers try to prey on unsuspecting business owners. By using deceptive practices and burying important information in the fine print, they try to trick people into paying for services they don't need or want. It's crucial to read the fine print on any financial document and to be cautious of any unsolicited requests for payment. If you receive a bill from Domain Networks or any other suspicious company, do your due diligence and investigate thoroughly before paying anything. It's also essential to remember that your domain registration information is public, and scammers can easily find it online, but you should not be overly concerned as long as you take necessary precautions, such as paying for domain privacy protection. Stay vigilant, and don't let scammers take advantage of you or your business.

GOAT502MEDIA is here for your web design and video production needs. Contact us today to get started telling your story.
Follow Us
Recent Posts

Understanding Key Analytics Metrics

Analytics metrics provide invaluable insights into user behavior, engagement, and the performance of your website or application. By understanding these metrics and their significance, you can make informed decisions to [...]
Read more
Start Your Website with Our Top Domain and Hosting Providers!

Ad - Skystra Website and Email Hosting - Click to learn more.

Your All-in-One Web Design & Video Production Solution

At GOAT502MEDIA, we're passionate about bringing your brand to life through stunning web design and video production.

Contact Us Today

We would love to hear from you regarding your web design or video production project. Reach out to us today!

Join our newsletter

We'll send you a nice letter once per week. No spam.

GOAT502MEDIA is here for your web design and video production needs. Contact us today to get started telling your story.
Copyright © 2023 GOAT502MEDIA