If you are a domain name owner, webmaster or even an agent offering such services to your clients, you must have already received a “domain name abuse notice faking to be from ICANN, and using email address Mason.firstname.lastname@example.org”. While it’s true that ICANN does handle domain names and related use, the one thing I know is that they too use the registra in addition to other ways to let the owner know of their service abuse.
In this supposedly “fake” email sent by “Mason.email@example.com”, it is indicated that the domain name has “yourdomain.com’ is involved in “unlawful” acts. And it is advised that one downloads the “abuse report of your domain along with date/time of incidents” by simply clicking on the link provided. This indeed made me wonder who was ‘fool**g” who since the same message contains a way on how to remove the blacklist and simply the link redirecting to one Word Doc.
When I took time to cross check on the who is details of “icann-monitor.org”, I was amazed that this had just been registered just a day and wonder how and where they got data that I was misusing my website. May be it is them who are misusing theirs to an extent that they can’t show their exact data as you can see in the screenshot below.
Now read below this message and see if it is the very one you received. Yes, many people out there including me go this scaring message when we first opened it. But if you are reading this, then know it that this is a “scam’ message sent from non genuine people with intention to steal personal data. Just like you are asked to click their link attached onto the message, chances are that you will download trojans, malware and other software which will steal your personal data.
Dear Domain Owner,
Our system has detected that your domain: Xxxxx.com is being used for spamming and spreading malware recently.
You can download the detailed abuse report of your domain along with date/time of incidents. Click Here
We have also provided detailed instruction on how to delist your domain from our blacklisting.
Please download the report immediately and take proper action within 24 hours otherwise your domain will be suspended permanently.
There is also possibility of legal action depend on severity and persistence of your abuse case.
Three Simple Steps:
1. Download your abuse report.
2. Check your domain abuse incidents along with date and time.
3. Take few simple steps for prevention and to avoid domain suspension.
Click Here to Download your Report
Please look into it and contact us.
Domain Abuse Dept.
Tel.: (139) 711-83-21
This entire message of “Domain Abuse Notice from Mason.firstname.lastname@example.org – Yourdomain.com is being used for spamming and spreading malware recently.You can download the detailed abuse report of your domain along with date/time of incidents’ is pure scam with own intentions other than being a legitimate message please be aware. Even Google already marked this message with a Red mark in Gmail..