Your domain name can be your most valuable online asset. Many website owners routinely receive communications from their domain name registrars. Whether it is to inform a domain name owner of an upcoming expiration or special offers or incentives, it is likely that domain owners will receive communications at some point.
However, domain name owners need to keep a careful eye on any and all communications received, to ensure they do not fall victim to the practice of domain name hijacking.
Domain name hijacking, in its simplest form, is the theft or coercing of a domain name owner into transferring his or her registered domains from a current registrar to an unscrupulous one. This can happen in one of several ways.
Oftentimes, a domain name owner will receive a notice though postal mail or email, appearing to be on behalf of the current domain registrar, stating that it’s time to renew the domain registration. This type of misleading communication is often referred to as “Domain Slamming”, and it is something domain name holders need to be aware of.