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ICANN IRTP-C impact on Domain Transfers

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ICANN has mandated certain updates to the Domain Transfer Policy for enhanced verification when either the Registrant or the Registrar change occurs. This will be effective from 1st of December, 2016.

Here are some of the key aspects that are part of the new Transfer Policy :

Impact on Inter-Registrar Transfers

A Form of Authorization, or FOA, is the email that is sent to the registered name holder when a domain transfer is initiated to approve the request. The FOA will now expire after 60 days if the transfer is not completed, unless we allow an automatic renewal and the registrant has expressly opted in to an automatic renewal.

● The FOA is void if the domain name expires before approval.

Impact on Inter-Registrant Transfers

● If a material change is made, we must collect consent from both the Prior Registrant and the New Registrant, prior to making the requested change, even if you represent both parties. A “material change” is a change in the name, company or email address listed for the registrant contact.

● If the Prior Registrant and New Registrant do not confirm the change within 60 days of the request, the change implementation will not proceed.

● Once both Prior and New Registrant parties agree to the requested contact changes, the information will be updated within 1 day after.

Impact on Privacy Protection

The Registrar on Record will act a designated approver for the Registrant. So no approval is needed from the Registrant listed on the domain. An email will be sent to the registrant whenever the status of Privacy Protection is changed. This email is merely for notification purposes.

 

We hope this was helpful. To know more about the policy please refer to the ICANN website.

 

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ICANN Domain Renewal Scam

icann logoICANN, the global domain name coordinator, has raised awareness of a global scamming issue regarding domain renewals.

ICANN Domain Renewal Scam

The latest ploy among cybercriminals is sending registrants domain renewal emails, which pretend to be coming from ICANN.

The scam emails are only aimed at misleading the registrants into giving their financial information on the phishing sites they are redirected to from the email notifications.

What To Watch Out For

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has managed to outline a few common characteristics of the emails sent by scammers:

  • The scam email encourages the recipient to click on a link to renew the domain online at an attractively low price.
  • The ‘renewal promotion’ email appears to be sent by ICANN. It features ICANN’s branding and logo in the body of the message.
  • The fake renewal page that the email leads to also tries to mimic a page managed by ICANN.

While ICANN has initiated a thorough investigation of this aggressive scam campaign, they recommend that registrants also take steps to protect their personal information.

What To Do

So, if you receive an email similar to the one described above, you should keep in mind the following notes:

  • Any email that offers domain renewal services from ICANN is NOT authentic, since ICANN does not process domain registrations or collect fees from registrants directly. All domain expiration notifications are sent from us – your hosting provider.
  • You should contact our support team directly for any concerns about the status of your domain name.
  • To help ICANN fight this global scam practice, you can report any scam email received at compliance@icann.org. A copy of the scam email is required for maximum investigation results.