How can I avoid domain name billing scams?

Domain name owners are occasionally the target of scams designed to prey on the unwary. Be on the lookout for the common scams below:

A common scam is to send you a fake offer to buy a domain name for an inflated price, then say you have to have it “appraised” for a fee.

A company named "Domain Registry of America" is sending misleading "expiration notices" to domain name owners via postal (paper) mail. This company has been cited by the FTC for misleading consumers.

A company calling itself "Domain Renewal Online" is sending misleading renewal notices.

A company named "Internet Listing Service" is sending misleading subscription invoices to domain name owners via postal (paper) mail.

A common scam message sent to domain name owners claims to be from a Chinese domain name registration company.

A company named "DNS Services" is sending misleading statements to domain name owners via postal (paper) mail.