A piece of spam made it through Swirbo, so I naturally inspected it to determine its intention, layout, etc. You can view the message (in PDF format) here. The most disturbing part of this email was that I couldn’t tell it was immediately fake. The legal jargon, combined with a direct reference to my domain, topped off with its overall style – all contributed to my initial impression that it could be legitimate.
The part that makes me so angry about this mail is that I’m sure many others have fallen prey to this scheme. I also learned that Registrars have been doing this sort of scam for years (especially network solutions). This message actually lies in a few areas – so I wonder if there’s any legal footing to sue them for false claims/representations. I also thought it would be interesting to register the domain under a different name (ie: not Swirbo/CentreSource) and then contact them to exercise my ‘right to refuse’! I wonder how they would honor the claims made by their message :)