Domain name registrar under fire over alleged false billing claims – ARNnet

The Australian competition watchdog is taking action against local domain name registrars, Domain Name Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd, alleging the companies engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct.

Specifically, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), alleges that the companies, which have also traded as Domain Name Register or the Domain companies, made false or misleading representations to Australian businesses about the domain name services they offered.

The ACCC also alleges that the sole director of both the domain name companies was involved in the conduct.

According to the competition watchdog, from November 2015 to at least April this year, the domain companies sent out around 300,000 unsolicited notices to businesses, which the ACCC alleges looked like a renewal invoice for the business’s existing domain name.

Instead, these notices were for the registration of a new domain name, at a cost ranging from $249 to $275, the ACCC said.

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