If you own more than a couple domain names then you’ve surely received one of those emails or letters telling you to renew your domain or risk losing it. The notification is actually a trick to get you to transfer your domain to another registrar.
Two fraudsters charged with copying Whois data from Nominet and pulling a similar scheme must pay $1.3M damages plus $1.0 million in legal fees. The pair copied 2.2 million records from Nominet’s Whois database.
Scammers are always one step ahead of the public and two ahead of law enforcement. When people started catching on to the famous domain appraisal scam we started to see the domain trademark scam. The only thing you can do is stay alert and always be suspicious.