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Search Engine Registration Scam

I received the following email after recently registering a new domain name. An edited copy of the email is as follows.

Hi there Michael Petrynka,

Domain Name: [your domain name and some account number]
This email is being sent out to you because search registration for [your domain name] is pending.
Please register these domains to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo ASAP to avoid late fees.

Registering for search engines would help you show up in search results and increase your online presence.

You can register your domain at: [link removed]
We sincerely appreciate your business! If you require anything, we are at your service.

Remember… If you do not register your domain with the search engines, it may not appear in the search engine listing when people are looking for you. Failure to complete your domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may make it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web. Complete your search engine registration today at: [link removed].


Sincerely,

Search Engine Registry 
1787 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 1025
Washington DC, 20006

This is clearly a scam. Don't be fooled. There is no need to pay anyone for registering domain names with search engines. The way it is worded might lead you to believe that this process must be completed as part of your domain name registration. If you receive any emails similar to this, do some of your own research first before clicking on the links.

Other resources referencing the same scam.

http://squelchdesign.com/web-design-newbury/search-registration-scams/

http://donnasblog.com/new-domain-registration-scams/

https://www.woollybear.com/help/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/325/0/email-search-engine-registration-pending