Scam: Search Engine Registration for Domain is Pending

If you are new to registering domains, you may have received one of these emails in your inbox. Beware – it is a scam trying to take advantage of newbies who don’t know better.

It looks like this:

Hi there [name]
Domain Name: XXXXXXXXXX.com (Account #XXXXX)
This email is being sent out to you because search registration for XXXXXXXXXX.com 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: here
We sincerely appreciate your business! If you require anything, we are at your service.
Registering your website with the three major search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo, is a critical step in your online success. Did you know that 95% of people use search engines to find what they are looking for? Right now, your website cannot be located. You can still correct this by immediately completing your registration here

Our services typically cost $397.00, but don’t worry – the offer I described to you is still available (but only for 2 more days)! Use the coupon SPECIAL9 and register XXXXXXXXX.com for only $9.
Sincerely,
Search Engine Submission
1787 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 1025
Washington DC, 20006
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They try to make the email look legit, but they are trying to charge you for something you can do yourself for free. Not only is it free, but also very easy to do. Normal price $397?!! But since you’re giving me a great deal, only $9?!! What a joke!

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