Every so often a client sends me a picture like this one, asking if they need to pay this invoice.

Website Listing

The answer to this is NO. 

What is this? Why am I getting this bill?

If you have a website, you might get this invoice. But it’s not an invoice for anything you’ve signed up or agreed to. Basically, the folks here have this website that you can go to, and I’m not going to link to it, and if you send in your $228, they’ll put your name in their directory.

That’s it. $228 to get into their directory. On a website that you’ve probably never heard of.

How it works.

You get an invoice in the mail, it looks like an invoice for your domain, which you want to keep, and without realizing it you send in a check to cover the cost and there you go, you’ve paid to be in their directory.

It does say on the invoice that it’s not a bill, it is a solicitation, so if you read it, you may realize that it’s not an invoice. But they make it look just like an invoice! It’s got your domain name on it, it says DOMAIN LISTINGS as the company. None of this is accidental or coincidental. They want you to think it’s an invoice and send in a check.

Be advised that if you get this “invoice” in the mail, just throw it in the trash. 

Amy Masson

Amy is the co-owner, developer, and website strategist for Sumy Designs. She's been making websites with WordPress since 2006 and is passionate about making sure websites are as functional as they are beautiful.

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