Is this a scam? Domain renewal

I'm usually good at detecting scams. Not sure about this one. It arrived in French, which I can read, but here's the English translation.

SAS OVH
2 rue Kellerman
BP 80157
59100 Roubaix

Dear Customer,

You are receiving this message because you are contact on the domain name [domain name]

This expired on the Registry yesterday, 6 Oct 2022 (UTC).

If you want to keep this domain name, you must renew it. the
domain will be renewable at regular rate until Oct 7, 2022 (UTC)
If, on the other hand, you don't want to keep it, you don't have to do anything.
For information, without action on your part, [domain name] fall back into the public domain at
around Oct. 7, 2022 (UTC) (the date may vary slightly depending on Registries and
time zones).

To renew, please go to the OVH website by clicking directly
on the link below:

https://www.ovh-cgi4159.com/fr/cgi-bin/order/renew.cgi?id=IDnqXrKK38OR0mPdq7iSNWSp4H0Tkr1qc4&xtor?domain_list=[my domain name]

(if the link does not appear on a single line, please copy-paste the entire address into your browser)

Finally, be aware that if you miss the renewal deadline, your domain name will go into
restorable status between Oct 7, 2022 (UTC) and Oct 8, 2022 (UTC). Note however
that the price of this operation could be much higher than a renewal
normal.


Do not hesitate to contact our Support Service if you need help or simply more
of information :
https://help.ovhcloud.net/fr/contact/
We thank you for your confidence.

Cordially.

[Ref=drmwsg]

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This website says that SAS OVH is a potentially high risk ISP.

https://scamalytics.com/ip/isp/ovh-sas


shoshannah said:

This website says that SAS OVH is a potentially high risk ISP.

https://scamalytics.com/ip/isp/ovh-sas

I'm a bit confused.  Who is it that normally handles your domain registration?


Firstly, it thinks yesterday was in October. Secondly, their support site is completely different from the link they want you to click on. ovhcloud.net is not ovh-cgi4159.com. It's a scam, and I would report it and move on without a second thought.


Thank you everyone. That's what I thought. Clearly, the domain didn't go away because I'm still getting emails.

drummerboy said:

I'm a bit confused.  Who is it that normally handles your domain registration?

I bought the domain from google domains.


I have had a domain with my last name.org for at least 20 years and for a few years I got emails from some non-Yahoo entity asking for money to renew it. I never responded and my domain and email are still functioning normally.  I haven't gotten one of those emails in like, 5 or 6 years. So, ignore them and they'll likely go away. (I got mine from Yahoo and I don't know if they're still collecting the $4.99/month or not.) 


The_Soulful_Mr_T said:

I have had a domain with my last name.org for at least 20 years and for a few years I got emails from some non-Yahoo entity asking for money to renew it. I never responded and my domain and email are still functioning normally.  I haven't gotten one of those emails in like, 5 or 6 years. So, ignore them and they'll likely go away. (I got mine from Yahoo and I don't know if they're still collecting the $4.99/month or not.) 

So you may be paying 4.99 for infinity and you don't care???


4.99 a month seems overpriced. I pay $12 a year for my domain name.


RTrent said:

4.99 a month seems overpriced. I pay $12 a year for my domain name.

That was an error on my part. I don't seem to have been charged at all over the past few years. 


If it really was addressed to 'Dear Customer' it is usually a scam.  If you do have a business relationship/account, it would normally address you by name......even with a name, it could be a scam, but less likely.


I usually get one scam letter from Domain Registry of America - it's mentioned here along with a bunch of other scams:

https://www.johnnyflash.com/domain-registry-of-america-scam/

Just make sure you know where your domain is registered - and it's also important update your email address if it has changed.



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