Fraud Alert - German Firm Sending Deceptive Faxes and Letters to Dot-ca Domain Name Registrants



    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Internet Registration
Authority (CIRA) is advising dot-ca domain name Registrants to not respond to
faxes, letters, or other communications from DAD Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH,
a German company, under the confusing banner of the Registre Internet du
Canada (Canadian Internet Registry).
    The scam is targeting CIRA Registrants in Quebec with French language
faxes or letters containing official looking forms requesting Registrant
contact information. While the forms appear to be required to update domain
name Registration records, they are actually luring unsuspecting Registrants
into a $1457 package of marketing services offered by DAD Deutscher
Adressdienst GmbH.
    DAD Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH and the Registre Internet du Canada
(Canadian Internet Registry) are not affiliated with the Canadian Internet
Registration Authority (CIRA). CIRA strongly cautions domain Registrants
against providing any information or payment to them.
    CIRA has reported this matter to law enforcement agencies and will
continue to inform dot-ca Registrants of related developments. If you have
received a suspect solicitation or have any questions, please contact CIRA
Customer Support at 1-877-860-1411 between 8:00 to 20:00 EDT, Monday to
Friday.

    About CIRA

    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the not-for-profit
Canadian corporation responsible for operating Canada's dot-ca Internet
country code Top Level Domain. With over 825,000 dot-ca domain names
registered to individuals, companies and government agencies, Canada's dot-ca
Internet domain has quickly become a critical part of Canada's Internet
infrastructure.




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For further information: Media Inquiries: David Hicks, Manager,
Marketing and Communications, (613) 237-5335 (ext. 292)


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