We often get a mail from our clients and customers informing us that they received a suspicious email with the subject line: IMMEDIATE VERIFICATION required for domainname.com where domainname.com is a real domain name which they own.
We felt it necessary to write an article on this to clear the facts. Scroll down for FAQs on this email.
As of January 1, 2014, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has mandated that all ICANN accredited registrars begin verifying the WHOIS contact information for all new domain registrations and Registrant contact modifications.
The following change has been made to the Registrant contact information for one or more of your domains and requires verification:
Please click the link below to verify the Registrant email address. You have a 15-day window from the time of the contact change to verify the email address. After 15 days, the domain(s) associated with this Registrant contact will be suspended until the e-mail address is verified.
Click here to verify your email address
If the above link does not work, please copy-and-paste the following URL into an open web browser to complete the verification process:
Once you click the link, your email address will be instantly verified and there is nothing further for you to do on the following domains:
No. This is not a spam / scam / phishing email. This is a genuine email automatically sent through the domain name provider, requesting you to verify changes to your email address or Registrant information which was provided in the WHOIS information.
You received this email because you changed the WHOIS email address or WHOIS Contact information of the Registrant Contact. This is a security measure to ensure one more step of verification, to avoid your domain name being stolen or misused without the owners consent.
No. You should not receive this email again, unless you change the Registrant details in the WHOIS information. If you change the email address in the WHOIS records, then you will receive this same verification mail on the new email address.
Do as the email instructs and click on the link to verify it.
On clicking the link, you should see the message below. You do not need to take any further action after seeing this message. You can then close the window.
If you ignore this email, after 15 days, the domain name mentioned will be SUSPENDED i.e. it will be unusable until the email address is verified.
To avoid suspension of the domain name, click on the link to verify the email address. It takes just a few seconds.