These scams take advantage of the fact the person handling the administrative duties for the business may not know whether any advertising or promotional activities have actually been requested.
Many email-based ransomware scams use fake bills as attachments to infect your computer.
Alternatively you could be sent a letter that looks like a renewal notice for your actual domain name, but it is from a different company to the one you have previously used to register your domain name.
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These scams often involve goods or services that you regularly order: paper, printing supplies, maintenance supplies or advertising.
You might receive a phone call from someone claiming to be your regular supplier, or simply a new supplier, telling you that the offer is a 'special' or available for a 'limited time only'.
Your business might be sent an invoice, letter or invitation to be listed in a bogus trade directory or to renew your website domain name.
Or the scammer might phone you out of the blue to confirm details of an advertisement booking or insist you've ordered certain goods or services.
Australian website domain names are registered with accredited domain name registrars and resellers, and must be renewed every couple of years.
All registrars and resellers of domains in Australia are accredited through the industry self-regulatory body Domain Administrator (au DA).
If you agree to buy any of these supplies that are offered to you, they will often be overpriced and bad quality.
Additionally, you may receive a further invoice or notification claiming that you have signed up to an ongoing supplier contract.
These are often presented to look like renewals for genuine directory publishers.