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Dot-ca Domain Fraud

CIRA (The Canadian Internet Registration Authority) advises Registrants of dot-ca domain names not to respond to any fax, letter or other form of communication from DAD (Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH). They are a German company under the Registre Internet du Canada (Canadian Internet Registry) flag.

The scam targets CIRA Registrants in Quebec (with French language faxes or letters containing official looking forms requesting Registrant contact information). The forms appear to require you to update Domain Registration records, however they actually lure unsuspecting Registrants into a $1457 marketing services package (offered by DAD Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH).

DAD Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH and the Registre Internet du Canada (Canadian Internet Registry) are not associated with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). CIRA strongly cautions domain Registrants against providing information and payment.

CIRA has reported the situation to law enforcement agencies and continues to inform dot-ca Registrants of developments. Please contact CIRA Customer Support at 1-877-860-1411 between 8:00 to 20:00 EDT, Monday to Friday if you have received a suspect solicitation or have any questions.

CIRA (the Canadian Internet Registration Authority) is a non-profit Canadian corporation who operate Canada’s dot-ca Internet country code Top Level Domains. Canada has over 825,000 dot-ca Domain Names registered to individuals, companies and government agencies. Canada’s dot-ca Internet domain has rapidly become a crucial part of the country’s Internet infrastructure.