Website Hosting Scam Targeting ABMP Member Websites

ABMP members have recently shared more instances of receiving unsolicited "offers" from various web hosting companies that appear as invoices and imply that members need to pay a certain dollar amount to maintain their website listing as outlined in the news story at www.abmp.com/updates/news/web-hosting-scam-targets-massage-therapists. This confusing “offer” is simply a ploy targeting website domains including www.massagetherapy.com. These web hosting companies include Sunshine Biz Services and Domain Listings.

ABMP members get a free website with hosting as part of membership and never have to pay hosting or domain registration fees.

If you have received this type of correspondence, there are no steps you need to take; you can simply ignore the email, text, or letter.

Here is an example of this type of scam in the form of a text message, as recently reported by an ABMP member:

Here are two examples of fraudulent letters:

 

 

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Comments

Yes. I got one and ignored it. 

Didn't get a scam email. hope i don't. Thanks for the heads up. appreciate it. ABMP is great. I'm grateful for it. Annette Irwin

Thank you very much for the warning, I am sorry you all got one, I hope I don't get one. Much love to all my fellow therapists

People will attempt in any way to fool people with online scams.

Thank you for this news and warning. It's despicable that this is happening at all. People cheating others to make money.  

Subject:  Question/More Information

First Name:  Joe

Last Name:  Miller

Comment
 TERMINATION OF DOMAIN rockymountainhighmassage.com
Invoice#: 491343
Date: 03 Mar 2021

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REGARDING YOUR DOMAIN rockymountainhighmassage.com IS
ABSOLUTLY NECESSARY

TERMINATION OF YOUR DOMAIN rockymountainhighmassage.com WILL BE COMPLETED
WITHIN 24 HOURS

Your payment for the renewal of your domain rockymountainhighmassage.com has
not received yet

We have tried to reach you by phone several times, to inform you regarding
the TERMINATION of your domain rockymountainhighmassage.com

CLICK HERE FOR SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT: https://domain-service.ga

IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS, YOUR DOMAIN
rockymountainhighmassage.com WILL BE TERMINATED!

CLICK HERE FOR SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT: https://domain-service.ga

YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR DOMAIN
rockymountainhighmassage.com

The submission notification rockymountainhighmassage.com will EXPIRE WITHIN
24 HOURS after reception of this email

Phone #:  +1542384593236

Email:  info@domainregistration.com

Remote IP: 5.181.40.113

I'm getting emails like they are requesting information through my website.  Is there any way to stop this?

Mary, Thank you for reaching out. The best course of action is to ignore requests from these scam companies. Unfortunately, we are not aware of a way to completely prevent spam like this if your website and contact information is available online, which is why we do our best to notify members of the types of tactics used by scammers. —Jed at ABMP

I just received an email identical (except web name) to the one Mary H. received above. Thank you for posting this warning notice!