It would be nice if the commentater had actually bothered to find out what the link leads to. Just go back to the email and click it. It doesn't say "transfer" anywhere on that page.
It would've been nice if the commentater hadn't somehow failed to see that the link was still in the email and clicked on it. Then he might not have made a fool of himself. ;)
Still. I would like to see what would happen if you actually filled out the form for a domain registered elsewhere.
Since VeriSign's form had no sort of verification of ownership of the domain beyond information publically available at least on that first form, it would seem to be possible for anyone, owner or not, to go in and transfer the domain.
That goes way beyond fraud or blackmail.
Concerning the fraud vs. blackmail/extortion issue: Which part of "It will be deleted very soon unless you renew it immediately" don't you understand. You may have gotten fake invoices for some stuff or other you didn't order, but I bet none of them threatened to take away from you what you already own.
I understand it perfectly. I just find it unlikely that anyone would believe it. And note also at the bottom that is says, "If you have already renewed, please disregard this notice and accept our apologies for any inconvenience.", which pretty much invalidates the part at the top which you mentioned, in my mind anyway.
And I did read the email dude. You may have noticed in my comment that I quoted it. For some reason, the link just slipped by my eyes. Tiredness perhaps?
I still think that you're completely overblowing the size of the danger here. It's possible that a limited number of people might get fooled, but to me the message seems to pretty obviously be nothing more than a new low for spam.
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