Internet Renewal Services SCAM

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A J Street team member received this letter and although we immediately knew that this was a scam, it got us thinking about how many people may believe that this is REAL.  We wanted to help get the word out to everyone of this SCAM so share this far and wide!

This is a pretty good scam, too.  The letter is well structured with proper grammar and spelling.  We polled some friends – someone noticed that the business’s initials spelled IRS!  Great scare tactic to entice unsuspecting receivers to pay or endure the wrath of the IRS!  The letter also states (multiple times) that FAILURE to pay would result in the removal of the company from search engine directories – quite the threat to a business owner.  And notice all of the images of valid search engines – Google, YouTube, Bing, etc. at the bottom of the letter.  These scammers did their homework.

Shame on you, “Internet Renewal Services”, registered in Panama, with a mailing address in Spokane Valley, WA, and whose website is a single page that just displays their “business” name.

Please share this with all of your friends so no one falls for this scam!

10 comments

  1. Brent says:

    I received one of these as well. I reported them to the Washington State Attorney General.

  2. Mitch says:

    Our church received this “renewal” notice… I told ’em it’s a scam. You confirmed it for me, thanks!

  3. Sylvia Summers says:

    I almost sent the check!

    What caught me was they that had no phone number listed. My bank does not allow a online Bill Pay without it. So I decided to check up on them. Thank you for posting this warning.

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  4. Thank you for posting this scam information. I also received a bill from them and honestly could not remember if I had an account or someone who was hosting our website.

  5. Brent says:

    Response from my Attorney General Complaint:

    From: Fred Selby [mailto:fredselby1@gmail.com]

    Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 4:14 PM

    To: ATG MI CRC Complaint Processing

    Subject: Reference file number 491277

    Date: 9-16-2016

    Stephen W. Groff, Consumer Complaint Analyst

    I am writing this letter in response to a complaint brought to our attention through the Attorney General of Washington. The complaint file number is 491277.

    This complaint is directed towards a service mailer sent out in the Tacoma Washington market place. Internet Renewal Services provides online ranking support to our clients via search engine directory listing submissions. This service does support online page rank and presence. The service mailers we send out are not a scam; the services listed in our mailers are real and competitively priced for Internet service support. We perform every bit of the service promised, in a timely fashion. There is no malicious intent in our marketing strategies. We simply provide a service that is valuable at an affordable price.

    As mentioned in our mailers, we do not renew domain names, we provide search engine directory submissions. Having an account with Internet Renewal Services ensures that companies are listed in directories on top ranking search engines.

    One of the key factors in search engine page rank for websites is being listed within the search engine directories. Search engine directory submissions offered by Internet Renewal Services are a big benefit. We outsource for our clients, the tedious tasks that effect company visibility and growth. Our process ensures annual submissions for each of our clients. Cost for servicing each account is nominal compared to other online servicing companies, who may charge up to 10 times our service fees.

    Internet Renewal Services has made it a priority to present our services in a way that is clear and up front. We have made adjustments to our service mailers to accommodate concerns presented by potential clients. Thank you for the input; it helps us to provide better service for our clients.

    Sincerely,

    Service Team

    Internet Renewal Services

    service@internetrenewalservices.com

  6. You are welcome, Vanessa!

  7. So glad you took the time to verify that it was a scam!

  8. You are welcome, Mitch! It is sad that we all have to be on alert for these types of scams. The world would be a better place if everyone was honest.

  9. Great idea, Brent! I encourage everyone to report any scam they receive to the Washington State Attorney General at http://www.atg.wa.gov/file-complaint

  10. Thanks for sharing this, Brent!

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