Do not pay bills from 'Deutsche Domain Verwaltung'
Denic, the registry for .de domains, warns of a criminal who pretends to be 'German Domain Management' (DDV) and demands money from some domain owners for the 'online switching of the web address'. The following is the exact wording of the Denic message:
+++ Beware of dubious domain offer +++
Numerous domain owners today received a letter from a so-called German domain administration, in which they are asked to pay a fee of 369 marks for an unspecified online connection of their web address. In this context, DENIC eG, as the registry for DE domains, points out to all domain owners that this is not an invoice for the DE domain, but that a high level of criminal energy is used to try to get the customer for a pointless and to pull dubious service out of your pocket. If you don't pay, you don't endanger your registered DE domain, nor does anything change its accessibility. DENIC is currently examining how it can act against these machinations with the greatest prospect of success.