I got an email today which looks like one of those ICANN required verification emails that registrars have to send out to domain holders.
ICANN requires registrars to send a notice to verify whois information and “when a registrant does not respond for over 15 calendar days to a registrar’s inquiries regarding the accuracy of contact details or Whois data associated with the registration, the action can be to terminate or suspend the non-responsive registrant’s domain name, or to place a lock on the domain name registration until the registrar is able to validate information provided by the registrant.”
However, this email is coming from DomainVerification.net with the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org, not the domain registrar the domain is registered with.
The domain name DomainVerification.net was just registered on December 31, 2015.
The notice actually refers to the ICANN verification rule, both on top of the notice, as you can see from the screenshot and also below the notice where it says:
“Please update within 24-48 hours to avoid domain name suspension. ICANN, the internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, requires that all domain registrars maintain correct and current WHOIS contact data for domain owners.”
In this case however the notice is NOT coming from the registrar but a different company.
Of course your domain registrar does not charge you anything to verify your information as required by ICANN.
If you did pay money to verify your domain with DomainVerification.net but did not respond to a email from your domain registrar, I think your domain would wind up being suspended anyway.
The email asks you to click on a link to say the whois info is Accurate or not accurate and no matter which you click on you go to the following site which is charging between $93.95 and $49.95 a year ($9.95 for a 501 c-3)
The DomainVerification.net site has in the about us section only a contact form, no address, phone number or email and nothing else about the site or the company behind it.