"Internet Registry of Canada"     aka     "Domain Registry of Canada" aka iDNS Canada

Competition Bureau Issues Warning to Canadians about Misleading Mailings for Internet Domain Name Registrations

March 31, 2006
I received an invoice for the renewal of my company’s Internet domain name that appears to be from an official Internet registry or agency of the Government of Canada. Is this legitimate?

If you receive a notice that your Internet domain name is about to expire and you need to pay to renew it, examine the notice carefully before deciding to pay. This may be a deceptive mail scam. The Government does not provide Internet domain name registration services and any invoice for such services that appears to be from a government agency is likely a scam. Verify that any invoice is from your regular supplier and that your company is in fact an existing customer or wishes to become a customer of the Internet registry asking for payment. Sending out such phoney invoices is a violation of the false and misleading representation provisions of the Competition Act.

Ottawa, June 30, 2004 - A Toronto man who targeted over 73,000 business and non-profit organizations across Canada with a deceptive mailout for the renewal of their Internet domain names has been sentenced to a $40,000 fine and a five-year prohibition order. The sentence results from an investigation by the Competition Bureau into Mr. Daniel Klemann and Internet Registry of Canada (IROC) under the misleading representations provisions of the Competition Act.

Ottawa, October 28, 2002 - The Competition Bureau announced today that charges were laid in Toronto against the Internet Registry of Canada and its principals under the Competition Act's misleading representations and deceptive telemarketing provisions.

Ottawa, July 18, 2001 - The Competition Bureau issued a warning today to Canadian consumers and businesses that own internet domain names to take caution before paying what appear to be invoices from the "Domain Registry of Canada" for the registration or re-registration of their domain names.

The "Internet Registry of Canada aka "Domain Registry of Canada" is not certified by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the body officially sanctioned to administer the registration of the ".ca" domain name in Canada. Only CIRA CIRA Certified Registrars can apply to CIRA for registration of ".ca" domain names. For a list of CIRA certified registrars please visit their web site at www.cira.ca. Also the Competition Bureau Issues Warning and later charged the Internet Registry of Canada (aka Domain Registry of Canada).

Complaints received by the Competition Bureau indicate that the mailings or [2008-02-02.jpg] or [iroc800.jpg], [iroc640.jpg], [envelope] are from the "Internet Registry of Canada" aka "Domain Registry of Canada" give the impression that it is affiliated with the Government of Canada or that it is an officially sanctioned agency registering domain names in Canada. The "Internet Registry of Canada" is not associated with any government agency.

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that ensures all Canadians enjoy the benefits of a competitive economy, low prices, product choice and quality service. It oversees the application of the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the Textile Labelling Act and the Precious Metals Marking Act.

The Competition Bureau examines complaints of suspected misleading representations in the marketplace. Businesses and consumers who believe they have been misled should contact the Bureau toll free at 1-800-348-5358 or visit the Bureau's web site located at: www.competitionbureau.gc.ca.


Point 14: By paying their fraudulent invoices, you are agreeing to transfer
ownership of your domain name to Internet Registry of Canada.