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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Firms warned over net name scam
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Small businesses are being warned about a scam in which firms are asked to pay to register domain names.

A number of firms have been "cold called" by registration agents who say "third parties" are interested in registering a similar name.

The businesses are told there is only a very short timescale to purchase it or they risk losing the name.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said it had found a significant number of these claims could not be backed-up.

Businesses who have received calls and are concerned are advised to contact their local Trading Standards office.

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