Is 1&1 IONOS a Scam or Legit?

                       Is 1&1 IONOS Practicing Scam or Not?

Logo to display on web pageIn today’s review, we will identify the possibility and decide for ourselves whether 1&1 IONOS is honest as many people around the world accept it to be. Here we go.

Company name:  United Internet 1&1 IONOS. Formally, 1&1 Internet Founded in Germany 1988

Currently owned by United Internet. 1&1 IONOS

Founder: Ralph Dommermuth

CEO: Achim Weiss

The company has two headquarters. One in Montabaur, Germany, The other in Chester Brook, Pennsylvania. 1&1 IONOS served areas worldwide. 1&1 IONOS is a web hosting company, that offers Domain Registration, SSL Certificate, Email Services, Website Builder, Package and Cloud hosting, as well as Virtual Private Servers.

Could the fact that this company two separate headquarters give the cause to scam? It is an easy way for employees to the company to get involved in corrupt practices which may lead to a scam. I will not call 1&1 IONOS a scam company, I will explain what I experienced with them and leave it to you to decide whether 1&1 IONOS is a scam or legit.

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In October of 2019, I was introduced to email Marketing by a successful online businessman from the UK. He advised me that the best way to get traffic to my website is by way of email marketing, He said I should buy a Domain from 1&1 IONOS to start the email marketing. I took the advice and buy the Domain for the US $ 2.00. 1&1 IONOS offered me Email Marketing for $ 4.00 and Website to go with, the Domain.

I make it absolutely clear to them; I do not need a website; I will need an email marketing provider, but I will have to get information from my friend to know how it is done as I have no knowledge about email marketing.

My friend was away on his vacation. I have to wait 1&1 IONOS continue to push for me to sign up for the email marketing.

OK. I need it, I signed up for email Marketing and paid the $ 4.00 when the instruction email comes to me I found it is not email marketing. The package offers a maximum of twenty-five emails.

I figured that kind of email service would be suitable for companies that have under thirty people who email on a regular basis. So I contact 1&1 IONOS and informed them that is not the kind of email marketing I am looking for. Therefore, I would not continue with the product. I had even paid them $ 20.00. For SSL to on the Domain

They had refunded the $ 4.00 for the email marketing without me even asking them for a refund. I had tried three other email providers who never work. In fact, they cost me dearly. Two of them were not WordPress tested and they work havoc on my website and one even caused damage to my PC.

The third one that is very popular, spam out my web posts in that they ads an image link every three lines of the posts. And because is so many of them, adding their link one image shows twenty times in one post, hovering over shows where they are from. I told IONOS I would not continue with the SSL until I get a reliable email Marketing provider. That angered some of their staff.

The Domain I paid $ 2.00 for the first year and should pay $ 15 per year after the first year turns $ 2.00 per month and my PayPal account was targeted. Somebody name “Maddison Jenkins” emails me to say He/she was my expert support and I Should look at the list below in comparison to their price.

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How fare do I feel for them to charge me $ 4.00 only for Domain email marketing compare to A Weber who charges a fortune? In that, I had rejected their email marketing service. This person became a nightmare in my life from October 2019 until now.

I had to stop servicing my PayPal account to which they were attached. Because they had removed the Domain so I could not transfer it, but every month $ 2.00. transfer to 1&1 IONOS from my PayPal account

In early February I found an email from another member of their staff, “Eldon Graham”, saying Madison Jenkins asked him to inform me that they have not been able to collect $ 2.00 the previous month and I should call them.

I called and a man spoke to me very sternly and told me if I upgrade my PayPal account so he could receive the $ 2.00 He would release the Domain. “Because the Domain name is my Recording Artist stage name” I upgraded the PayPal account, they got the $ 2.00 but do not release the Domain.

I told them in an email. I will report them to the FTC if they continue to collect $ 2.00 and refused to release the Domain because I saw where they bill my PayPal account for $ 6.00, $20.00, $ 22.00 in addition to the $ 2.00 each month. I do not know what those billings are for.

They change my name from my account and replace it with the Domain name. I told them I want the transfer code to take my Domain. This is what they sent me:

d$!17uki Canceled – Invalid EPP/authorization key – Please contact the current registrar to obtain the correct key

Please see here the status of the transfer code you have furnished me with.
Dorcas Whyte

I contact them about it and demand the correct code, they sent me another code, but a message kept saying it is either that the Domain is under sixty days old or the code is incorrect.  To date, the Domain is not released. Would I recommend 1&1 IONOS to anyone?

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Definitely not. How would I rate the service I received from 1&1 IONOS?  1 out of ten. How would I compare the 1&1 IONOS hosting service to the Wealthy Affiliate Hosting service?  0 out of ten for IONOS it cannot be compared to Wealthy Affiliate in any wise.

Would I call 1&1 IONOS a scam? You should find the answer in my illustration to be the judge. I am Dorcas. I would like to hear from you. Please leave your comment in the comment section below. I will reply to you as soon as possible. Remember to like share and follow.

Author: Dorcas Whyte

Courageous, persistent and brave. Born and raised in the sunny Island: Jamaicain the country side of the parish of Westmoreland Being the daughter of a farmer I learn the natural setup of life; and how to weather any storm of life.I develop my writing skill by making daily entry of occurrences on the farm. By doing so I became passionate about writing. Hence I became a writer.Writing Songs, Poems, Comedies, and even Books. Still searching. I began to explore the internet and.....did not I met upon "thieves" commonly known as Scammers.One of them stripped my Credit Card of $284.000.00 I am presently sweating to pay all that debt. I was invaded by a swarm of them. I was searching to find a way how I could contact one of them who have my name. who choose to lie to me like the others and then scam me; when I stumbled upon this "come to help us." Wealthy Affiliate. I has to promote it.

10 thoughts on “Is 1&1 IONOS a Scam or Legit?”

  1. Thank you so much for your review on 1&1 IONOS. I have never heard about this company from my friend and was wondering what is this company all about. I am sorry that happened to you Dorcas. I would say that it is a scam. I mean e-mail marketing is a great strategy to build a relationship with your traffic and you can convert them but I think this thing takes time. It is better to build it organically by giving them something for free from your website. I will stay away from this company though. Thank you for sharing your experience. 

    1. Hey Nuttanee; thanks for your comment. They do not offer email marketing as they said. They are outright misleading and deeply involved in corrupt practice. They might miss the FTC but they will never miss the judgment of the Almighty God! I leave them to time.


  2. Hi and thanks for the heads up on 1&1 Ionos, your post was very informative and this company sounds like a lot of trouble and people should Know to avoid them. Unfortunately there is so many scams on the internet and the average consumer needs more Posts like yours to avoid them. It’s unfortunate that you went through so much trouble with this company.

    1. Hey Marc; thanks for your comment. I do hope that I have helped some people to avoid the stress and confusion IONOS caused. If I had known they have two heads I would not do business with them. Because anything has two heads is a monster. And they are lying as much as they are a thief.


  3. Although their prices are cheap that doesn’t justify them to treat their clients like that. This must have been veey frustrating for you. Maybe they’re not necessarily a scam, but they certainly have terrible customer service. I am going through a similar experience right now with a book publisher who is not answering my emails, this has been going on for nearly a year, very bad service. Things like that are extremely frustrating and infuriating. I’m glad you got out of it.

    1. HeyChristine; thanks for your comment. I have not received my Domain transfer even now! IONOS is not merely a scam company they are a bunch of blatant thieves. When they offered me their email service, I told them the kind of service I need. they confirm that that’s what they have.

      I paid for it and was wondering how it is so cheap. but when they send me their package I found that it was only twenty-five emails mentioned. And from the explanation, it is not email marketing as they told me. From the showing and comparing A Webber, I realized that they envied me because I did not take the product.

      I do not run a company where I would need to send out emails to clients. What amount of traffic can an email marketing of twenty-five emails drive to my websites? They coveted my $ 2.00 every month they take it for Domain. And refused to release my Domain to me.

  4. What a nightmarish experience! Unfortunately, the online world has such companies that do not deliver on what they promise and try to squeeze the customer out of as much money as possible.

    I think you have shown admirable courage and humility in dealing with this unfair situation so far and only wish that the ordeal ends quickly and as amicably as possible under the circumstances. Thank you for the review and for sharing your experience.


    1. Hey Sandeep; thanks for your comment. I found out that many of these establish companies are deeply involved in corrupt practice, They are hiding under the umbrella of popularity.

      At my first mention of the FTC to them, The had not billed my account that month either email me. but as they had not seen anything happen they email me about outstanding payment. And continue their fraud from there.


  5. Hi, Dorcas.
    Thanks for sharing your unbiased review on 1&1 Ionos system. This was painful to learn that such a big brand can go so mean to its customers. They actually bullied you by charging a monthly fee and not releasing your domain. Such incidences must be made public so they can not cheat others.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    1. Hello Gaurav; thanks for your comment. I can imagine the many innocent people who IONOS had abused in this fashion. I am in the Caribbean and might not get the recognition as people in the well-developed countries. 

      I really want to expose IONOS to the highest level. As a matter of principle. That is one reason I blog about their behavior.


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