#24613 by Samantha Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:27 pm
This is an increasingly common scam that targets just about anyone (including Scamwarners!) who owns an Internet domain, whether .com, .net, .biz or any other. Here are some sample emails:

Dear CEO,

We are the domain name registration organization in Asia, which mainly deal with international company's in Asia. We have something important need to confirm with your company.

On the March 21, 2010 we received a formal application from a company called "Yu-Xin International Holdings Ltd" who are applying to register "[real name deleted]" as domain name and internet keyword, they wanted to apply for other domain names and internet keyword you have not registered yet.

through our body.

After our initial examination, we found that the keywords and domain names applied for registration are as same as your company's name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it. If you do not know this company, we doubt that they have other aims to buy these domain names. Now we have not finished the registration of "Yu-Xin International Holdings Ltd" yet, in order to deal with this issue better, Please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

Sponsoring Registrar: sk holdings company ltd
HongKong Office
Tel:+85295660103 / +85295660489
Email: [email protected]

Dear Manager,

We are China Net Technology Limited,which is the domain name register center in China.I have something need to confirm with you.we have received an application formally,one company named “LEALU Holdings Limited” applies for the domain names "[real name deleted]" and the internet Brand Name "[real name deleted]" on the internet Mar 6, 2010. We need to know the opinion of your company, because the domain names and keywords may relate to the usufruct of brand name on internet.

we would like to get the affirmation of your company,please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible. Please let someone in your company who is responsible for trademark or intellectual right contact me freely.

Best Regards,

Rodney Gong

Sponsoring Registrar:

China Net Technology Limited.

Tel:+(852)3075 9838 +852-3059 3099

Fax:+(852)3177 1520 +852-3177 1510

Email: [email protected]

Dear "[real name deleted]",

Having had your name and address from China Council for the Promotion of International Trade,we now avail ourselves of this opportunity to write to you and have something important need to confirm with your company.

We are registration service center authorized by CHINAGOV (THE DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF THE STATE COMMISSION OFFICE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM) in China.We received a formal application from a company(According to The China Law & Privacy Policy,Hidden The Real Name) is applying to register "[real name deleted]" as their domain names and internet brand in China and also in Asia on March 10, 2010. Considering domains and internet brand would involve the intellectual property of your company’s name,patents,trademarks,and copyright, and in order to avoid confusion between them, so we inform you urgently.

At present, many domain name registries or domain name investment companies in China and even the world register domains and internet brand,and then sell them to the owner of trademark at high prices to make huge profit. Therefore, we remind you particularly that if you considered these domain names and internet brand are very important to you and there is necessary to protect them by registering them first, please let someone who is responsible for trademark or domain name contact me as soon as possible,according to the register principle, the original owner of the trademark has the priority to register.Thank you for you cooperation.

Looking forward to your prompt reply,

Kind Regards,
Dr. Jason Wang
Chief Law Officer,Senior Consulting Director

Internet Brand Justice & Safety Dept.
FireTrust Technology Ltd.
Address: Unit2-602,Building4,Third Qianjiang Community,Hangzhou, China
Tel: +86-571-28927205 ext.805(Mon–Fri,9am to 6:30pm,GMT+8) Fax: +86-571-28926277
Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.FireTrust.net.cn http://www.FireTrust.org.cn

THIS IS A SCAM. Obviously it is predicated on the assumption that a business owner will be frightened of having someone infringe upon his good name, and will therefore pay to register .cn. .hk and other Asian extensions. In most cases the scammers are not even in a position to register a domain and will simply steal the "registration" fees.

Some, however, are more sophisticated, and once they are sure they have a victim in their clutches they will proceed to register all the possible variant domains available and essentially blackmail the business into buying them at inflated prices.

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