Beware of Chinese Domain Scams

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Beware of Chinese Domain Scams

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Hey! Got an Email from China Domain Name Registration Center, Asian Domain Registration Service In China, The Department Of Registration Service In China etc.?

The reason that you have landed here is surely due to an email in your inbox from an Asian named domain name registrar such as:
– China Domain Name Registration Center
– Asian Domain Registration Service In China
– The Department Of Registration Service In China.The subject line is usually something like:

– “urgent brand registration confirmation”
– “Domain dispute and protection”
– “Asia, Cn, Hk domain name and Internet Keyword”
– “Notice of Brand name registration”.
– xxxxxxx Renewal of domains (urgent case742947900)

We’ve all heard of Internet scams to steal your identity, your credit card number, bank account information, etc.  There appears to be a scam that has been occuring at least for the past several months that was brought to my attention today when a local business forwarded us the e-mail I have pasted below.

In the email they probably request you to forward the email to your CEO. There is a sense of urgency, and they want you to quickly react to a supposed third party’s plan to register a list of available domain names infringing your trademark rights. The third party could email you to tell about their plan as well. The email usually comes from Gareth Qi or Gareth Qiao via a hotmail address.

 If you fall for this “offer” you end up paying premium prices for your domain names and they will even throw in a Brand protection product invented for the occassion. Recently they have also send out renewal reminders for non-registered domain names (sneaky, sneaky).

The concerned business owner did not know whether or not this e-mail was legitimate, which if you are not living and breathing the Internet industry everyday like we do here it can oftentimes be difficult to distinguish what’s real and what’s not, especially as scam artists get better and better.

The manager of the local business who contacted us did the right thing by asking.

The e-mail copied below is basically telling the business owner or manager that their “international identity” is in jeopardy because “Company X” has “attempted” to register their domain name with .cn, com.cn, .asia, etc. extensions.  In reality they are just trying to resell domain names with Chinese/Asia extensions.

Unless you intend to do business in Asia or China, there is no reason to have a domain name outside of your US domain name (.com, .net, .org, .co., .us, .gov, etc).

 

The business’ name was replaced with [domainname] to protect confidentiality.

Dear CEO,

(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
We received an application from Huayi Ltd on December 11, 2016. They want to register ” [domainname] ” as their Internet Keyword and ” [domainname] .cn “、” [domainname] .com.cn ” 、” [domainname] .net.cn “、” [domainname] .org.cn ” 、”[domainname] .asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” [domainname] ” conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

 

Best Regards,

Jim | Service Manager

CN Web Registry(Head Office)

8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China

Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697  | Mob: +86-1582177 1823

Web: www.webregistry.cn

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