Recently a client queried an email claiming to alert them that another party was trying to register ‘their’ internet domain in Asia.
See email 1 below (Client information removed for privacy)
On face value this appears to be a valuable service, and the administrator’s initial response was of interest, and they referred it to me for a second opinion.
As this client was actively involved in business in Asia they rightly felt this may be an important piece of information for their Asian online presence.
On reading the email I was suspicious (aren’t you ?!) but the website appears as a legitimate Asian domain registrar, and they are not asking for money – not at that stage anyway.
After further discussions the client decided there was no need to acquire the Asian domains and that was that… or so I thought
More recently I’ve received a similar email (see email 2 below) from another client, again allegedly from an Asian domain registrar providing helpful information about a potential domain conflict.
You could image that the disputed domain purchase would then escalate into an auction, facilitated by the helpful registrar and the client would ultimately purchase an unneeded Asian domain, and after paying far more than the standard domain fee.
Am I being paranoid in thinking this is a scam ? I don’t think so!
What do you think ?
Kim Yang or Tom Xiang are more than welcome to comment also
Email 1 (client identifying information removed)
Subject: Urgent- Dispute of Asia/ China Domains with your entity
(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward to the right person/department. Thank you)
We , a registration organization in China, have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on today. One company called “Spond Investment Corporation” is applying for “<client’s domain> as internet brand and following Asian/.CN domain names to use.
After our initial checking, we found the internet brand and these domain names being applied are as same as your company’s, so we need to get the confirmation from your company. If the aforesaid company is your business partner or your subsidiary company, please DO NOT reply us, we will approve the application automatically. If you have no any relationship with this company, please contact us within 7 workdays. If out of the deadline, we will approve the application submitted by “Spond Investment Corporation” unconditionally.
Email 2 (client identifying information removed)
We are Beijing Anwins Network Service Co., Ltd which is the domain name register center in China. We received a formal application from a company who is applying to register “<client’s company name>” as their domain name and Internet keyword on July 29, 2008.Since after our investigation we found that this word has been in use by your company, and this may involve your company name or trade mark, so we inform you in no time. If you consider these domain names and internet keyword are important to you and it is necessary to protect them by registering them first, contact us soon. Thanks for your co-operation and support.
Beijing Anwins Network Service Co.,Ltd