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If I offered you a way to protect your car from ever getting stolen, or your house from ever getting broken into, would you pay me for it? Lots of people would — for many people, their brand is just as important as anything else. This is why Chinese domain name scams have become so popular, and so successful.

Chinese domain name scams are rampant. In a little bit, I’ll explain exactly what these scams are, but first it’s more important to understand what started them. The effort to get businesses to register for Asian domains to “protect the brand” has been ongoing for many years. It appears this became a phenomenon as early as 2006. But it has accelerated within the past year, after the CNNIC registry announced that the Chinese .CN domains were public.

While previously (since September 3rd, 2012) , you had to submit identifying documents and other personal information to register a Chinese domain; as of July 9th, 2013, those rules changed. You can now register a .CN domain as easily as any other domain, regardless of where in the world you do business. This means there’s a bit of a CN domain registration gold rush 5 Events That Have Triggered A Domain Name Registration Gold Rush 5 Events That Have Triggered A Domain Name Registration Gold Rush There’s gold in them there domain names. Some are sold for seven digits – Pizza.com, for example, famously sold for $2.6 million back in 2008 – this after the original owner paid only $20 for... Read More at the moment.

After these policy changes, the effort to get businesses outside of China to register .CN domain names took on a life all its own. Today, there is a massive proliferation of entities in the Asia region who are contacting unsuspecting small and large businesses across the world to register Asian domains in order to “protect the brand”. This scam targets business owners who are uneducated regarding the domain name registration process.

How the Chinese Domain Name Scam Works

For years, small and large businesses around the world occasionally received emails from individuals reportedly working for a Chinese registrar service, offering a “brand protection” package.  The package includes registering a long list of Asia-related domains at a fairly hefty cost per domain.

It is a practice that marketers call “slamming”. Essentially the technique involves some collection of the following tactics:

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  • Informing you that some third-party company is trying to register your brand within the Asian domain realm.
  • Advising you that as a courtesy, the registrar is seeking your “permission” for the third-party to register using your brand name.
  • Providing you with first-option to register the Asian domains under your own brand.
  • Good cop/bad cop games between the fictional registrar and the alleged 3rd party attempting to register your branded domain.
  • Registrations can reportedly take place with a third party email account, so you don’t have direct access to the domains.
  • Prices are either abnormally high, limited to 5 to 10 year minimum registrations, or both.

The practice of slamming has increased within the last few months, and should increase even more considering the fact these domains are now accessible to anyone.

An Email from Nicholas Lee

In early 2014, Angela shared her own experience almost falling for a Western Union Transfer scam How I Nearly Got Conned Via A Western Union Transfer Scam How I Nearly Got Conned Via A Western Union Transfer Scam Here's a little story about the latest "Nigerian scam", which is all too obvious in hindsight and yet so believable when you're on the hook. Read More .  My experience with the Chinese domain name scam was similar. I was made aware of the existence of this scam on April 21st when an individual by the name of Nicholas Lee, writing under an email address with the domain naasreg.com and a matching footer logo contacted me.

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The email advised me that a company by the name of RANTRANCE LTD was attempting to register TopSecretWriters under several top-level Asian domains like CN and HK.

“Dear CEO/Principal,

This is Nicholas Lee—Senior Consultant of domain name registration and solution center in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 21, 2014. that a company claimed “RANTRANCE LTD” were applying to register “topsecretwriters” as their Network Brand and some “topsecretwriters” Asian countries top-level domain names(in/hk/tw/etc) and China (CN) domain names through our firm.”

A quick google search turned up a guy named Christopher Hofman Laursen at the European Domain Centre.  Chris has been running a legitimate online brand management company with his business partner Nikolaj Borge since 2003.  Chris has been onto this Chinese domain name scam since 2013, when his clients first started reporting getting contacted by these Chinese businesses. Chris wrote a series of articles on his site about his effort to collect the names and companies associated with this scam. I made a note of Chris’ contact information, and then continued reading the email from Nicholas Lee.

“Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “RANTRANCE LTD”. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

(This is a very important case, so please transfer this email to your CEO or Principal. Thanks a lot.)

Best Regards,

Nicholas Lee

Senior Consultant Manager”

The website Naasonline.org.cn looked like some kind of semi-legitimate domain registry located in China, and while the originating IP in the email header did not resolve to any such company, the location of the IP did resolve to a location near Nanchang China.

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While I wasn’t convinced there was any such imminent threat of some company named “RANTRANCE LTD” registering my domain in Asia, I was intrigued by the idea that such an easily exposed scam would be delivered to my doorstep. The following is a brief outline of the path of this investigation.

Exposing the Chinese Domain Name Scam

Jean-Francois Poussard of KeepAlart Online Brand Monitoring published a list of companies that have sent fraudulent emails like the above to its clients. One of those is NaSTechnology Information Center, a variant of the “Naas IT Company” Nicholas was reportedly from.

I responded to Nicholas and told him simply that I did not approve of some other company registering my brand under those domains. Nicholas responded that in that case, I should register all of the names.

“If your company consider these names of importance to your company’s business or interest, I suggest that your company register these names first so as to avoid confusion or speculation.”

To see how far I could push Nicholas into incriminating himself, I decided to play the part of a dumb, yet wary business owner. I pretended to be very concerned about this other company stealing my domain, but asked some pointed questions to see how Nicholas would handle it.

Nicholas,

I would rather this other company not steal our domain name for those domains, but I would like to know how much registering those will cost.

Also, RANTRANCE LTD does not show up anywhere on Google and I can’t find who the contact person is for the company. I would like to know why they are trying to register our brand for those domains.

Thanks for any further information you can provide.

Nicholas played the part of a helpful third-party. Notice, he did not provide any contact information or anything that would prove RANTRANCE LTD is even a real company. Instead, he focused only on my second concern as to “why”, and provided me with his own speculation regarding this mysterious entity that wants to steal my brand.

Thanks for your confirmation, As for why RANTRANCE LTD want to use your brand and domains in China and Asia, according to our experience, there are following two points:

1.RANTRANCE LTD is a domain names grabber. they want to register these names before you and sell back to you to gain profits. 
2. your competitor let RANTRANCE LTD to register your domain names, let your customers feel confusion.

Here’s where things got serious. Nicholas then sent the price list that totaled how much it would cost for me to “protect the domain”.

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When asked why I couldn’t just go ahead and register the domain myself through my own registrar, Nicholas advised that the process is much easier by going direct through his Chinese company.

“Since the management for domains such as CN?HK is very strict, many overseas service providers can not finish registration, so it is the best to register through us.”

The deal appears to be that it’s possible to protect the brand for $700 per year for a minimum of 5 years – a grand total of $3500. Then there’s some kind of strange “network brand” fee of $220 per year for 5 years – a grand total of $1100 on top of the hefty $3500.  Brilliant deal, huh?

Notice that Nicholas was also requesting detailed personal information like a mailing address, as well as mobile and private phone numbers, as part of the “Dispute Application Form”.

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So far, the whole deal appeared like a legitimate domain registration business (albeit with a virtually unknown company), at enormously trumped up rates.

Getting Aggressive – Delay Tactics

To get a better deal for how this whole game would play out for someone who would actually send in a check for $4600, I again spoke with Chris Laursen of the European Domain Centre. After reviewing the email exchange with Nicholas, Chris explained how the scam operates as follows.

Hi Ryan

You can call it a scam or a non ethical approach, but here are the facts:

They claim there is a 3rd party interested in your domain names – LIE

The “3rd party” contacts you from a Hotmail address to claim the domains – LIE

You delay your decision, they become aggressive on email and phone – NON ETHICAL

You will pay for a 5 year registration at a premium price, where they will register for 1 year, and (probably) renew every year – NON ETHICAL / SCAM

They will charge you USD 220 for “brand protection” – SCAM

Victims prefer to be anonymous. I put an example on the web page of someone paying USD 1.475, but I doubt that she wants to be interviewed. The examples of registrations I have seen, is where the registrant email is the scammer’s gmail giving them full control of the domain – and they register for the minimum period without any guarantee that it will be renewed.

Christopher

This is the crux of the situation for anyone interested in owning a CN or any other Asia domain. You want full control of the domain so you can set the DNS records as needed, and so you can renew the domain whenever you wish.

Even if the offer in these cases involves an actual registration, you are essentially overpaying for the domain registration by a factor of 2 to 3 times the regular price. You will also not have direct control over the domains, assuming they actually get registered.

To see if Chris’ claim of aggressive tactics was true, I decided to delay and evade Nicholas to see how long he would wait before stepping up his efforts.  Four days after his last contact, Nicholas sent another.

“There is a long time for this case. But we did not receive your dispute application form until now. If you want to dispute and register these, pls fill in and return the dispute application form before 6:00 p.m. April 29, 2014. and then we can help you with protecting these domain names in time. If out of the date, we will pass the registration of the company, Thanks for your understanding.”

Through broken English, the threat was clear. Take too long to send in payment and register, and this other company’s registration would be processed immediately, as of April 29th. As a stall tactic, and to check if it would truly be impossible to work him down from the 5 year minimum to something more reasonable, I made the following offer.

Planning to send to you shortly, but I was wondering if I can choose only one or two of the domains rather than all of them. And can I register for 1-2 years rather than 5?

Nicholas’ response made it clear that he had no interest in playing nice. If the premium domains of CN or HK were desired, the only option was to pay those registration fees, plus the erroneous $220 per year “Network Brand” fee.

You can choose the domains you need, but if you choose to register CN or HK, you must register the Network Brand. As for other domains, there is no restriction.
As for the registration period, the minimum registration period for the dispute domain is 5 years, we have no option of 1-2 years, hope you can understand. If no question, pls fill in the form and return. Thanks.

The moment of truth has arrived. I waited for the 29th to arrive, and right on cue, received another email from Nicholas Lee.

Dear Ryan Dube,

Why haven’t returned the form? I’m waiting for. Today is the deadline, pls return asap. Thanks!

Best Regards,

Nicholas Lee

I did not respond, and waited for further aggressive tactics, instead, Nicholas warned that time was up, and that his company had already moved forward with registering the domains to RANTRANCE LTD.

I had divert this case to our register department already.Now you guys understood the policy of Domain name dispute and registration very clear. Due to we have not yet receive your Application Form in time.According to the policy of Dispute we see you give up the priority of Domain registration.That we just can pass through RANTRANCE LTD’s registration.RANTRANCE LTD will be the sole owner of those Domains since than.

That line is worth repeating: “RANTRANCE LTD will be the sole owner of those Domains since than”.

In other words – registration completed. This fictional company now owns the branded domains listed. Or do they?

Exposing the Chinese Domain Name Scam

That one line was perfect, because it was a black and white claim that the Asian domains were registered by someone else. This is a claim that’s easy enough to prove as a lie. All I had to do was go ahead and register the domains legitimately. However, before doing this, I waited about a week to make sure whatever alleged registration Nicholas processed had actually gone through, then I moved forward with the plan.

First, to find legitimate registrars One Small Tip That Can Help You Judge The Trustworthiness Of A Website One Small Tip That Can Help You Judge The Trustworthiness Of A Website In this post, I'd like to show you one of the easiest and most effective ways for the average internet user to make their own call on the legitimacy of a website. The best part... Read More in China, you should start with the CNNIC, the only organization approved by ICANN to register Asia-Pacific domain names.  A popular service based out of Hong Kong that’s listed there is 101Domain. That’s a good option. I actually went with NiceNic.net since it’s one that I’d heard of before and is actually registered in the ICANN registry database.  Searching for my domain 10 Unusual Domain Name Search Tools to Find Hot Domains 10 Unusual Domain Name Search Tools to Find Hot Domains Read More and looking up the prices for .hk and .cn domains was very revealing.

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As you can see, a single  year for .cn is a paltry $7.50. Registering .hk is only moderately more expensive. The price Nicholas had sent was about three times higher.

More importantly, notice that NiceNic did not identify these domains as already being registered by anyone. Submitting registration for these top level CN and HK domains was a breeze, and within barely two days I had received confirmation that I was the proud owner of shiny new top-level Asia domains for my brand.

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With access to the Name Servers for the domain, it was a simple process to point those to my own website, and then redirect the .cn domain to the main blog page.

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Having successfully completed this last stage of the investigation, evidence was in hand to expose the lies told by Nicholas and other Chinese domain scam artists Cold Calling Computer Technicians: Don't Fall for a Scam Like This [Scam Alert!] Cold Calling Computer Technicians: Don't Fall for a Scam Like This [Scam Alert!] You've probably heard the term "don't scam a scammer" but I've always been fond of "don't scam a tech writer" myself. I'm not saying we're infallible, but if your scam involves the Internet, a Windows... Read More like him. However, after contacting Nicholas and providing him with this evidence, there was no response.

A week later, the website that formerly looked like a legitimate China registrar site had been taken down and now all that remained was a new domain landing page.

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It is clear that this fraud is terribly deceptive. It’s not any different from ticket-scalping. The idea is that victims need to be unaware of just how simple it is to register any domain name in the world. The service may actually be legitimate enough — the person or organization may be willing to actually register the domains for you, but in the process you’re paying 200 to 300% higher rates than you normally would if you did it yourself, and you may even not be the full legal owner, or have full control of the name servers for those domains.

The moral of this story is, if you receive an email from anyone claiming that your brand is at risk in Asia, the question you should ask yourself is whether that really matters to you if people visit a .cn or .hk website of the same name and visit some other site. The second thing you should do is tell yourself that the threat probably isn’t real. And finally, if you do care about this – by all means register your Asian domains, but do it through a well-known, legitimate registrar that’s listed with ICANN, not through some random person who just emailed you.

Have you ever been contacted by one of these domain name scam artists? Do you own the Asian domain for your brand? If so, how did you go about registering it? Share your own experiences and insights in the comments section below.

  1. Richard
    August 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks so much for this post.

    Here is the scam e-mail I received which shows a name that another person posted, Scott Zhang:

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Aug 11, 2016, we received an application from Kewei Holdings Ltd requested "preschoolu" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (preschoolu.cn, preschoolu.com.cn, preschoolu.net.cn, preschoolu.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your business partner in China?

    Best Regards,
    Scott Zhang | Service & Operations Manager
    China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671
    Email: scott@chinaregistry.com.cn
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.com.cn

  2. Barry Webb
    August 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Received this from the "potential" company trying to register the names:

    From: Zheng linda [mailto:lindazhsh@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, August 15, 2016 4:19 AM
    To: Barry Webb
    Subject: xxxxxxxxx
    To whom it concerns,

    We will register the China domain names “xxxxxxxxxxx.cn”
    "xxxxxxxxxxx.com.cn" "xxxxxxxxxx.net.cn" "xxxxxxxxxx.org.cn" and internet keyword "xxxxxxxxxx” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr.Scott Wan’s approval and think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr.Scott Wan advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

    Best Regards
    Linda Zheng

    No company name or any other Identification / logo

  3. Barry Webb
    August 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Almost identical with "Ren" comment above so glad I checked!!!

    Dear Manager,
    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks!)
    We are the department of China Domain registration service in China. On August 10th, 2016, we received an application from Nanrui Holdings Ltd requested “cgpfittings” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether your company have affiliation with this Chinese company or not?
    Kind regards
    Scott Wan
    Manager
    CNName (Headquarters)
    8008, Tianan Building, No. 1399 Jinqiao Road,
    Shanghai 200120, China
    Tel: +86-21-6191-8696
    Mobile: +86-1377-4400-340
    Fax:+86-21-6191-8697
    Click here to visit our Website

  4. Patrick
    August 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I got one a week ago

    From:"Karen Xu"
    Sent Time:2016-08-05 20:47:26 (Friday)
    To: patrick@tropicalhainan.com
    Cc:
    Subject: xxxxxxxxx CN domain and keyword

    (It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)

    This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration in China. On Aug 4, 2016, we received an application from Kekai Holdings Ltd requested "xxxxxxxx" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (xxxxxxxx.cn, xxxxxxxxx.com.cn, xxxxxxxx.net.cn, xxxxxxxxx.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Best Regards,

    Karen Xu | Service & Operations Manager

    China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China

    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671

    Email: karen@chinaregistry.org.cn

    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn

    thank you for your article, it actually had me worried :)

  5. MOHAMMAD TALHA
    August 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I have got one today.... (-_-) ....

    (It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)

    We are the domain registration and solution center in China. On Aug 11, 2016, we received an application from Kekai Holdings Ltd requested "okiosk" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (okiosk.cn, okiosk.com.cn, okiosk.net.cn, okiosk.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether your company is affiliated with this Chinese company or not?

    Best Regards,
    David Xu | Service & Operations Manager
    China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671
    Email: david@chinaregistry.org.cn
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn

    This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.

    • Jessica
      August 15, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      I got that exact email on the 13th from an Edward Liu. Exact same wording. Such a scam. I got another email today from a gmail that was from the 3rd party.

      so annoying. It feels like every other day I'm dealing with an internet scam.

  6. Ren
    August 10, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the great article! I got one today. I'm a small artisanal brand that could care less about having my brand protected from Chinese domain invaders, so I had a chuckle when I first read the email. I did a search to see if this was a scam going around and found your site. Very informative!

    Here's the email I got:

    "(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are the domain name registration service company in China. On Aug 8, 2016, we received an application from Kekai Holdings Ltd requested "(my domain)" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names ("my domain".cn, "my domain".com.cn, "my domain".net.cn, "my domain".org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether your company is affiliated with this Chinese company or not?

    Best Regards,

    Scott Zhang | Service & Operations Manager

    China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China

    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671

    Email: scott@chinaregistry.com.cn

    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.com.cn"

    My response was:

    Dear Scott,
    I have no interest in affiliating my brand or domain names with China or other Asian top-level domains, so tell "Kekai Holdings Ltd." to feel free to register.
    By the way, there are several articles on the internet advising companies like mine about this scam of yours. Thanks for the laugh.

  7. nikita
    August 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    We are a registrar for domain names authorized by Chinese government. Today, we received an application from TERJAE Holdings Ltd applying to register "*" as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). After our initail checking, We found the main body of domain names is same as yours.

    We are handling the application and we need to confirm whether or not you authorize them to register them? Let me know your positon ASAP so as to solve it promptly. Looking forward to your reply.
    Best Regards
    Alex Fan
    Director
    Tel:+86.5516 3491 191
    Fax:+86.5516 3491 192
    Address:No.1,Xingshun Building,Fengyang Road,Hefei China

  8. Carol
    August 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Another one:
    Dear Mr./Ms.,

    We are a service agency for registering domain names. Our center received an application from Diana Zhao International today. They applied for the registration of xxxxxx as their Brand Name and some top-level domain names. But we found the main body of domain names is same as yours. We are not sure about the relationship between you and them. As the registrar, we have the duty to inform you the case.

    Now, we are processing this application. Our center needs to confirm whether this company is authorized by your company. If so, we will continue the next step of registration. If not, please let me know as soon as possible in order that our center can deal with this problem timely. We await your prompt reply.

    Best Regards
    Jose Wei
    Tel:+86 .5516 3491 191
    Fax:+86 .5516 3491 192
    No.1,Xingshun Building,Fengyang Road,Hefei China

  9. Frank
    July 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Have now received three since April,
    From: Steve Zhang mailto: stevez@yipcenter.com.cn
    From:Lucy Lee mailto: lee@dcnl.org.cn
    From Wayne Gao mailto: wayne@cti-auth.cn

    Accompanying words are the same/similar to the above examples.

  10. Paul
    July 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Received this one today...

    Dear sir or madam,

    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Tocer Int'l ltd and they apply to register myartsauvage as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don't authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

    Best regards,

    Marcus Wu
    Tel:0086.551.634911 91
    Fax:0086.551.634911 92
    F1,Huishang Metal Building,No.1019,Fuyang Road,Hefei China

  11. rick
    July 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for the details. This one seems to be same phone number as in July messages.

    Dear Sir/Madam

    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Our center received an application from Womali International Ltd and they apply to register [MY Domain] as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don't authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.
    Best Regards

    Rory Huang
    Tel:0086. 551. 63 49 11 91
    Fax:0086. 551 63 49 11 92
    Address:F1,Huishang Metal Building,No.1019,Fuyang Road,Hefei China

  12. Tim
    July 15, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Dear Mr./Ms.,

    We are a service agency for registering domain names. Our center received an application from Erica Cheung International today. They applied for the registration of meanders as their Brand Name and some top-level domain names. But we found the main body of domain names is same as yours. We are not sure about the relationship between you and them. As the registrar, we have the duty to inform you the case.

    Now, we are processing this application. Our center needs to confirm whether this company is authorized by your company. If so, we will continue the next step of registration. If not, please let me know as soon as possible in order that our center can deal with this problem timely. We await your prompt reply.

    Best Regards
    Jose Wei
    Tel:+86 .5516 3491 191
    Fax:+86 .5516 3491 192
    No.1,Xingshun Building,Fengyang Road,Hefei China

  13. CJ_
    July 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    We get these about every 6-8 weeks. Adding this one for the different opening - now they are a registrar accredited by CINIC. Oooooooooh! Special!

    (Please forward this letter to your President or Chief Executive Officer)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    We are a registrar accredited by China Internet Network Information Center. We have a formal affair to confirm with you. Our Registration Department received an application from LEIYUE GROUP who applies to register "XXXX" as their brand name and some top-level domain names through our organization. We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.

    Now we are handling this registration. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register these names. If you authorize them, I will formally pass through their registration; if not, please let us know as soon as possible in order to handle this issue better. Looking forward to your reply. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Tim Huang
    Head of International Affairs - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-(0)551-6512-8124 || Fax: +86-(0)551-6512-8724
    Website: www. you-ip.org
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei, AnHui, China
    2016-7-5

  14. John
    July 8, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for this - a good read. Here's mine:

    Dear sir or madam,
    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Toiec Int'l ltd and they apply to register [my brand ] as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.
    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don't authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.
    Best regards,
    Frank Wu
    Tel:0086.551.634911 91
    Fax:0086.551.634911 92
    F1,Huishang Metal Building,No.1019,Fuyang Road,Hefei China

  15. claudia
    July 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Here you are the today scam

    Dear Manager,
    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks!)
    We are the department of China Domain registration service in China. On July 4th, 2016, we received an application from WeiRong Holdings Ltd requested “***” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether your company have affiliation with this Chinese company or not?
    Kind regards
    Robert Zhou
    Manager
    East Registry (Head Office)
    8008, Tianan Building, No. 1399 Jinqiao Road,
    Shanghai 200120, China
    Tel: +86-21-6191-8696
    Mobile: +86-1377-4400-340
    Fax:+86-21-6191-8697
    Web: CLICK into the EastRegistry

  16. Jim
    July 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Hi,

    Many thanks for this very informative page. I've just got one of these from:

    Frank Wu
    Tel:+86.5516 3491 191
    Fax:+86.5516 3491 192
    No.1,Xingshun Building,Fengyang Road,Hefei China

    I wish him and "Oceae International ltd" the very best of luck selling the Asian versions of the domain I run for a small village in England!

  17. Christie
    June 17, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Thanks so much for this article! I just got this today. Normally I'd just mark spam, but as I have a not-insignificant following in China and a project I'm affiliated with just came out there (I'm a freelance writer) it was perhaps a tad more convincing given the timing--worth doing research on, at least. But this seems to hit all the notes you cite! (Also a big giveaway is that my "company name" is my namem first and last, as it appears on my website.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    This is a letter to confirm the registration of your company name XXXXXXX, please read it carefully. Our center received an application from Luen International Ltd and they apply to register XXXXXX as their brand name and some top-level domain names. We found the name is same as your used name. I don't know whether or not you have authorized them.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? Let me know quickly in order to solve this promptly. Looking forward to your reply.
    Best Regards

    Wayne Gao
    Tel:0086. 551. 63 49 11 91
    Fax:0086. 551 63 49 11 92
    Address:F1,Huishang Metal Building,No.1019,Fuyang Road,Hefei China

  18. Alena
    June 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    This was received (to my office junk mail folder) late last night. Glad to find information on this scam - which I assumed it to be, but was curious about details.

    (Please forward this to your CEO or President, because this is urgent. )

    Dear President & CEO,

    This email is from China Intellectual Property Office, which mainly deal with trademark and domain name registration internationally. We received an application from Hangzhou Honto Industries Ltd. They want to register "ournamehere" as their International Trademark and some Domain(.asia/.cn/.com.cn/.hk/.com.hk/.tw/.com.tw).

    We checked and found the keyword is your company's registered trademark. But have not yet registered internationally. So we inform you to confirm whether this registration will affect and conflict your company. If this registration will not affect and conflict your company, then we can finish registering for them as per our duty. If this registration will affect and conflict your company. Please contact us by telephone or email within 10 workdays, so we can better handle the issue.

    Neil Ren

    Auditing Department/Manager
    China Intellectual Property Agent Office Add:3/F,1st Building ZongFu Street No.47,Jinjiang District, ChengDu, China.
    Tel: (+86) 28 8777 5008|Fax: (+86) 28 6246 5008|Web: http://www.cniprbrands.org P Please consider the environment before you print this e-mail.

  19. Rick
    June 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    (Since it is significant, forward the following E-mail to your CEO or relevant responsible person. Thanks)

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on June 14, 2016 that a company claimed "CandLans Company" were applying to register "__" as their Net Brand and some "__" Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's. Since now the cyber-squatting events and domain name abuse are very serious, in order to avoid such incidents cause unnecessary loss of benefits to your company. so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for "CandLans Company" Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Max Dong

    Senior Consultant Manager
    D O Global Technology Ltd
    Tel: 0086-553-8366231 | | Fax: 0086-553-8366231

    This e-mail and any attachments are confidential and may contain information that is exempt from disclosure by law and subject to copyright. If you have received this message in error, please let me know and delete it.

  20. Albert
    June 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a letter to confirm the registration of your company name XXXXXX, please read it carefully. We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, our center received an application from HAULT International Ltd applying to register XXXXXX as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). After our careful investigation, We found the main body of domain names is same as yours. As a professional registrar, We are obligated to inform you of this situation.
    We are handling the application and we need to confirm whether or not you authorize them to register them? Let me know your answer ASAP so as to solve this promptly. Thanks for your cooperation.

    Best Regards,
    Karan Chan
    Tel:+86.5516 3491 191
    Fax:+86.5516 3491 192
    Address:No.1,Xingshun Building,Fengyang Road,Hefei China

  21. Jose
    June 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Just got the email below, thanks for the help confirming it as a scam ;)

    This matter is about the brand name grupounicad another company applies to register,please forward it to your company's leader. Thanks!
    Dear President&CEO,
    We are the organization specializing in network consulting and registration in China.On June 6. 2016,a applicant named Mr. Tony Song from RING Enterprise Co., Ltd wants to record and register the brand name grupounicad and some domains by our office.
    After our preliminary review and verification,we find RING Enterprise Co., Ltd has nothing to do with your company. But If you have permitted this company to apply these names, or you think the application will not damage the interests of your company,please allow us to fulfill all the registration for RING Enterprise Co., Ltd. If you against the company's application,please let me know by email ASAP.
    Best Regards,

    Simon Chen
    Manager of Registration department
    Address:98 Shanghai Ave,Hefei 230001,China
    Tel: (+86) 0739-5266069
    Fax:(+86) 0739-5266069

  22. Christian Love
    June 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Received on June 5 -

    Dear sir or madam,

    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Tqice Int'l ltd and they apply to register tag-jobs as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don't authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

    Best regards,

    Frank Wu
    Tel:0086.551.634911 91
    Fax:0086.551.634911 92
    F1,Huishang Metal Building,No.1019,Fuyang Road,Hefei China

  23. Richard
    June 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Got one today. I like the western first name and Chinese last name. It seems to be a part of trying to connect with the potential victim.

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is the official confirmation, please review and reply it carefully. Today, our center received an application from YanZug Int'l Company applying to register "xxxxx" as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). After our careful investigation, We found the main body of domain names is same as yours. As a professional registrar, We are obligated to inform you of this situation.
    We are handling the application and we need to confirm whether or not you authorize them to register them? Let me know your answer ASAP so as to solve this promptly. Thanks for your cooperation.
    Best Regards
    Max Gu
    Senior Adviser
    Tel:0086.551.634911 91
    Fax:0086.551.634911 92
    Address:F1,Huishang Metal Building,No.1019,Fuyang Road,Hefei China

  24. mail scam
    May 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Dear CEO,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent, Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Huabao Ltd on May 9, 2016. They want to register " company " as their Internet Keyword and " company .cn "?" company .com.cn " ?" company .net.cn "?" company .org.cn " ?" company .asia " domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find " company " 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
    General Manager
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 187 0199 4951
    Web: http://www.cnweb-registry.org

  25. Dale
    May 27, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Dear sir or madam,

    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Tiote Int'l ltd and they apply to register (Removed) as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don't authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

    Best regards,

    Marcus Wu
    Tel:0086.551.634911 91
    Fax:0086.551.634911 92
    F1,Huishang Metal Building,No.1019,Fuyang Road,Hefei China

  26. Helpful
    May 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Dear sir or madam,

    We are an agency engaging in registering brand and domain names. This is a letter to confirm the registration of your company name icompute-uk. Today, we received an application from Bnanan Investment and they apply to register icompute-uk as their brand name and some top-level domain names. We found the name is same as your used name. I don't know whether or not you have authorized them.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? Let me know quickly in order to solve this promptly.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Best regards,

    Jose Wei
    Tel:+86.5516 3491 191
    Fax:+86.5516 3491 192
    Address:No.1,Xingshun Building,Fengyang Road,Hefei China

  27. Robert McCoy
    May 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    From: Chuck Chin [mailto:cc@igsl.org.cn]
    Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 5:35 PM
    To: Info NVArts Council
    Subject: nevadaculture
    Importance: High

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We are a service agency for registering domain names. Our center received an application from Jimmy Tang International Ltd. today. They applied for the registration of nevadaculture as their Brand Name and some top-level domain names. But we found the main body of domain names is same as yours. We are not sure about the relationship between you and them. As the registrar, we have the duty to inform you the case.

    Now, we are processing this application. Our center needs to confirm whether this company is authorized by your company. If so, we will continue the next step of registration. If not, please let me know as soon as possible in order that our center can deal with this problem timely. We await your prompt reply.

    Best Regards
    Chuck Chin
    Tel:+86 .5516 3491 191
    Fax:+86 .5516 3491 192
    No.1,Xingshun Building,Fengyang Road,Hefei China

  28. Edwin
    May 19, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Another one as received on 28 April 2016:

    (Forward to the President or CEO)

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company's brand, please read it thoroughly. We are a registrar for brand and domain names in China. We received an application from YOUYUE GROUP who applies to register "[REMOVED]" as their brand name and some top-level domain names (CN / HK etc). We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.
    I am handling this case. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register it. If you authorize them, I will pass their registration; if not, please let me know it so as to let me handle it better. Please send me an e-mail to confirm it. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Tim Huang
    Head of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-55165128124 || Fax: +86-55165128724
    Website: YIP.asia
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei City, AnHui, China
    2016-4-21

  29. Dale
    May 19, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Me toooo LOL

    (It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)

    We are the domain name registration service company in China. On April 25, 2016, we received an application from Kejing Holdings Ltd requested "xxxxxxxx" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether your company is affiliated with this Chinese company or not?

    Kind regards

    Edward Liu
    General Manager
    Asia Registry (Headquarters)
    3005, Jinxuan Building, No. 238 Nandan Road,
    Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.asiaregistry.org.cn
    Email: edward@asiaregistry.org.cn

  30. Cristina Colls
    April 29, 2016 at 11:34 am

    We received this email:

    Dear CEO,
    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent, Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Huabao Ltd on April 25, 2016. They want to register " topfurgo " as their Internet Keyword and " topfurgo.cn "?" topfurgo.com.cn " ?" topfurgo.net.cn "?" topfurgo.org.cn " ?" topfurgo.asia " domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find " topfurgo " 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
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road,
    Shanghai, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 187 0199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.cn-registry.org

  31. Anonymous
    April 29, 2016 at 10:41 am

    (Forward to the President or CEO)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company's brand, please read it thoroughly. We are a registrar for brand and domain names in China. We received an application from YOUYUE GROUP who applies to register "" as their brand name and some top-level domain names (CN / HK etc). We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.

    I am handling this case. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register it. If you authorize them, I will pass their registration; if not, please let me know it so as to let me handle it better. Please send me an e-mail to confirm it. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Tom Huang
    Head of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-55165128124 || Fax: +86-55165128724
    Website: YIP.asia
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei City, AnHui, China
    2016-4-21

  32. Edvinas
    April 28, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    From: Steve Zhang [mailto:verify@yipcenter.com.cn]
    Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:31 PM
    Subject: BRAND REGISTRATION - "fortakas"
    Importance: High

    (Forward to the President or CEO)

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company's brand, please read it thoroughly. We are a registrar for brand and domain names in China. We received an application from JUNHUI GROUP who applies to register "fortakas" as their brand name and some top-level domain names (CN / HK etc). We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.
    I am handling this case. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register it. If you authorize them, I will pass their registration; if not, please let me know it so as to let me handle it better. Please send me an e-mail to confirm it. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Steve Zhang
    Head of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-55165128124 || Fax: +86-55165128724
    Website: YIP.asia
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei City, AnHui, China
    2016-4-21

  33. Richard Ince
    April 27, 2016 at 7:52 am

    We are in London and received this one twice today.
    thank you for the informative article.

    (Forward to the President or CEO)

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company's brand, please read it thoroughly. We are a registrar for brand and domain names in China. We received an application from LONGLIAN GROUP who applies to register "j********" as their brand name and some top-level domain names (CN / HK etc). We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.
    I am handling this case. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register it. If you authorize them, I will pass their registration; if not, please let me know it so as to let me handle it better. Please send me an e-mail to confirm it. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Steven Zhang
    Head of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-55165128124 || Fax: +86-55165128724
    Website: YIP.asia
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei City, AnHui, China
    2016-4-21

  34. Jen
    April 25, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Just got one myself today :( As shown:

    (It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)

    We are the department of China Domain registration service in China. On April 25, 2016, we received an application from Kejing Holdings Ltd requested "xxxxxxx-xxxxxx" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Frank Zhang
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road,
    Shanghai 201103, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.com.cn
    Email: frank@chinaregistry.com.cn

  35. Karin
    April 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    They are indeed VERY busy. I also received such an email:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company's brand, please read it thoroughly. We are a registrar for brand and domain names in China. We received an application from QUANNENG GROUP who applies to register "" as their brand name and some top-level domain names (CN / HK etc). We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.

    I am handling this case. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register it. If you authorize them, I will pass their registration; if not, please let me know it so as to let me handle it better. Please send me an e-mail to confirm it. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Tom Huang
    Head of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-55165128124 || Fax: +86-55165128724
    Web: www. yip .asia
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei City, AnHui, China
    2016-4-3

  36. Bailee
    April 19, 2016 at 5:16 am

    My company got this today:

    Notice: We had discussed the case about disputing your company's domain names and brand name. You have never registered these domain names and brand name, and i had told you that the domain name registration is open. The dispute period will expire soon. If your company does not register these domain names and brand name, we will finish aforesaid company registration within 2 workdays. That company will become the legal owner of these domain names in the world. We had notified you, so we are not responsible for any dispute question about your intellectual property right and trademark after they succeed in registration. If you have any questions, pls contact us within 2 workdays.

    Best regards,

    Jacky Shen
    Tel:+86-551-6349 1191
    Fax:+86-551-6349 1192
    Address:No.413,Changjiang Road,Hefei City,Anhui Province

    >>>>We registered the .cn and .hk domain names based on your suggestion in this article just to mess with "Jacky Shen". Lol

  37. Anna Vanlandingham
    April 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Beware, Jacky Shen is on roaming out there. WE received this email today.

    Dear sir or madam,
    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company name millerlightsinc, please read it carefully. We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Finkel International Company and they apply to register millerlightsinc as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.
    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don't authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.
    Best regards,
    Jacky Shen
    Tel:+86-551-6349 1191
    Fax:+86-551-6349 1192
    Address:No.413,Changjiang Road,Hefei City,Anhui Province

  38. bryant
    April 12, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Received in the US!

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We are a service agency for registering domain names. Our center received an application from VPcan Developments Limited today. They applied for the registration of "xxxxx" as their Brand Name and some top-level domain names. But we found the main body of domain names is same as yours. We are not sure about the relationship between you and them. As the registrar, we have the duty to inform you the case.
    Now, we are processing this application. Our center needs to confirm whether this company is authorized by your company. If so, we will continue the next step of registration. If not, please let me know as soon as possible in order that our center can deal with this problem timely. We await your prompt reply.
    Best Regards
    Lytton Hou
    Tel:+86-551-6349 1191
    Fax:+86-551-6349 1192
    Address:No.413,Changjiang Road,Hefei City,Anhui Province

  39. Carolyn Westwood
    April 12, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Received this in the UK a couple of days ago. Our brand name has been registered in China via our solicitors and their Chinese agent. Being very naiive in business (I retired from the NHS 2 years ago and set up a lingerie business) I get quite stressed about these emails. Looking at the web address, it is the same as some others also posted on here. Is this a scam then? Help appreciated! Thank you. Carol.

    (Forward to the President or CEO)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company's brand, please read it thoroughly. We are a registrar for brand and domain names in China. We received an application from QUANNENG GROUP who applies to register "bloomin-sexy" as their brand name and some top-level domain names (CN / HK etc). We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.

    I am handling this case. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register it. If you authorize them, I will pass their registration; if not, please let me know it so as to let me handle it better. Please send me an e-mail to confirm it. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Tom Huang
    Head of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-55165128124 || Fax: +86-55165128724
    Web: www. yip .asia
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei City, AnHui, China
    2016-4-3

  40. Martha
    April 6, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I too received a similar email. See below

    From: Jacky Shen [mailto:shen@se-sl.cn]
    Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:36 AM
    To: Martha Bronson
    Subject: bronsonclinic
    Importance: High
    Dear sir or madam,

    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company name bronsonclinic, please read it carefully. We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Finkel International Company and they apply to register bronsonclinic as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don't authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

    Best regards,

    Jacky Shen
    Tel:+86-551-6349 1191
    Fax:+86-551-6349 1192
    Address:No.145,QianShan Road,Hefei City,Anhui Province

  41. Sharon
    March 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Received in US today.

    (Forward to the President or CEO)

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company's brand, please read it thoroughly. We are a registrar for brand and domain names in China. We received an application from PUTENG GROUP who applies to register "xxxxxxxx" as their brand name and some top-level domain names (CN / HK etc). We found the main body of domain names they apply to register is same as your company. We inform you of this matter because it involves your intellectual property.
    I am handling this case. Please let me know whether or not you authorized them to register it. If you authorize them, I will pass their registration; if not, please let me know it so as to let me handle it better. Please send me an e-mail to confirm it. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Steve Zhang
    Head of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86-55165128124 || Fax: +86-55165128724
    Web: www. yip .asia
    Address: No.789, XiYou Road, HeFei City, AnHui, China
    2016-3-10

  42. Henrik
    January 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Got this yesterday in Sweden. Thanks for the useful info about this.

    "Dear CEO,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent, Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China.
    We received an application from Huabao Ltd on January 4, 2016. They want to register " xxxx " as their Internet Keyword and " xxxx .cn "?" xxxx.com.cn " ?" xxxx .net.cn "?" xxxx .org.cn " ?" xxxx .asia " domain names etc.., they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find " xxxx" 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
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3008, Jiulong Building, No. 836 Nandan Road,
    Shanghai, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.webregistry.cn"

  43. Alan
    January 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Just received it in France

    Le 18-01-2016 22:56, Jim Bing a écrit :
    > Dear CEO,
    >
    > (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward
    > this to your CEO, because this is urgent, Thanks)
    >
    > We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration
    > center in Shanghai, China.
    > We received an application from Huabao Ltd on January 18, 2016. They
    > want to register " bluesboxguitars " as their Internet Keyword and "
    > bluesboxguitars .cn "?" bluesboxguitars .com.cn " ?"
    > bluesboxguitars .net.cn "?" bluesboxguitars .org.cn " ?"
    > bluesboxguitars .asia " domain names etc.., they are in China and Asia
    > domain names. But after checking it, we find " bluesboxguitars "
    > 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
    > General Manager
    > Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    > 3008, Jiulong Building, No. 836 Nandan Road,
    > Shanghai, China
    > Tel: +86 216191 8696
    > Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    > Fax: +86 216191 8697
    > Web: http://www.cnwebregistry.net

  44. Joe
    January 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the article. I've been getting these for years on various domains from different names and companies in China. I always assumed they were a scam and have never responded, but it was great to see your research on the issue. Thanks!

  45. Gunnar
    January 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for an excellent article!
    We just received an identical mail here in Sweden and we will safely ignore it.

    Best regards
    /Gunnar

  46. AJ
    December 15, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for starting this post Ryan! It's guys like you that keep us all out of trouble.

    I just got this email for my company, which lead me to look at your website.

    I've edited out my company name, but other than that, this is a copy of what I received:

    Dear CEO,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent, Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China.
    We received an application from Huabao Ltd on December 14, 2015. They want to register " xxxxx " as their Internet Keyword and " xxxxx .cn "?" xxxxx .com.cn " ?" xxxxx .net.cn "?" xxxxx .org.cn " ?" xxxxx .asia " domain names etc.., they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find " xxxxx " 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
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3008, Jiulong Building, No. 836 Nandan Road,
    Shanghai, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.cnweb-registry.org

  47. Kim
    December 12, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Thank you for this info that you posted in 2014. Got the the same email from "Tony Liu" from China Registry (Headquarters) to 3 of our email addresses for our not-for-profit so guessing it's a scam

    From: "Tony Liu"
    Subject: hearforyou CN domain and keyword
    Date: 12 December 2015 1:50:33 pm AEDT
    To:

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Dec 10, 2015, we received an application from Huaxun Holdings Ltd requested "hearforyou" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Tony Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    8052, Douhai Building, No. 59 Baolian Road,
    Shanghai, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn

  48. John Osborne
    October 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for tip off! Got exactly the same email. Will ignore it!

  49. Michelle Gallagher
    June 23, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I just received the identical email scam letter with my domain name inserted. Thanks for the valuable information. I figured it was a scam, but wanted to make sure I was not at risk of something, so did some internet research and found your site. Thanks again! Michelle

  50. Backroad
    May 4, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Hmmmm... Just got a message identical to Siobbhan's, but with my domain.

    Seems theses scammers are busy little bees lately! :)

    Thanks for this article. Can safely ignore this now...

  51. Siobbhan Shaw
    April 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Hi there,
    Thank you for this article. In the last week I received these two emails:

    Dear CEO,
    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent, Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China.
    We received an application from Huayu Ltd on March 26, 2015. They want to register " the-cooking-and-life-goddess " as their Internet Keyword and " the-cooking-and-life-goddess .cn "?" the-cooking-and-life-goddess .com.cn " ?" the-cooking-and-life-goddess .net.cn "?" the-cooking-and-life-goddess .org.cn " domain names etc.., they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find " the-cooking-and-life-goddess " 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
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3008, Jiulong Building, No. 836 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.cnregistry.com.cn

    Followed by:

    Dear Sirs,
    Our company based in chinese office, our company has submitted the " the-cooking-and-life-goddess " as CN(.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) domain name and Internet Keyword, we are waiting for Mr. Jim's approval. We think this name is very important for our products in Chinese market. Even though Mr. Jim advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
    Best regards
    Jiang zhihai

    Seems they'll try anything. I'm glad for that little voice that was going 'eh wot?!' and your article :) Thank you!

    • Angela J
      May 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      I just got this exact email today. I thought it was suspicious that the email came from the domain: cnweb.org.cn, which isn't active. I googled the email and your post brought me here. Thanks!

    • AJ
      December 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Just got this same one, verbatim. Time to expose them and spam their email accounts. >;D

  52. Anonymous
    March 19, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Just received a similar email. Lucky that I felt suspicious and did some Google myself and found your article. Thank you for the detailed article and I can just ignore the email. :)

  53. Kirk C
    December 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Wow.

    Thanks for this info. I googled the registrar company and the company wanting to badly use my domain. Without this info from you, I'm not sure what I would have done. Your first piece of advice as to what to do is all I needed to see: "the question you should ask yourself is whether that really matters to you if people visit a .cn or .hk website of the same name and visit some other site". I still may register my domain with the .cn and/or .hk, but that's as far as I would go.

    Thanks again for the detailed information.

  54. Bud
    May 28, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I receive Chinese email offers to go into business or have an opportunity to make lots of monies.
    2 things here......."if it sounds too good to be true, etc." and I've found that too many Chinese are pathological piers and deceits ! Don't recognize the sender ? DELETE IT !!!

  55. Kevin M
    May 28, 2014 at 3:46 am

    We get these regularly, mainly for the .CN TLD, and they often have a disclaimer at the bottom along the lines of "This is not an invoice..."

    The funny thing is - we've had the CN TLD for years! (purchased through GoDaddy for a few dollars a year)

  56. Anonomous Coword
    May 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Did get one of those emails and just plainly ignored it (actually more than that, I added some key parts to my "delete this spam now" filter) but after reading this I'm thinking I would been tempted to on day1 spend $15, to get my to cn & hk domain in a different name and then see how they play it out, would they even tell me that "to later -it's now owned by (my brother)" or would they still gladly ask for the money?

  57. Rob H
    May 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Yes, I've had people ask me about these emails for at least 10 years. When it was a new scam my advice was to write back demanding the name of the other organisation in order to pursue legal action for "passing off" and that legal action would also be against the registrar should he knowingly proceed. We soon found that the names never got registered anyway and others started reporting the same scams so the advice now is: if you really do want the names buy them (elsewhere) otherwise: your delete button has a purpose.

    A related scam that pops up from time to time, I've seen a few recently, is something that looks like a domain name renewal invoice but it's not from your normal registrar. It may arrive by post or email. It implies that if you don't pay up your Google listing will disappear. In most cases their aim is to take over registration from your current registrar, but at a high annual fee and for a multi-year registration (will they do that or just take the money and run?). Sometimes it seems that what they are really offering is "a service to provide submission and search engine ranking" whatever that means. The give-away is often in the document, they make explicit just what they are proposing (some form of words including phrases like "this is not an invoice but an invitation to take up our offer") in the hope you don't read or understand the small print so you'll have no grounds for legal action on the grounds that you've been misled.

    In my view the only TLDs that matter to UK organisations are .uk and .com (unless you have a significant presence/operation elsewhere) and that's why owners of good names in those TLDs can demand such high prices. Even in .co.uk (which has a lot fewer names registered than .com) all 3 letter names are gone, as are very many single dictionary-word names, especially nouns and proper nouns, even rumplestiltskin.co.uk and llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk (a place in Wales).

  58. Jon Pienaar
    May 27, 2014 at 5:18 am

    The first time I was contacted by slammers, they claimed to be from the UK (and had an accent to match). I had a .co.za domain which they offered to 'protect' in much the same way. That was about 10 years ago.

    • Ryan D
      May 27, 2014 at 5:40 am

      Wow - isn't it amazing that it's been going on for that long...

  59. Fran
    May 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Very interesting to read you went through the whole test even though you knew what the outcome would be. Would have been interesting to see what might happen if you purchased at the beginning and he still kept up the scam. We have had these emails for a number of years. Straight into the trash!

    • Ryan Dube
      May 27, 2014 at 5:38 am

      Thanks Fran - it was VERY tempting, but I just couldn't get myself to give this person actual money. :-)

    • Fran
      May 27, 2014 at 6:22 am

      Ryan, Sorry that this not what I meant. Definitly not giving them the money but purchasing yourself and seeing if they noticed or kept up the scam. Fran

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