Chinese Domain Scam

This scam has been around for a few years however a number of customers have reported a resurgence of this unsolicited email. An example of this scam is:

Dear Manager,

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Anhui, China. On May,7th,2012, We received HUHUA Company’s application that they are registering the name “YOUR COMPANY NAME” as their Internet Trademark and “YOURCOMPANYNAME.cn”, “YOURCOMPANYNAME.com.cn”, “YOURCOMPANYNAME.asia” domain names etc. It is China and ASIA domain names. But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check. According to the principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark. In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

Kind regards

Angela Zhang

Anhui Office (Head Office)
Registration Department Manager 
Room 1008 Shenhui Building 
Haitian Road, Huli Anhui, China

 

These emails may contain different wording and formatting, however they generally follow these rules:

  • They claim to have received an application by another company who want a .cn domain name that uses your company name or trademark.
  • They claim to be authorised by the CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) which is the Chinese Domain Registry.
  • Their grammar and spelling is often atrocious.
  • They claim they want to help you to stop the other company from registering the .cn domain name in question.
  • The emails often have full contact details including phone, email and fax, making them seem more legitimate.
  • Prices are seldom mentioned (and can be many times more expensive than the going rate).
  • The reply addresses that these emails appear to come from vary, sometimes coming from .cn addresses and sometimes from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc addresses.

If you receive one of one of these emails don’t reply. Simply delete the email or if you are unsure please contact us.

If you want to register a .cn domain name send us an email and we can check the availability.

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