There is an email scam going around that is targeting businesses and domain name registration.  Businesses are receiving emails from a website domain name registration company in China, warning them that they have received an application from a Chinese company that is trying to register domain names similar to theirs.

 They pretend to be contacting the business to help prevent this, but in reality, they are trying to sell domain names similar to the company’s domain name at highly inflated prices.  A couple of our customers have already received some of these emails and have been concerned.

Here are examples of the messages:

Subject: Someone intended to use your domain names

(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward to the right person/ department, as this is urgent, thank you.)

Dear CEO,

We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 5, 2011, One company which is called “Lajie Trading Co. Ltd” is applying to register [your-website-name] as brand name and domain names as below :
[your-website-name] .asia
[your-website-name] .cn
[your-website-name] .hk
[your-website-name] .in
[your-website-name] .tw
After our initial checking, we found the brand name and these domain names being applied are as same as your company’s, so we need to confirm with 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 “Lajie Trading Co. Ltd” unconditionally.
Best Regards,
Howie Gao
Senior consultant

Subject: For your business names

Dear CEO,

We are a leading internet solutions organization in China, and we have something urgent to confirm with you. We formally received an application on May,25,2012. One company called “SW Management Pty Ltd.” trying to apply for “hoax-slayer” as Brand Name and following Domain Names through our organization:
[domain removed].cn/

After our initial examination, we found that the Net Brand and Domain Names above are similar to yours. These days we have been dealing with it. Now we hope to get your affirmation. If your company did not authorize the aforesaid company to register these, please contact us as soon as possible.

In addition, we hereby declare that time limit for this issue is 7 workdays. If your company don’t respond within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by SW Management Pty Ltd.

Best Regards!
Jala Lu
Senior Consultant

Subject: Notice of Intellectual Property-Trademark Name

Dear Manager:

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Anhui, China. On March,17th,2011, We received HUNDI Company’s application that they are registering the name [your-website-name] as their Internet Trademark and “[your-website-name] .cn”,”[your-website-name]” ,”[your-website-name] .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

If you receive one of these emails, delete it!  Do not click on any links or respond to the message as this can cause further damage to your PC or cause the sender to continue to bombard you with messages.  If you receive one of these messages, or any other suspicious message that you are unsure of it’s legitimacy, forward it to us and we will examine it.