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I canīt believe this is possible, what can I do, anything to protect me?
Thanks to all responders.
They actually havenīt bought such domains as of yet, but it sounds a little fishy. I am somewhat worried as I would never imagine someone would have the cheek to do such a thing and get profit from my branding. My domain name is really unique too. Strange...
This is a scam by the people that emailed you to drum up more business for themselves by scaring you into buying from them.
Tell them you don't want the domain names and that they are welcome to them. You'll hear no more about it and they won't buy them.
News just in, got a response from this company that is supposedly in Hong Kong. They say (just a snippet):
If you think their registration will confuse your clients and harm your profits, we can send a dispute application document you and help you register these domains within dispute period. I think maybe this is the best way to prevent domain name grab. But if you dont think their application will affect your company, you can give up,we will finish their registration.
Hope get your decision asap then we can handle the next step better.
nb - if I was genuinely worried about people registering the .cn .hk etc versions of my domain name I would have bought them myself a long time ago!
I was almost taken in by her apparent sincerity but a warning bell started ringing in the back of my head and I said I would check this out and call her back. I soon realised that it was a scam but I bought the domains myself anyway for Ģ1.99 each.