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I received an email today from a domain registration company in Hong Long - they claimed that a holding company as applied to them to register similar domain names to mine, but with various country internet codes (I have the dot com, org and info of the domain)...
They claim they wrote to me because they knew we owned the trademark , and felt it was their duty to inform us that someone was trying to register these country domains...unless we had instructed the holding company to act on our behlf...
I wrote back saying I own the trademark for the domain name and I asked them to reveal the holding company... They refused coming back to me with a lot of poppycock..... Encouraging me to register the domains if I want to protect my business...
It was at this point that I smell a scam...
Anyone else have this experience, it's outrageous if i'm right in thinking they are trying to frighten or blackmail me...
Any advice would be appreciated...
joined:Aug 12, 2004
I wrote back saying I own the trademark...
That's just me though.
I will just ignore it from now.... they think they got scared now though don't they...lol...
Anyway....this kind of thing can happen to anyone can't it....it's just not practical to go registering every conceivable domain name with all country codes...
If you want the domains they're suggesting buy it from a reputable registrar, and not the one that tried to scam you.
joined:June 3, 2007
Normally I ignore them however this time I did respond just for the fun of it asking why they had not done their research fully since I already owned all those names under those extensions?
Guess what? Nothing came back...I just wonder how many fall for these scams?
it's possible that you are being offered something that could actually be quite good for you - in this case those tld's may or may not be of interest,
but if i was interested i would certainly investigated other methods/avenues for registering/buying.
#1 - Your email address is on your site via form reached by a "contact us" link.
#2 - Your email address is the generic "webmaster@" instead of something unique.
#3 - Your registration information is not private and a simple whois lookup reveals all.
Protect yourself from lazy or bot using scammers by making the "contact us" link say something else like "Get in touch with us" and have the form require captcha of some sort.
Next create a non generic email address and use it. A private registration is also a good idea for any private individual. Company information is available elsewhere and so companies don't need to worry about this as much but if a site is registered to your person you don't need your information available worldwide.
...and have the form require captcha of some sortThat will not work with this particular scam (but captchas are good for most). We heavily encrypt all email addresses on all sites we manage. The fact that our clients get these scam emails tells me this scam is manual not a bot thing.
Every week one or two of our clients forward a similar email to me, asking of they should register. I explain the scam and they are happy.
Yeah, likewise. I hate to say it, but these scams help give legit web businesses value. I guess that is true to some extent in every industry but it's sadly obvious in this case.
A new scam every week....
yeah... I've said this before and I'll say it again... I've never lost business to a legit competitor, I've never had a confused or upset client confused or upset because of actions we caused. Although 99% of our clients will be 100% happy with us throughout the whole time working with us we get that unreasonable 1% who are either crazy or horribly misinformed by idiot "know it all" friends or scammers promising the world but deliver crap.
[edited by: Gomvents at 6:14 pm (utc) on Mar. 29, 2009]
joined:Jan 12, 2009
yeah... I've said this before and I'll say it again... I've never lost business to a legit competitor
Inflated ego's. They are a killer and business looser.
[edited by: MrHard at 8:08 pm (utc) on Mar. 29, 2009]
I suspect there are people out there going through domain registration details. My pishers even picked out the host. That's impressive.
A client might have given them enough information to transfer the domains to themselves
The same rule surely applies to e-mail. Anything offered for sale in e-mail is spam at best, probably fraudulent ... don't ever deal. EVER.
The corollary is: if you want to be seen as a legitimate business, don't EVER EVER EVER offer goods and services by phone or e-mail.
The second corollary is: if you've ever done either in the past, change your name and move to a third-world country without running water or ethernet packets.
Then again, given all the sleazeball lawyers in the US it could be legit!
Selling .cn, worthless as it is and hopefully China will have its Internet isolated soon for all the hacking the state performs.
Mails are always from some third world backwater, like Chindia.