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Scam or legit domain trademark inquiry?

     
1:21 pm on Aug 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We received an email today, from a legitimate looking Domain registrar in China.

They indicated a company had applied for the .CN, .ASIA variants of our base business URL & brand name. They said they were checking with us because we were the brand name owners, before authorizing the Chinese company to be allowed to complete the registrations.

Does this sound legit? I'm guessing their next suggestion will to be kindly register <mybrand>.CN etc. Is this some kind of sales scam, and if so, why would an apparently legitimate looking Chinese registrar be pulling such a trick?

If it's not a scam, then I am genuinely impressed that in China there is suddenly a proactive trademark protection requirement.. seems like it'd be a miracle almost.

Any advice appreciated.

1:23 pm on Aug 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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scam ..discussed many times already
1:35 pm on Aug 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Argh.. sorry! Did not think to search. They're just trying to try and sell the domains then..? Or something more nefarious.
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just try to sell the domains..although giving your cc details to a chinese scammer probably can get you into even more difficulties down the line ..
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They indicated a company had applied for the .CN, .ASIA variants of our base business URL & brand name.

Do you know just HOW stupid some of these scammers are? I'll tell you.

I've had many similar offers yet they don't even bother to check whether those names are already registered and to whom! I have had example.cn, example.asia etc offered to me many times when I have ALREADY owned them, in some cases, several years.

Having said that, and depending on your business reach, I would definitely buy some of the more important extensions such as .asia, .cn and .in since their influences are becoming more and more and, in any case, they're not expensive, not much more than a .com if you go to a good registrar, some often have very good offers on these names.