Just got an email – scam or genuine?
Hi, I have a website and .co.uk domain name. I do a little bit of photography and that domain / site is where I publicise my work.
I just got this email:
(Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)
We are the auditing department of a professional domain name registration and dispute solution organization in China. We formally received an online application on July 12,2012 that a company claimed “Some company name Int’l Ltd” were applying to register “my domain name” as their Net Brand and some “my domain name” Asian countries top-level domain names. Now we are handling this registration,after our audit department checking,we found this is conflict with your company’s domain name and trade name.
According to the registration principle in China,we will audit every application of our customer in order to avoid the conflict of the intellectual property. You are the original trademark owner,so I am sending you this E-mail to check if your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this,we will finish the registration at once,otherwise,pls inform me ASAP.
Our time limit for dissent application is 7 workdays. Out of the time limit we will unconditionally finish the registration for that company,so please contact us as soon as possible.
Have a beautiful day.
Not really bothered about anyone else using “my domain name”. I only have .co.uk registered – the .com was already taken by someone in the US anyway.
Ignore, reply or is it some kind of scam where they will try it on later down the line?
TIA.Posted 5 years ago
In related news,
I used to get postal(!) spam from something along the lines of “domain registrar of America” when my domains were due for renewal. It’s an official-looking renewal notice, and if you were to respond then they actually transfer your domains to themselves and charge you an annual registration fee of about ten times what it should be.
It’s particularly dangerous because if they’re sent to companies, they can end up in Accounts or otherwise outside of IT and get paid blindly as just another invoice. It looks legit, companies think “ooh, we’d better renew that then.” I’ve blocked a couple from going through at the 11th hour in different companies over the years.Posted 5 years ago
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