My client brought this Asian domain name scan to my attention this morning. Emails like this (bottom)certainly catch you off guard. The scammers are getting smarter and smarter.

Upon first inspection this actually appears somewhat legit, but there are a few factors that prevents me from replying – like it is:

  • No company name
  • web url in signature does not work
  • What registrar actually researches domains in the name of company branding and turns down sales? None!

After 5 minutes more research we discovered it was definitely a scam. Take a look at the link below:
http://tim.safitech.com/2008/07/asian-domain-name-fraud-warning/

If you want to protect against scammers, talk to me or your web designer about private registration.

Here is the original email:

(If you are NOT CEO,please forward this to your CEO, because this is very urgent.)

 Dear CEO,

We are the department of Asian Domain registration service in china, have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on February 22. 2010,one company which self-styled “Fed Investments Co., Ltd” were applying to register “yourdomainname” as Network Brand and following domain names:

yourdomainname.asia
yourdomainname.cn
yourdomainname.com.cn
yourdomainname.com.hk
yourdomainname.com.tw
yourdomainname.hk
yourdomainname.in
yourdomainname.net.cn
yourdomainname.org.cn
yourdomainname.tw

 After our initial checking, we found the brand name were similar to yours, so we need to check with you whether you has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we will handle this issue better. Out of the time limit we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Fed Investments Co., Ltd”.

Best Regards,

Nicholas Lee
Senior Consultant


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