Domain registration scam in China

Various companies in China are trying to scare domain owners in other countries into registering Chinese variants of their domain names by claiming some other party was trying to register these variants. Examples of this scam have been reported widely throughout 2008, involving the domains asiaton.cn, erimut.com, erimart.com, erimart-domains.com.cn, hknsc.hk, hongkongnet.org, hk-net.org.cn, hknetwork.hk.cn and others (erimut.com, erimart.com, erimart-domains.com.cn and hknsc.hk are linked by IP address).

Here is one that I received on 2008-12-08, originating from IP 58.38.209.249:

From: “andy” <andy@asiaton.cn>
To: “joewein” <joewein@pobox.com>
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 14:11
Subject: Urgent-Notification of intellectual property

Dear CEO,

We are Asiaton Network Service Co., Ltd, which is the Internet Trademark&domain name register center in China. I have something need to confirm with you. We have received an formal application. An international company named “ROB GmbH” wants to apply “joewein” for its own Internet Trademark and CN domain name on Dec 8, 2008 in china. We need to know your opinion because the Internet Trademark And CN domain name may relate to the copyright of your company name on internet. If your company do not intervene in it,we will formally consent their registration
because the registration principle is that “Every company or individual can register the domain name and Internet Trademark which is not registered,and who registers first who owns first.”
we would like to get the affirmation of your company. If you have any question,please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible!

Best Regards !

Andy

Principal of Checking Department

Overseas Registration Organization

Tel:+(86)731-8187 729

Fax:+(86)731-8187 739

Mobile:+(86)731 6735 121

Skype:chinaregistry

E-mail:andy@asiaton.cn

web:www.asiaton.cn

2008-12-08

Such email solicitations are fraudulent, because you can safely assume that the same email, with other domains substituted for yours, has gone out to thousands of domain owners. I found an almost identical email (listing the same third party supposedly trying to register a domain) in another blog. Somebody obviously thinks being a registrar is a license to milk foreigners.

Don’t fall for this scam, they’re playing on fear.

If you own a .com, .net or national TLD (.co.uk, de., .fr, etc) domain but are not planning to set up a Chinese office or not even doing any business in China you have no reason to spend money on a domain registration with a Chinese registrar. Also, trademarks and domains are largely separate issues. You don’t become a trademark owner merely by registering a domain and vice versa.

The only domains that really count for your business are .com/.net/.org (depending on the nature of your organisation) and/or the country code top level domain (ccTLD, such as .co.uk or .jp) if you’re based outside the USA.

Below are other examples of domain registration spams / scams that I have received before. I am sure there are a lot more out there.

Received on 2008-03-18 from 221.221.167.121:

From: “Bruce.li” <Bruce.li@erimut.com>
To: “jwspamspy” <jwspamspy@pobox.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 12:53
Subject: Jwspamspy Domain Name

Dear joewein.de LLC,

We are Beijing Erimut Network Information Technology Co., Ltd in China, which is the domain name registration centre here. A formal application from the company called ChengGuang Investment (China) Co.,Ltd is to register ” jwspamspy ” as their domain name and internet keyword on Mar 17th 2008. Since this involves your company name or trade mark, in no time do we inform you of this. Please contact us timely if a first registration is needed to protect the domain names and internet keywords.

Kind Regards
Bruce.Li

Tel: +86-10-62667420 ext.602
Fax: +86-10-62667460

Email: Bruce.li@erimut.com
Beijing Erimut Network Information Technology Co.,Ltd
Website: www.erimut.com

2008-03-18

Bruce.li

Received on 2008-7-30 from 123.127.123.173:

From: “thomas.zhang” <thomas.zhang@erimart-domains.com.cn>
To: “419” <419@419scam.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:55
Subject: Joewein Domain name & Internet keyword

July 30, 2008

Joewein

Domain name & Internet keyword

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are Beijing Erimart Network Service Co., Ltd which is the domain name register center in China. We received a formal application from a company who is applying to register “joewein” as their domain name and Internet keyword on July 27, 2008.Since after our investigation we found that this word has been in use by your company, and this may involve your company name or trade mark, so we inform you in no time. If you consider these domain names and internet keyword are important to you and it is necessary to protect them by registering them first, contact us soon. Thanks for your co-operation and support.

Kind Regards,

Thomas.Zhang

Tel: +86-10-62961631-8017

Fax: +86-10-82780671

Email: thomas.zhang@erimart-domains.com.cn

Beijing Erimart Network Service Co, Ltd

http://www.erimart.com

2008-07-30

thomas.zhang

Received on 2008-11-07 from IP 58.38.209.249:

From: “jackey.zhuang” <jackey.zhuang@hongkongnet.org>
To: “419” <419@419scam.org>
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 18:10
Subject: 419scam Notice

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are Hong Kong Network service Company Limited, the an official domain name registration center.

On Nov 06, we received an application from another company for the domain names “419scam” , but later we found your company is their original owner and this may involve your company name or trade mark and this may cause confusion between your products and others’ , and bring about negtive effect on your company.

Therefore we decided to inform you of this and check out your attitude toward thismatter.That is, do you want to protect these domain names by registrering them ahead or not? We would appreciate if you can spare some precious time to settle this issue.

Thank you for your cooperation and looking forwards to your early reply.

Kind Regards,

Jackey.zhuang

Tel: +852-31757930 ext.8012

Fax:+852-31757932

Email:jackey.zhuang@hongkongnet.org

Hong Kong Network Service Co. Ltd

Website:www.hknsc.hk

517 thoughts on “Domain registration scam in China

  1. From: John Wang
    Subject: Urgent: “xx” NetBrand and domain name registration
    Date: 6 November 2012 5:30:24 PM AEDT
    Reply-To: john@p-cn.org

    (Mail to the brand holder, thanks)

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    I’m sorry to disturb you so abruptly.

    We are the department of registration service in China. On November 5,2012, we received an application formally. One company named “Jiqin Investment Co.,Ltd “had applied for the net brand “xx” and some relevant domain names through our body.

    Now we are handling this registration, and we found that the keyword of these domain names and net brand is identical with your company’s. So now we need to confirm a couple of things with you:
    1. If your company consigns “Jiqin Investment Co.,Ltd” to register these domain names and net brand, we will send an application form to them and help them finish the registration at once.
    2. If your company has nothing to do with “Jiqin Investment Co.,Ltd”, they maybe have other purposes to register these domain names and net brand.

    We haven’t finished the registration of “Jiqin Investment Co.,Ltd” yet, and we have postponed the application of this company temporarily already. In order to deal with this issue better, please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.

    In addition, we hereby affirm that our time limit for dissent application is 7 days. If your company files no dissent within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by “Jiqin Investment Co.,Ltd”

    Best Regards

    John Wang
    Regional Manager
    AnHui Office:
    Phone: +86-5515120 117
    Fax: +86-5515123 308
    Postal Code:230022

    Address:AnGao World Cities,No. 99,WangJiang West Road,HeFei,AnHui Province,China
    ShangHai Headquarters:
    Postal Code:201315
    Address:No.11,Lane 788,Xiupu Road,Nanhui District,ShangHai,China

    2012-11-06

  2. (It’s very urgent, Please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person, Thanks)

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    We are a domains registration organization in Shanghai, China. We are majoring in the global companies’ domains & net brand registration and solutions.

    On November 9 2012, we received an application online submitted by one company named “YGTR Investment Limited”. They wanted to apply for the Net Brand “mrkconsultingltd” and some relevant domains from us. We checked this, and found the Net Brand are identical with your company’s name. To avoid the confusion maybe caused by this registration, we have to confirm with you: Does your company consign YGTR Investment Limited to register these domains and the net brand?

    We haven’t finished the registration for YGTR Investment Limited yet, and we are checking their application, but we must finish the registration within 7 days. In order to deal this issue better, please contact us by telephone or email asap during this period.

    Best Regards

    Jeff Lee
    Region Manager

    AnHui Office:
    Phone: +86-5515120117
    Fax: +86-5515123308
    Postal Code:230022

    Address: AnGao World Cities,No. 99 ,WangJiang West Road , HeFei, AnHui Province, China
    ShangHai Headquarters:
    Postal Code:201315

  3. Another one. Their site looks legit as a registrar. Responded and then they wrote back with a list of domains. I suspect the next step would be that they ask me to register them. Hopefully this will make them make up new names at least.

    From: William Wu
    Date: Monday, November 19, 2012 3:33 AM
    Subject: URGENT xxx Brand Registration Confirmation

    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on November 19, 2012 that a company claimed Py & Gl Investment Ltd were applying to register “xxx” as their Net Brand and some xxx Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for Py & Gl Investment Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    William Wu

    Tel:+86.5515223114 || Fax:+86.5515223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road,Hefei,Anhui,China

  4. From:
    Richard.liu@tik-china.com

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

    Dear President,
    We are a department of registration service in China. Now we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on November 19, 2012, One company self-styled “Sagbar Holding, Inc.” are going to apply to register “yourcompanyname” as brand name and CN domain names as below :

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

    After our initial examination, we found that the brand name applied for registration is as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this “Sagbar Holding, Inc.” are the same company,there is no need to reply to us,We will accept their application and will register those for them immediately.

    If your company has no relationships with that company nor authorized,please reply to us within 7 workdays,if we can’t get any information from your side over 7 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by “Sagbar Holding, Inc”.
    Thanks for your cooperation.

    Best Regards,
    Richard Liu (Mr.)
    Auditing Manager
    (Tel : 0086-21-67183930
    Fax: 0086-21-67182571
    Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.

  5. From: paul@china-dup.net.cn

    Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on November 20, 2012 that a company claimed AER Investment Ltd were applying to register “provado” as their Net Brand and some “provado” Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for AER Investment Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,
    Paul Wong
    Tel:+86.5515223114 Fax:+86.5515223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road,Hefei,Anhui,China

  6. (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)
    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on November 23, 2012 that a company claimed HPOC INTL Co. were applying to register “XXXXXXX” as their Net Brand and some XXXXXXX Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.
    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for HPOC INTL Co.. Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,
    Steve Wu
    Tel: (+86) 551-5223114 || Fax: (+86) 551-5223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road, Hefei, Anhui, China

  7. Received yesterday :

    From : oscar.ho@huynic.org
    Subject : Urgent: Concerning “COMPANY NAME” Brand Name dispute.

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this,please forward to the right person/ department, as this is urgent, thank you.)

    Dear CEO,
    We are the department of registration service in Asia. Currently, we have a urgent issue needing to confirm with your company. On Nov. 21st,2012, we received an application formally. One company named “QVC Management Group Ltd.” wanted to apply for the Brand Name”COMPANY NAME” and some domain names through our body.

    According to our initial check, these domain names and brand name are as similar as your company name. So we confirm with you if this company was authorized by you. If it was neither authorized by you nor your branch company, please contact us in 10 working days.

    Best Regards,

    Oscar Ho

    Auditing Department Manager

    HuiYi Global
    Hongkong headquarter
    00852-3077-5980
    00852-3077-1254
    http://www.hkcenter.org
    7/F Bright Way Towers no 33 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon, Hongkong.

  8. Thanks for this blog post!

    One more mail from the notorious jymdns.com written by Klaus Ding

    Klaus Ding

    Received on November 27th 2012

    (If you are NOT President & CEO, please forward this to your President & CEO, it is urgent .Thanks.)

    Dear President & CEO,

    We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on November 27, 2012, One company called “RECIPHARM HOLDING,INC.” is applying to register “yourcompanyname” as brand name and domain names as below :

    yourcompanyname.asia
    yourcompanyname.cn
    yourcompanyname.com.cn
    yourcompanyname.com.hk
    yourcompanyname.com.tw
    yourcompanyname.hk
    yourcompanyname.net.cn
    yourcompanyname.org.cn
    yourcompanyname.tw
    yourcompanyname.中国

    After our initial examination, we found that the brand name being applied is as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this “RECIPHARM HOLDING,INC.” are the same company,there is no need reply to us,We will accept their application and will register these for them immediately.

    If your company has no relationships with that company or you did not authorize them,please reply to us within 7 workdays,if we can’t get any information from you within 7 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application which is submitted by “RECIPHARM HOLDING,INC.”.

    In await for your reply ASAP .

    Best Regards,

    Klaus Ding

    Auditing Manager

    Tel: +86.21.37260008

    Fax: +86.21.51862875

  9. And heres the mine!

    (If you are not in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks.)

    Dear CEO,

    We are the department of China Domain Registration Service in Shanghai, China. Yesterday, we received an application from “Wells investment ltd.” requested ” Tenebit ” as their internet brand and China domain names (tenebit .cn / .com.cn / .net.cn / .org.cn / .hk / .com.hk / .tw / .com.tw / .asia ) . But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether your company has authorized “Wells investment ltd.” to register these domains?

    Best Regards,

    ———————————-

    Owen Hu
    Registration Manager
    Domain Name Registration Services.

    Room 402 | No.59 | Building 20 | Lan 1118 XiZha Road | Fengxian | Shanghai
    Tel: 0086-21-6715-8606 or 0086-21-6715-0255
    Fax: 0086-21-6715-8606

  10. I got this one today.

    (If you are NOT President & CEO,please forward this to your President & CEO, it is urgent .Thanks.)

    Dear President & CEO,

    We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on Dec. 03, 2012, One company called “Bortera Holdings, Inc” is applying to register “xy” as brand name and domain names as below :

    Domain names:

    xy.asia
    xy.com.cn
    xy.com.hk
    xy.com.tw
    xy.hk
    xy.net.cn
    xy.org.cn
    xy.tw
    xy.中国

    After our initial examination, we found that the brand name being applied is as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this “Bortera Holdings, Inc” are the same company,there is no need reply to us,We will accept their application and will register these for them immediately.

    If your company has no relationships with that company or you did not authorize them,please reply to us within 7 workdays,if we can’t get any information from you within 7 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application which is submitted by “Bortera Holdings, Inc”.

    In await for your reply ASAP.

    Best Regards,

    ___________________

    Johnson Lee

    Senior Director

    Tel: 0086-21-37260008

    Fax: 0086-21-51862875

  11. I just received this one:

    Subject: [WARNING : A/V UNSCANNABLE] URGENT Registration Notice For essox

    (It’s very urgent, so please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on December 14, 2012 that a company claimed “Caterg Investment Company” were applying to register “essox” as their Net Brand and some “essox” Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Caterg Investment Company” Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Andy Zhang (Mr.)
    Senior Consultant Manager

  12. Got the same from Derek Lau :

    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on December 21, 2012 that a company claimed YOS Investment Ltd were applying to register “bitrete” as their brand name and some bitrete Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for YOS Investment Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards

    Derek Lau
    Senior Consultant
    Tel: +86.55165223114 Fax: +86.55165223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road,Hefei,Anhui,China

  13. On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM, Andy Zhang wrote:
    (It’s very urgent, so please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on December 27, 2012 that a company claimed “Caterg Company” were applying to register “milanplastics” as their Net Brand and some “milanplastics” Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Caterg Company” Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Andy Zhang (Mr.)
    Senior Consultant Manager

  14. Here’s the one we got:

    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on December 28, 2012 that a company claimed Lomen Investment Ltd were applying to register “kuvi” as their Brand Name and some kuvi Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for Lomen Investment Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Allen Zhang
    Tel: +86.55165223114 || Fax: +86.55165223113
    Address: No.660 MeiLing Big Road, Hefei, Anhui, China

  15. I just got one from William Wu…

    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)
    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on January 2, 2013 that a company claimed Supt Investment Ltd were applying to register “xxxxxxxxx” as their Brand Name and some xxxxxxxxx Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.
    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for Supt Investment Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,

    William Wu

    Tel:+86.55165223114 || Fax:+86.55165223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road,Hefei,Anhui,China

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  17. I just got one from Tony Sun


    (Mail to the brand holder, thanks)

    Dear Brand Holder,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on January 10, 2013 that a company which self-styled “MingXuan Investment Co.,Ltd” were applying to register “xxxxxx” as their Net Brand and some domain names through our firm.
    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company 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 “MingXuan Investment Co.,Ltd”. Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,
    Tony Sun
    Regional Manager

    AnHui Office:
    Service Hotline: +86-551 6512 0117
    Fax: +86-551 6512 3308
    Postal Code:230022
    Htto://www.pecnetwork.org
    Address:AnGao World Cities,No. 99,WangJiang West Road,HeFei,AnHui Province,China
    ShangHai Headquarters:
    Postal Code:201315
    Address:No.11,Lane 788,Xiupu Road,Nanhui District,ShangHai,China

  18. I got this message too.. :

    —————————

    2012/12/20 Jerry Fan
    (If you are NOT President & CEO, please forward this to your President & CEO, it is urgent .Thanks.)
     
    Dear President & CEO,
     
    We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on Dec. 19, 2012, One companyed ”xxx.”.is applying to register “domain.name” as brand name and domain names as below:
     
    domain.name.asia
    domain.name.cn
    domain.name.cn
    domain.name.hk
    domain.name.tw
    domain.name.hk
    domain.name.in
    domain.name.cn
    domain.name.cn
    domain.name.tw
    domain.name.中国
     
    After our initial examination, we found that the brand name being applied is as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this”xxx.”.are the same company,there is no need reply to us,We will accept their application and will register these for  them immediately.
     
    If your company has no relationships with that company or you did not authorize them,please reply to us within 7 workdays,if we can’t get any information from you within 15 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application which is submitted by”xxx”.
    In await for your reply ASAP . 
     
    Best Regards,
     
    Jerry Fan
    Auditing Manager
    Tel: +86.21.37260008
    Fax: +86.21.51862875

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  20. Here’s another one, from a Russian name…

    From: “ivan.krylov”
    Subject: Confirmation of Registration
    Date: January 14, 2013 1:18:19 AM EST

    (Letter to the President or Brand Owner, thanks)

    Dear President,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on Jan 11, 2013 that a company claimed “Wbrain Technology Co.,Ltd” were applying to register “[my domain]” as their Net Brand and some domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Wbrain Technology Co.,Ltd”.Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards
    Ivan Krylov
    Registration Dept.

    Tel: +0086 28 8591 5586 Fax: +0086 28 8591 2116
    9/F Libao building No,62 Kehua North Road,Wuhou District,Chengdu City,China

  21. полный лохотрон.
    начитался статей после того как получили такое же сообщение
    прикинулся лошком и получил от них какие то документы
    может они тоже подделка, но номер счета точно актуальный
    на 21.01.2013
    если кому они успели насолить – вот скриншоты.
    как дальше с ними поступать решайте сами
    удачи;)
    http://files.mail.ru/757F2E49978747B5924C351AFBEED1E4
    ссылка на сканы и скриншоты
    3 файла

  22. complete scam.reading articles after receiving the same messageand coffee and pretended to have received from them what the documentsthey can also fake, but just the actual account numberon 01/21/2013if someone they could annoy – Here’s a screenshot.how to further deal with them is up to yougood luck;)
    http://files.mail.ru/757F2E49978747B5924C351AFBEED1E4
    reference scans and screenshots
    3 files

  23. I received the SCAM too from Bruce Zhu [bruce@dsh-internet.org.cn]
    ( If you are not in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO/President, because this is very urgent.Thanks.)
    Dear CEO/President,
    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on January 22, 2013 that a company claimed “LTY International Co.Ltd.” were applying to register “momatos” as their brand name and some momatos Asian countries top-level domain names.
    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you didn’t authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “LTY International Co.Ltd.”. Thank you.
    Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,
    Bruce Zhu
    Tel:+86.55165223114
    Fax:+86.55165223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road,Hefei,Anhui,China

  24. Got this one and was worried for a second, until I googled it and came across this page. Thanks for the confirmation that it’s a scam!

    (Letter to the President or Brand Owner, thanks)

    Dear President,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on January 22,2013 that a company which self-styled”Tacp Investment Development Ltd”were applying to register”[domain name]”as their Brand Name and some domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company 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”Tacp Investment Development Ltd”.Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Herman Zhao
    Tel:+86-551-63434624 || Fax:+86-551-63434924
    Address:No.650 HuiZhou Ave,Hefei,Anhui,China

  25. Also got an email exactly like this except from simon@tsnetsolution.com about a company that wanted to register the same tdl’s as above with my company name. The company that wanted my name is Kerla Investment which does not exist anywhere on the internet. I did ALOT of research as my company is expanding worldwide over time and didn’t want to run into problems if my company name was used for a porn site or something. For everyone’s reference here is all I found. The Chinese gov’t has an internet authority www1.cnnic.cn/index.htm, where you can search out your own registrar, read about their dispute resolution policy (use their search engine to find it) and their way of doing things in China. After using godaddy to register some of the tdl’s, I found an ICANN recognized registrar in China and registered the rest of them for alot less than Simon was asking and only for a year to discourage any company if the claim was real. However, the domains tsnetsolution.com and tsnetsolution.org (which is simon’s website) were only registered in December 2012. Their website says copyright 2011 and says they have been in business for years. As well, after emailing back and forth with simon for about two weeks now, he said a few things in his emails which made it clear it was a scam. ..He hasn’t realized yet either that I already bought the names through another real registrar. Just in case you want to buy domain names, you can do your own research but I went through about 30 registrars before I found http://www.now.cn (use google to translate it). They are recognized by the CNNIC and ICANN (check ICANN website for http://www.todaynic.com of which http://www.now.cn and http://www.eranet.com, also okay, are subsidiaries) and you can find them all over the internet over many years. I paid through paypal and would suggest you do not pay any other way. We’ll see what happens when he checks and finds out that I gave my money (not much really) to another company. Becoming a registrar in China is also easy I found out so this is probably a bunch of guys who make profit from scaring people to register through them.

  26. ..More info.. surfed a bunch of the sites above and they all look the same more or less with same text and all. A new one I just found a scam for is here…http://blog.hqcodeshop.fi/archives/6-Chinese-domain-scam!.html… Good scam I have to say. Buggers are getting really good. never thought twice about this kind of stuff before… They got me really working to investigate this time!!

  27. I got this message… Always the same method…

    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on December 10, 2012 that a company claimed HAPPC Investment Ltd were applying to register “xxxxx” as their Brand name and some xxxxxx Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for HAPPC Investment Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,
    Steve Wu

    Tel: (+86) 551-65223114 || Fax: (+86) 551-65223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road, Hefei, Anhui, China

    Email Header:

    Return-Path:
    Delivered-To: xxx@xxx.xxx
    Received: from avas21.clm.xxxx.ch (unknown [10.4.0.21])
    by mx23.clm.net4all.ch (Postfix) with ESMTP id BC4662E202C;
    Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:30:10 +0100 (CET)
    Received: from mail.umail186.cn4e.com [117.27.151.73] (mail.umail186.cn4e.com)
    by avas21.clm.xxxx.ch (Dr.Web MailD 6.0.2.1)
    with ESMTP id 01B6A6FB; Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:30:09
    Received: from stevepc (localhost.localdomain [127.0.0.1])
    by mail.umail186.cn4e.com (Postfix) with SMTP id A39072010385;
    Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:30:02 +0800 (CST)
    Received: from stevepc (unknown [36.32.33.240])
    by mail.umail186.cn4e.com (Postfix) with ESMTPA;
    Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:30:00 +0800 (CST)
    From: “Steve Wu ”
    To:
    Subject: Imperative confirmation of registering brand xxxxxx
    Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:30:02 +0800
    Message-Id:

  28. Hi,
    today my boss asked me to verify this kind of mail.
    And I want to warn all of you, this campain is still active.

    Last mail I’ve got is:

    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration
    Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally
    received an application on January 31, 2013 that a company claimed RON
    Holdings Ltd were applying to register “my_domain_was_here” as their Brand Name and
    some my_domain_was_here Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we
    found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you
    whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If
    you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did
    not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle
    this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the
    registration for RON Holdings Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Andrew Nee
    Tel:+86.55165223114 Fax:+86.55165223113
    Address:No.660 MeiLing Big Road,Hefei,Anhui,China

    (…)
    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)
    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain =
    Registration=20
    Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you.
    (…)
    ——=_NextPart_000_00BA_01CE0058.49F5A340
    Content-Type: image/png;
    name=”www.DSH-WEB.org.cn.png”

  29. I can confirm that this scam is still very much active, we also received email with similar text to the examples posted above from someone calling themselves “Jasson Wong” from a company using the website address http://www.dsh-web.org.cn (which is included in the message only as an image but the email address the messages were supposedly sent from uses the same domain) and claiming someone was trying to register website domains using our brand name for China, Hongkong and Malaysia-TLDs.

  30. This is indeed active, we have also received one this morning.

    As we specialise in marketing communications I will just warn you. Do not even open this email, put it in spam then open it without loading the images if you need to but if you get any images they know you exist and chances are you have opened the email. This can trigger an increase in spam to your account!!

  31. De: andy.chen [mailto:andy.chen@huynic.org]
    Enviado el: domingo, 03 de marzo de 2013 8:49
    Para: info
    Asunto: Internet copyright of “wwww” and Kwduvwwwf company.
    Importancia: Alta

    Dear President & CEO,

    We are an organization specified at dealing with domain name dispute and registration in Asia. We have something important on intellectual property right need to confirm with your company.

    On March 2, 2013, we received an application formally, one company named “Kduvesnf Holding Ltd” applied for the Brand Name “wwww” and some domain names with our organization.

    After checking, we found your company is the original trademark owner. If the company’s action haven’t been authorized by your company, so their behavior will conflict with your interests. In order to deal with the matter better, please contact us ASAP. (If you are NOT , please forward this to your President , because this is urgent. Thanks.)

    Best Regards,

    Andy
    Auditing Director

    Web: http://www.huynic.org
    Tel:+00852-30775989
    Fax:+00852-30771254
    Mail: andy.chen@huynic.org

  32. Another one:

    ====
    Dear CEO,

    (If you are not in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in HongKong,China.

    On Mar.5th,2013,we received an application from Meihua Holdings Group requested “YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE” as their internet brand Keyword and China.(.CN)domain names.But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Looking forward to your reply

    Best regards,

    Ross

    Ross Zhang
    ———————————————-
    Checking Department Manager
    Hong Kong Office(Head Office)
    Rm 1105,Lippo Centre Tower189 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong China

    Tel:00852-30697510
    Fax:00852-30697516

    Mail:ross@chinadn.org.cn
    Web:www.Chinadn.org.cn

  33. Got this this week: Same as others

    (Letter to the President or Brand Owner, thanks)

    Dear President,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on February 25 2013 that a company claimed Junme Investment Co. Ltd were applying to register “fanaticshirtco” as their Net Brand and some domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for Junme Investment Co. Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Ashin Yang
    Registration Dept.

    Tel: +0086 28 859 155 86 || Fax: +0086 28 859 121 16
    12/F,No.8 XiYue building,Yi Huan Lu,Jinniu District,Chengdu City,China

    P Please consider the environment before you print this e-mail.

  34. I just got one on the company’s email, I’m glad I checked the net eheh. We’re from Italy, guess they’re moving on to new “markets”.

  35. Forgot to paste the message:

    (If you are NOT President & CEO,please forward this to your President & CEO, it is urgent .Thanks.)

    Dear President & CEO,

    We are a registrar which in charge of domain name and brand name registration in Shanghai,China. On Mar. 11, 2013,we received an application by one company called ” SOWOS HOLDING,INC.” that they are applying to register “XXXXXXXX” as brand name and domain names as below :

    XXXXXXXX.asia
    XXXXXXXX.com.hk
    XXXXXXXX.hk
    XXXXXXXX.net.cn
    XXXXXXXX.tw

    Before we finish the registration,we have had an auditing, we checked the keyword being applied is not as same as the applicant’s name,we found you own the trademark of this name,so we would like to know whether your subsidiaries,partners or distributors are going to do this registration recently.If so,there is no need to reply us,we will approve their application immediately.

    But If your company has no relationships with the mentioned company or you did not authorize anyone to do this,pls confirm us within 7 workdays.thanks.

    I am looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    Alex Wang
    Auditing Manager

  36. Here is a new one to add to the list!
    ==============================

    (Mail to the brand holder, thanks)

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    I’m sorry to disturb you so abruptly.

    We are the department of registration service in China. On March 15,2013, we received an application formally. One company named “XiangFeng Investment Co.,Ltd” had applied for the Brand Name “evkdesign” and some relevant domain names through our body.

    Now we are handling this registration, and we found that the keyword of these domain names and Brand Name is identical with your company’s. So now we need to confirm a couple of things with you:
    1. If your company consigns that company to register these domain names and Brand Name, we will send an application form to them and help them finish the registration at once.
    2. If your company has nothing to do with that company, they maybe have other purposes to register these domain names and Brand Name.

    We haven’t finished the registration of that company yet, and we have postponed the application of this company temporarily already. In order to deal with this issue better, please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.

    In addition, we hereby affirm that our time limit for dissent application is 7 days. If your company files no dissent within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by that company.

    Best Regards

    Anna Liu

    Regional Manager

    AnHui Office:
    Phone: 0086 551 6512 0117
    Fax: 0086 551 6512 3308
    Postal Code:230022

    Address:AnGao World Cities,No. 99,WangJiang West Road,HeFei,AnHui Province,China

    ShangHai Headquarters:
    Postal Code:201315
    Address:No.11,Lane 788,Xiupu Road,Nanhui District,ShangHai,China

  37. pidc.asia
    pubidc.asia
    publicdata.cn
    public-internet.asia
    public-int.org
    public-internet.asia
    public-int.org
    data.cn.com
    Public Internet Data Center Ltd
    TS Network
    tsentcn.org
    dot-net.com.cn
    dot-net.cn
    by-blobal.org
    by-blobal.org.cn
    by-blobal.cn
    BY Global Network Technology Co., Ltd
    dsg-net.org
    dsg-isp.org
    dsh-web.org
    DSG Internet Service Provider

  38. at the poster of the comment above:

    by-blobal.org
    by-blobal.org.cn
    by-blobal.cn

    These three domain do not exist (any more?).

  39. pidc.asia
    pubidc.asia
    publicdata.cn
    public-internet.asia
    public-int.org
    public-internet.asia
    public-int.org
    data.cn.com
    Public Internet Data Center Ltd
    TS Network
    tsentcn.org
    dot-net.com.cn
    dot-net.cn
    by-blobal.org
    by-blobal.org.cn
    by-blobal.cn
    BY Global Network Technology Co., Ltd
    dsg-net.org
    dsg-isp.org
    dsh-web.org
    DSG Internet Service Provider

  40. by-global.org
    by-global..org.cn
    by-global..cn
    BY Global Network Technology Co., Ltd

  41. I received one as well from picweb.biz
    The message is similar to the ones posted above.

  42. Received this morning

    (Letter to the President or Brand Owner, thanks)
    Dear President,
    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. I have
    something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 1, 2013
    that a company which self-styled “SO CN Star Ltd” were applying to register
    “xxx” as their Brand Name and some domain names through our firm.
    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the
    name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your
    company 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 “SO CN Star Ltd”. Looking
    forward to your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,
    Alan Sun
    Tel:+86.551/63495334 Fax:+86.551/63495344
    Address:HuiZhou Ave# 700, Hefei, Anhui, China

  43. Here’s one I received today!

    From: Steve Wu [mailto:steve@d3-nic.cn]
    Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 12:35 AM
    Subject: Imperative confirmation of registering brand handymanassociation
    Importance: High

    (Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)
    Dear Sir or Madam,
    This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 4, 2013 that a company claimed Htmil Investment Ltd were applying to register “handymanassociation” as their Brand name and some handymanassociation Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.
    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for Htmil Investment Ltd. Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    Best Regards,

    Steve Wu

    Tel:+86.551/63495334 Fax:+86.551/63495344
    Address:HuiZhou Ave# 700, Hefei, Anhui, China

  44. by-global.org scam
    by-global..org.cn scam
    by-global..cn scam
    BY Global Network Technology Co., Ltd
    dsg-net.org scam
    dsg-isp.org scam
    dsh-web.org scam
    dot-net.com.cn scam
    dot-net.cn scam
    Phone: 0086 551 6512 0117
    Fax: 0086 551 6512 3308

  45. picweb.net:
    ========================
    (Mail to the brand holder, thanks)

    Dear Brand Holder,
    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on February 20, 2013 that a company which self-styled “Bafang International Co.,Ltd” were applying to register “[YOURDOMAIN]” as their Net Brand and some domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company 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 “Bafang International Co.,Ltd”. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Rex Ye
    Regional Manager

    AnHui Office:
    Phone: +86-551 6512 0117
    Fax: +86-551 6512 3308
    Postal Code:230022

    Address:AnGao World Cities,No. 99,WangJiang West Road,HeFei,AnHui Province,China
    ShangHai Headquarters:
    Postal Code:201315
    Address:No.11,Lane 788,Xiupu Road,Nanhui District,ShangHai,China

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