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,,,,,,, and others (,, and are linked by IP address).

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

From: “andy” <>
To: “joewein” <>
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 !


Principal of Checking Department

Overseas Registration Organization

Tel:+(86)731-8187 729

Fax:+(86)731-8187 739

Mobile:+(86)731 6735 121



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 (, 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 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

From: “” <>
To: “jwspamspy” <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 12:53
Subject: Jwspamspy Domain Name

Dear 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

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

Beijing Erimut Network Information Technology Co.,Ltd


Received on 2008-7-30 from

From: “thomas.zhang” <>
To: “419” <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:55
Subject: Joewein Domain name & Internet keyword

July 30, 2008


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,


Tel: +86-10-62961631-8017

Fax: +86-10-82780671


Beijing Erimart Network Service Co, Ltd



Received on 2008-11-07 from IP

From: “jackey.zhuang” <>
To: “419” <>
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,


Tel: +852-31757930 ext.8012


Hong Kong Network Service Co. Ltd

505 thoughts on “Domain registration scam in China

  1. Dear Sir or Madam,

    This is a letter regarding the authorization of domain and brand names of your company, please take it seriously. The registration request has been received by our company from HUHAN Global Ltd applying to register scandicbeauty as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of those names is the same as yours after our initial checking.

    We are handling the request and needing to confirm whether or not your company authorizes the 3rd party company to register them ASAP. Please let me know your opinions so as to solve it promptly. Looking forward to your reply.

    Best Regards,
    Rachel Lee
    Building 2,Zhidi Square,No.288,Huaining Road,Hefei Anhui

  2. Another one:


    (It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)

    We are the domain registration and solution center in China. On August 7, 2017, we received an application from Jiaxun Ltd requested “419scam” as their internet 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 your company have connection with this Chinese company or not?

    Best Regards,

    Nick Liu | Service & Operations Manager

    CN Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China

    Tel: +86-02164193517 | Fax: +86-02161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671


    This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.

  3. Same experience :
    To whom it may concern,

    Sorry to bother you, we need your confirmation about the authorization of registration of your company name bestholidaysitaly, please read this letter thoroughly.

    We are the Chinese agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Our center received the registration request from Acelander Technology and they applied to register bestholidaysitaly as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN/.HK etc). We found the main body of those names is the same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between your company and the 3rd party company. Please let me know whether or not your company authorizes them to register names. We are handling the request and urgently needing your clarification.

    Thanks for your cooperation and look forward to your prompt reply.

    Best regards,

    Amos Ma
    Tel:+86-551 634911 93
    Fax:+86-551 634911 92
    Address:Building 2,Zhidi Square,No.288,Huaining Road,Hefei,Anhui,China

  4. Dear Sir/ Ms.

    We are a domain name registration service agency. Our center received an application from Vicky Kong International today. They applied to register “____” as their Brand Name and applied for several top-level domains. However, the main body of these names is same as your used name. We’re not sure about your relationship with this company.

    Now we are processing this application. Our center needs to confirm whether the application is authorized by your company. If so, we will proceed with their registration. If not, please inform us as soon as possible in order to take the next step. We await your prompt reply.


    Pierre Lee
    Tel: +86-551-6349-1193
    Fax: +86-551-6349-1192
    Room 806,Fortune Square,No.278,Suixi Road,Hefei China

  5. Hello,
    I just received this the other day – another scam – identical to the one above.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    We are a domain registrar. We received application request from Tuanxin Limited Company, they apply to register sunsetpalmsdesigns as their brand and top-level domain names. we found the main body of those domain names is same as your company name. I confirm with your company about the relationship between you two companies. Please let me know whether or not you authorize them to register those domain names.

    Right now, we don’t pass their registration request. We are confirming it whether or not you authorize them to register those domain names.. looking forward to your reply, thanks.

    Best Regards

    Elvis Huang

    Tel: +86-551-6349-1193
    Fax: +86-551- 6349-1192
    Address:Room 806,Fortune Square,No.278,Suixi Road,Hefei China

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