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

458 thoughts on “Domain registration scam in China

  1. Another one:

    =====

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    This is Andy Zhang—Senior Consultant of domain name registration and solution center in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on July 24, 2014. that a company claimed “RAINLANE LTD” were applying to register “xxxxxxx” as their Network Brand and some “xxxxxxx” Asian countries top-level domain names(in/hk/tw/etc) and China (CN) 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 “RAINLANE LTD”. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    (This is a very important case, so please transfer this email to your CEO or Principal. Thanks a lot.)

    Best Regards,

    Andy Zhang

    Senior Consultant Manager

    http://www.numre.org
    No 8-3 New Time Business Street, Wuhu City, China

  2. To whom it may concern:

    We are the Department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. We have something to confirm with you. On August 5, 2014, we received an application in which a company by the name SANGHU GROUP applied to register “linasparis” as their Brand Name and some Asian top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration. After our initial checking, we found that the name are identical to your company’s. We need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If not, please let us know within 7 workdays, in which case we will dicuss the matter more thoroughly. If not otherwise advised within that time limit we will proceed with the registration for SANGHU GROUP. We will be waiting for your reply. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Steve Zhou
    Director of International Business – Registration Department
    Tel: 0086 (0)551 6349 5334
    Fax: 0086 (0)551 6349 5344
    Web: http://www.dnscenter.asia
    Address: No.8 QingXI Road Hefei AnHui P.R.China
    2014-8-5

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  5. Dear Manager,
    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)
    This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China.
    We received an application from Huake Ltd on December 1, 2014. They want to register ” ” as their Internet Keyword and ” .cn “、” .com.cn ” 、” .net.cn “、” .org.cn ” domain names etc.., they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find ” ” conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?
    Best Regards,
    Jim
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.ygregistry.net

    Our domain removed from above

    My reply after they tried this scam last year four times was,
    Here we go again, Please forward your legal teams details, I will then instruct my legal team to start action against you, this is clearly a scam, I will also go on every forum and warn about this. Now either send your legal teams details or do one with your scams.

    Regards

  6. Got another one:

    ====

    Dear Manager,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)

    This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China.
    We received an application from Huake Ltd on January 5, 2015. They want to register ” YOUR-DOMAIN ” as their Internet Keyword and ” YOUR-DOMAIN .cn “, ” YOUR-DOMAIN .com.cn “, ” YOUR-DOMAIN .net.cn “, ” YOUR-DOMAIN .org.cn ” domain names etc.., they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find “YOUR-DOMAIN ” conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

    Best Regards,

    Jim
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.yg-registry.net

  7. Received another one today:

    ====

    Dear CEO,

    (If you are not the person who is 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 Shanghai, China.
    We received an application from Huada Ltd on May 11, 2015. They want to register ” YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE ” as their Internet Keyword and ” YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE .cn “、” YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE .com.cn ” 、” YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE .net.cn “、” YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE .org.cn ” 、” YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE .asia ” domain names etc.., they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE ” conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

    Best Regards,

    Jim
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3008, Jiulong Building, No. 836 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.cnwebregistry.org.cn

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