I'm sure you knowledgeable fellow Warriors can help me with this.
I think I know the answer, but just in case, it never hurts to get someone else's input.
The other day, I received an email from a company in Asia claiming to have received a request from some Holdings company to register the name diamondhaven, which is my domain name. They wanted to know if I had any connection with the Holdings company or if they were my partner in Asia. At first, I hesitated to respond, thinking it was some sort of scam. On careful examination of the email, I decided it could be real, so I replied briefly that no, I have no link to that company.
Here's the content of the follow-up letter they sent me today.
"Thanks for your prompt reply.As far as we know, they want to apply for the following names:Now, I know that by registering diamondhaven.com, I have no claim over the name diamondhaven. Anyone can register with a different extension as they indicate in their email.
And Internet Brand "diamondhaven".
We find your company have not protected these names,You know domain name takes open registration, this is international domain name registration principle. So Mollex International Holdings Ltd has right to register it.I think you must know some cases about the domain names grabbed by the third party,we also won't want to see things happen like this.
If you think his registration will confuse your clients and harm your profits, we can send a dispute application document to you and help you register these domains within dispute period. This is the only way to prevent domain name grab. If you think his application will not affect your company, you can give up, we will finish his registration. Hope get your decision ASAP, so that we can handle the next step"
My suspicion is that they are phishing to get me to fork over some dough for them to register and secure diamondhaven as a brand name. This is an odd way to get business, if you ask me. However, I am concerned about the fallout from their "branding" of this name.
Clearly, they are implementing the old "scare tactics" to this message.
On the other hand, it IS straightforward. Anyone can take diamondhaven and "brand" it, whatever that means, if I don't do it myself first.
Suggestions? Advice? Recommendations?
Much appreciated, thanks.