How Should I Verify This? Someone Wants To Use My Domain

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I just got this in an email:

Dear Sir/Madam

I'm sorry to disturb you so abrupt. We are a domain name registration service company in Asia,

On 9th April. we received a formal application submitted by (insert name here) who wanted to use the keyword "avenuegirl" to register the Internet Brand and with suffix such as .cn / / domain names.
After our initial examination, we found that these domain names to be applied for registration are same as your domain name and trademark. We aren't sure whether you have any relation with him. Because these domain names would produce possible dispute, now we have hold down his registration, but if we do not get your company's an reply in the next 5 working days, we will approve his application

As authorized anti-cybersquatting organization we hereby suspect Mr. John Sun is a domain investor. so we need you to attach importance to this issue.

In order to handle this issue better, Please contact us by Fax ,Telephone or Email as soon as possible.
The web address connected does appear to be a domain name registrar. Has anyone else ever received anything like this?
#domain #verify
  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Originally Posted by avenuegirl View Post

    Has anyone else ever received anything like this?
    Not me personally, but check this out:

    "I'm sorry to disturb you so abrupt. We are a domain name registration service company in Asia," - Google Search

    Looks like others have received a very similar letter.

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  • Profile picture of the author Myles Sinclair
    It sounds like a rather scammy scare tactic to try and sell you a bunch of domain names you don't really want or need.
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Just a scam to demand money from you. Unless you are serious about buying every possible variation of yourname.anything along with your-name.anything, etc you can never stop someone else buying a version of it - maybe innocently, maybe not.

      My guess is that Mr John Sun doesn't exist. I doubt the domain company will bother to buy those domains. They might. That happened to a client of mine recently. A three word .com domain, registered by her previous web person and from a small hosting company who simply wouldn't hand it over, expired and before we could get it back it was bought by a company in Taiwan who demanded $5k for it.

      We registered the version instead. I tried all along to tell her that it was just a name - what matters is developing the site so that it becomes THE place to go for the service it offers. (There was no content on the expired version.)

      It's just scare tactics and scamming. Ignore them.
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    No I never have, but if they know that the request is the same as your domain name and trademark, tell them that their "client" cannot use them. Tell them you don't have any relation to that person (if you don't) and that you don't approve of what their "client" is trying to do. It sounds kinda scammy, but on the other hand it might be for real. I would just cover my interests either way.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    Scam ... this one has been going around quite a bit lately. Numerous threads on the WF saying basically the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    ignore it and go play some more wii fit.

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  • Profile picture of the author knighthood
    Several of my IT clients have received the same inquiry. It is a complete scam.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      I was feeling it could just be scam, but I wonder if these types of letters are mailed out.

      Also, I think a WSO with some generic legal sounding reply letters to inquiries like these might do well.

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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        Originally Posted by avenuegirl View Post

        Also, I think a WSO with some generic legal sounding reply letters to inquiries like these might do well.
        Why? IMHO, it's not a genuine inquiry. It's a sneaky domain registration sale scheme. It's not personal; they send it out en masse. No reason to reply to it at all. They won't even notice you haven't replied. Just toss it and forget about it.

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  • Profile picture of the author MJ Sterling
    This is a new(ish?) version of a scam from the 90's..

    I know of at least 3 offline web design companies who used to do something like this.. I used to work for one of them as a web designer/SEO (for a while), and saw the sales staff doing this...

    They would go through the Yellow pages and business directories and telephone 'company X' saying that 'Mr Smith' is about to register their company name as a dot com and a dot co dot uk.

    They would claim that they legally have to sell the domain names unless 'company X' took action and bought the domain names first.

    Many, many companies fell for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    101% Spam..By the way i like this comment on the page referred above:

    Being in China myself for business. What you said is 100% accurate.

    I get emails like that all the time. I just reply with "yeah, right, thanks for reminding me, I will go register it through my registrar and not through you"

    Of course I never go register it but days later I see the and is both taken.

    So I send them a followup and go "I hope you know that my domain was not as important as you think. That I was actually going to let the domain expire end of this year. You stupid cheating Chinese just wasted your money trying to extort me on a brand / domain I can care less about."

    I never really get replies after that. But I can imagine they're feeling a HUGE bit of regret, hehehe. (mission accomplished)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    No doubt a scam, as others have said. I just wanted to add how I know it's a scam so others can recognize it when they see it. No legitimate registrar would reveal their clients name to you.

    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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  • Profile picture of the author ikontent
    I've received mails like this before; if you follow through with any correspondence they offer to "give you" the domains for something like $30 to $50 per domain per year.

    There's also the variant where they try to get you to switch from your current registrar to their service - at mucho bucks. Or the one where if you don't have the .com, but do have the .net / org / info - they grab the .com when available and then offer it to you.

    If you DO want the .cn version of your domain name - get it yourself from a reputable registrar.

    Otherwise - move along, nothing here..

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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    I get the feeling this is a scam don't you?

    Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill

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  • Profile picture of the author brandon_kent

    I think its a non issue, anyhow hosting company provide you the IP, user name & password. that should be secert. if that not secure than someone hacks your domain.
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