HELP! I get an email saying...

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This is a REALLY SERIOUS matter and I need your help warriors.

I basically own webcopywritersblog.com and I got an email from a person known as Allen Zhang regarding domain names that end with other extensions for "webcopywritersblog".

He wrote an email to me at my email address saying:

(It's very urgent, Please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person, thanks)
Dear CEO,

We are the department of Asian Domain registration service in china. have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on December 23, 2010, one company which self-styled "Aoyi Investment Co., Ltd" were applying to register "webcopywritersblog" as Network Brand and following domain names:
webcopywritersblog.asia
webcopywritersblog.cn
webcopywritersblog.co.in
webcopywritersblog.com.cn
webcopywritersblog.com.hk
webcopywritersblog.com.tw
webcopywritersblog.hk
webcopywritersblog.in
webcopywritersblog.net.cn
webcopywritersblog.org.cn
webcopywritersblog.tw
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 "Aoyi Investment Co., Ltd".

Best Regards,

Allen Zhang
Tel: +86-551-5223-174 || Fax: +86-551-5223-175
10/F,Jindi International Building,No.588 MaAnshan South Road,
Baohe District,Heifei,China
I wrote him back saying

Hi Allen,

I have not authorized any company to register the domain names mentioned.

Regards,
Ronak Shah
He sent me 3 emails after that to which I have not replied:

Dear Ronak,

Thank you very much for your confirmation. If it is the case, I should declare following on behalf of our company:

As soon as receiving the application of Aoyi Investment Co., Ltd, we checked and found "webcopywritersblog" is your company's using name. that's why we sent email to you. we don't hope the domains will be registered without your awareness. but you should know that the domain names regisration is open in the world, Aoyi Investment Co., Ltd also has the right to apply for the available domain names. you only own the preferential rights to register them.

If you think Aoyi Investment Co., Ltd application will effect your benefit, we can help your company dispute their application and then register them under your own name. pls let us know soon, or else we think it as your waiver. In that time we don't bear any responsibility, Because we had informed you.
Have a nice day.

Best Regards,
Allen Zhang
Tel: +86-551-5223-174 || Fax: +86-551-5223-175
10/F,Jindi International Building,No.588 MaAnshan South Road,
Baohe District,Heifei,China
After 4 days I receive another email:

Dear Ronak,

Notice: Regarding the Domain name dispute and registration case, we did not receive any of your reply until now. Concerning the mentioned Domains names and Network Brand please confirm whether you need to register those names by yourselves? If need, please let us know in time, we can send an application form to you. If you think the registration of that company or the use of following domain names will not bring any negative effect to your company, I suggest you can give up these domain names, then we will accept that company application unconditionally. Further questions please contact me in time.
Have a nice day.

Best Regards,
Allen Zhang
Tel: +86-551-5223-174 || Fax: +86-551-5223-175
10/F,Jindi International Building,No.588 MaAnshan South Road,
Baohe District,Heifei,China
I received another email in the last 6 hours:

Notice: Hi, I am Allen. We had discussed the case about disputing your company's domain names and Network Brand. You have never registered these domain names and Network Brand, and I had told you that the domain name registration is open. The dispute period will come soon. If your company does not register these domain names and Network Brand, we will finish aforesaid company registration within 2 workdays. that company will become the legal owner of these domain names in the world. We had notified you, so we are not responsible for any dispute question about your intellectual property right and trademark after they succeed in registration. If you have any questions, pls contact us within 2 workdays.

Best Regards,
Allen Zhang
Tel: +86-551-5223-174 || Fax: +86-551-5223-175
10/F,Jindi International Building,No.588 MaAnshan South Road,
Baohe District,Heifei. China
My question is:

are those prospective owners trying to take up my brand ownership of WebCopyWritersBlog.com as well? Is my domain name webcopywritersblog.com and intellectual property rights of my .com domain name under threat?

How do I deal with this?

PLEASE HELP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
    Contact support at the place you have the domains registered and tell them about this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
      Originally Posted by Ken Strong View Post

      Contact support at the place you have the domains registered and tell them about this.
      Can you interpret what these emails mean Ken?
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      *Terms & Conditions Apply. Email me at ronak[at]ronakshah[dot]name right now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
        Originally Posted by Ronak Shah View Post

        Can you interpret what these emails mean Ken?
        Just had to deal with this with one of my hosting customers.

        It's basically a scam to trick you into buying domains you don't need.

        The company in question doesn't exist, and domain registrars have nothing to do with trademarks or copyrights.

        Do not reply, and if you have concerns, contact a competent IP lawyer to get proper answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
    Ronak,
    NEVER reply to those "strange" letters.
    It would be better if you contact a lawyer who will give you legal advice and will tell you how to deal those letters.
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  • Profile picture of the author DylanJames
    Here's what I'd do. I'd try and contact the company that is buying up all those domains and see what you can get for the .com

    It seems that the site isn't very active (judging by your archives) so you could always get a new domain.

    If they offered you a decent price for it, it might work out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
      Originally Posted by DylanJames View Post

      Here's what I'd do. I'd try and contact the company that is buying up all those domains and see what you can get for the .com

      It seems that the site isn't very active (judging by your archives) so you could always get a new domain.

      If they offered you a decent price for it, it might work out.
      I am not willing to sell it at least right now. If I get $25,000 I might sell it.

      The email address attached with this domain name is important to me because I have registered at various places as an affiliate and have even used that email to purchase products.
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      I AM YOUR Direct Response Ninja Kick-Ass Sales Copywriter.

      Now, Here's The REAL DEAL:
      Either I make YOU at least 10 times of what I charge YOU OR
      I'll Write YOUR Sales Copy AGAIN Till YOU Make MUCH MORE Than THAT. Guaranteed*.
      *Terms & Conditions Apply. Email me at ronak[at]ronakshah[dot]name right now.
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      • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
        That's a standard scam - just ignore it.

        All the scammer wants to do is panic you into purchasing all the other domain extentions.

        There is no client who either has or wants the other domains. Check to see if they have been purchased. If they have, at least you will know who the scam company is and have the satisfaction of knowing they have spent money on worthless domains.

        Ignore them
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I know you don't trust me, but do so now...

    It is a scam...


    They are trying to con you into buying those other domains... At a very high premium of course...
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    • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
      oh c'mon Bill, I LOVE you.

      Just that you're harsh at times and TOO straight on the face, a little too aggressive at times which can make people feel sad and probably insulted. But you're a NICE guy and you know your stuff GOOD! You mean all GOOD!

      I as well think it's a scam! I spoke to godaddy and they told me to contact an attorney.
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      I AM YOUR Direct Response Ninja Kick-Ass Sales Copywriter.

      Now, Here's The REAL DEAL:
      Either I make YOU at least 10 times of what I charge YOU OR
      I'll Write YOUR Sales Copy AGAIN Till YOU Make MUCH MORE Than THAT. Guaranteed*.
      *Terms & Conditions Apply. Email me at ronak[at]ronakshah[dot]name right now.
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      • Profile picture of the author jasdon
        Originally Posted by Ronak Shah View Post

        I as well think it's a scam! I spoke to godaddy and they told me to contact an attorney.

        As others have said, it is a well known scam. Ignore Godaddy - 95% of their advice is useless; I have hundreds of names with them for several years. The average Godaddy employee knows nothing about what they are advising on. Even my exec rep is as much use as a chocolate fireguard, so don't waste any money looking into this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Tan
    This seem like a scam to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author gottahave
    I received a similar email some time ago concerning one of our domains and forgot about it. Some time later, I checked and these so called domain registration people never registered anything like my domain and I have never heard from them again. I guessed that they were trying on some sort of spam/illegal activity.

    Neil
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    Here's something that will calm you down...

    I have received such emails before, exactly the same format.


    Don't worry, it's just another nice good scam...
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Rose pegged it. Ignore them. It's a ploy to get you to buy the Chinese domain extensions. Nothing more.


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  • Profile picture of the author Hexor
    IT IS SCAM ! Dont fall on this scams, people are so clever today because they made the computer, if there is many supporter, haters will exist and this people are wasting there time. Again, dont fall on this. Much better to not reply on his emails. Ban him from your emai
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    You should sent them an e-mail back... If you think you can steal my domain like that, KISS MY ASS!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Rosetrees gave you the first accurate answer. Many of us have had those same emails - but when you look at the domains listed...those aren't domains you want in the first place.

      You have received multiple emails because you answered the first one. That told the scammers you had a live email address and didn't know they were scammers.

      Do not answer them again - just delete their messages and they'll go away. Godaddy will not give you legal advice - and you don't need an attorney for this one.

      kay
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Total phishing scam, hit the delete button.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    BY now enough people have told you its a scam, ignore it.
    Another popular one is for them to send a physical letter to your address with a bill saying you have to pay "X" amount of dollars to renew your domain.
    It should go directly into the round trash filing cabinet.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I just got one of those postal "renew your domain" envelopes yesterday - dropped it in the trash bin on the back to the house.

      Those have been coming for years - apparently they work on gullible people even today.
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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I just got one of those postal "renew your domain" envelopes yesterday - dropped it in the trash bin on the back to the house.

        Those have been coming for years - apparently they work on gullible people even today.

        Good cripes - the first time I got one of those I fried. After speaking to my host and finding out it was a scam I sent the letter on to the FTC.

        Ronak - I get these all the time......or used to. All I do is send them back an email stating:

        "Thank you for your "notice". I have sent it on to the proper authorities.

        I would think if they are actually in China, that note would make them S**T bricks. China has been known to execute scammers if they have stolen enough money via scams.
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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueBuilder
    This is complete BS, just ignore it and it'll go away. They send this kind of automated stuff to EVERYONE.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Roy
    I would think if this was a real, official email it wouldn't be full of spelling and grammatical errors.

    Don't worry about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    LOL! I would love to fool around with "Allen Zhang"! Using another email of course!

    Allen: "bla bla bla, bla bla bla"

    Aiden: "Oh really? It's so nice of you, thanks for informing me about this, but I'm not around the town for a few days, can you hold that for me?"

    Allen: "bla bla bla"

    Aiden: "Ok I will fly over to China and meet up with you, this is so important and so cool! I'll be free on 30/02/2011, can we settle the case on that day?"

    Allen: "............"
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