Chinese Domain Name Scam Update

I have had a number of enquiries from clients, checking to see if these emails are legitimate or not.

However, I have just received one directly and have noticed that although the scam is the same, the wording and formatting are a bit better, more convincing.

Here is the transcript:

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 and Asia.
On October 17th 2011, We received Tianhua Ltd’s application that they are registering the name ” yourdomain ” as their Internet Keyword and ” yourdomain .cn “?” yourdomain .com.cn ” ?”yourdomain .asia “domain names etc.., they are China and ASIA domain names. But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so we are sending you this email to check. According to the principle in China, your company is the owner of the trademark, In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

Best Regards,

John
General Manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 136615 29704
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web:
www.ygnetworkltd.com

So you can see that the construction of the email is much more professional, but still is  not quite perfect.

Again the point of these emails is to scare people into thinking that their domain name is going to be registered by a Chinese company. All they are wanting is to get you to register the domain name through them (often at an inflated price)

Don’t worry, I have not seen one of these be real yet.

CNBC IT Co. Limited are at it again – More Domain Scams

I had an enquiry for a client about an email they received, as soon as I saw the content and who it was referring to, it was obviously a scam I blogged about earlier, and with SEDO here.

The ones I received, were sent directly to my email address, supposedly from the WHOIS record of my domain. That wouls make sense, as it should be that person responsible for the renwal or registering of the domain.

My clients one however, was sent via the contact form on her website.

It pretty much says the same thing, but it is the first I have seen sent using this method.

Possibly passing Antispam due to the originating email coming from the sites mailserver.

Here is the content of the email

Below is the result of your feedback form.  It was submitted by
(paul@cnbcgov.org.cn) on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 22:47:02
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feedbacktype: General Information

name: paul

comments: Dear CEO,

We are CNBC IT Co.,Limted, which is the domain name registration organization in China, which mainly deal with international company’s in china. We have something important need to confirm with your company.

On the May 06, 2009, we received an application formally. One company named huaxia Investment (china) Co., Ltd applied for the Internet brand name “clientdomain” and the Domain names “clientdomain.cn” “clientdomain.asia” etc. . which involve internet intellectual property right of your company.

These days we are dealing with it. In order to deal with this issue better,We would like to get the affirmation of your company,please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible. Please let someone in your company who is responsible for trademark or intellectual right contact me freely.

Best Regards,
paul
CNBC IT Co.,Limted

Tel:+86-797-6654451
Fax:+86-797-6654452
Web:www.cnbcgov.org.cn

2009-05-06
paul

So you will see that the information hasnt really changed, but the delivery has.

Let me know in the comments if you have seen any variations on this.