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 ” ?”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,

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

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.

Domain Renewal Scams

There are plenty of domain name scams out there, I have spoken about SEDO branded ones, Chinese domain name scams and there are plenty of others.

They are all generally trying to trick you into either registering a name similar to the one you own or trying to encourage you to renew with them as opposed to your current provider.

What is common among most is that the prices they charge a far higher that they should be.

One that did the was the Domain Registry of America (wiki entry), they would send out renewal notices in the mail, hoping for someone to fill it out and send it back hoping they didnt realise that it was not from their provider or that the charges were much higher than normal.

Anyway, I got a similar email, today. The key things here is that it is for a legitimate domain, but the registration is for USD79.95 per year, far more than you can register or renew a domain.

With most scams, they use language to lure people into thinking they are legitimate, in this case talking about ISP (Internet Service Provider)

Now this service is not necessarily illegal, because anyone can renew any domain name, however, the issue here is the price.

Here is the transcript of the email.

Subject: Renewal Notice
From: “ISP Renewal” <>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 20:34:58 +0100 will expire 2009-12-08
In order to avoid loss or cancellation of the domain name use the link below to renew the domain name.
Click to renew your domainname:
When we have received your payment we will start the renewal process instantly. You will receive a confirmation when the renewal process is completed.
You recieve a reminder from us when you have a domain name that is about to expire. Domain Renewal monitors domain names and renews your domain names through your existing Internet service provider. If you choose to prelong your domain name please use the link above. You can also ask your existing domain provider to renew your domain for you. If you order us to renew your domain name, we will not make any changes in the whois information or change internet service provider. The only changes will be a new expire date. You can see the total fee for your renewal by clicking on the link. You can contact our customer center if you have any questions regarding your domain. The customercenter can be reached at  + 44 20 33 55 49 51.