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charro ­ callado
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Dec 28, 2011 21:35 |  #1

Probably of general interest to those with domain names - I received this email:

=]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 December 26th 2011, We received Tianhua Ltd's application that they are registering the name " (my studio name) " as their Internet Keyword and " (my studio name) .cn "、" (my studio name) .com.cn " 、" (my studio name) .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
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.ygnetwork.com.cn (external link)

Pretty obvious scam, lots of info out there on it. It was a good prompt for me to go back and dust off my old IP casebook for old time's sake, but that's about it.




  
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Dec 30, 2011 03:59 |  #2

I had no idea you could use those characters in the browser let alone with dns:
http://谷歌.cn




  
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Jan 01, 2012 16:43 |  #3

It's not really a scam; it's a sales pitch. They want you to buy a bunch of TLD variations of the domain name you already have. I got something like that a year or two ago where if I didn't buy the names someone else would and then they'd be much more expensive. I tried to get them to go ahead and register the names (supposedly for me to repurchase at a higher price later) just so they would be out the registration fees, but they wouldn't bite.

I have no desire to own my domain name in all of those Asian TLDs. If someone wants them, they can buy them.


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Jan 03, 2012 01:15 as a reply to  @ AntonLargiader's post |  #4

Anton is right. It isn't illegal but it is certainly an attempt to trick you into buying something you don't need. No one ever actually contacts a company like this and asks to buy a domain.... they just fill in the form, press the button and buy it.


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