Domain Spam Using Fear of Domain Investors as Scare Tactic

I get a lot of spammy emails from people who are trying to sell me things I don’t need. One particular email I get often is from companies who claim that someone is trying to register domain names in Asian ccTLDs that could infringe upon my “trademark” since the registrations are for a domain name I own in .com.

Today’s email is funny because there’s a bit of a twist. This company claims it wants to help me prevent someone from registering similar domain names to a .com I own, specifically because they suspect the person who is supposedly trying to register these domain name is… gasp… a domain investor.

If this was legit, I would probably be happy if someone bought and built a website in an alternate TLD to my .COM.

Dear Sir/ Madam

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

On 15th September. we received a formal application submitted by Mr. John Zhang who wanted to use the keyword “independencemortgages” to register the Internet Brand and with suffix such as .cn / / /.hk /.asia / 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 Zhang 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.

Yours sincerely          2010-9-16
Oversea Marketing Manager
Room 1008,
International Building,
No.38 YueLong road,NanTong City

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. I’m glad to see you post about this, everyone should do the same on blogs and forums. This particular type of scam coming out of China or India has been going on for at least a year or two. While most of us would know better even without a warning, there are many business people that may take it seriously.

    You know, with all the big players in domaining, I don’t understand why there is not a high-profile organization working to educate the public on issues like this? I dislike Godaddy in general, but they have raised awareness about domain names to the general public more than anyone else.

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