Recently while setting up & managing one of my client’s website, the site admin told me that they got mail from department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. If you don’t Know, I offer free WordPress setup service to my clients. If you are interested for the same, you can avail that free installation service by me. Now coming to the point, my client contacted me directly as soon as he received an email from Asian Domain Registration Service in China. The mail title was titled with About ” Company name “. I have attached screenshot for your reference. Mail was sent from Derek Lau <firstname.lastname@example.org>, however I am not interested to disclose my client’s email address and any information.
The email was sent in such a way that it seems quite professional and important. The entire mail was looking like this below.
(Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO, thanks)
Dear Sir or Madam, This is a formal email. We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on March 5, 2014 that a company claimed Mto Life International. were applying to register “
client’s company” as their brand name and some client’s companyAsian countries top-level domain names through our firm.
Now we are handling this registration, and 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 would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for Mto Life International. Looking forward to your prompt reply.
Derek Lau Senior Consultant
Tel:+86 (0)551 634 953 34
Fax:+86 (0)551 634 953 44
Address:Ma An Shan Lu 15 Hefei, China
That mail was sent on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:42 PM Indian Standard Time. As soon as mail received by my client, he contacted me regarding the same. I first look at it and it was also quite enough to make me fool. However I first research about anything and then only proceed further. So I researched about the same online.Meanwhile my client sent and email to that mail address regarding resolution.
From: Client’s name
To: Derek Lau
Date: 2014-03-05, 18:13:09
Subject: RE: About “companyname”
Dear Derek Lau, Thank you for contacting us. We would like to inform you that our company has been registered with
Companynamename since last 4 years and we have never authorized any person or authority to use that name. If you find any person using this name with your domain registration, we would request you to remove that from your database. Please note that it would be strictly copyright issue & we can file a case if the name is used by any other unauthorized companies or personnel. Using companynameas brand name by any one is strictly prohibited without written permission on letter head by us. We are expecting positive feedback from you with reference to this mail. Feel free to let us know your view regarding the same.
Thanks & regards,
Admin, Company URL
After this mail, today he shoot another email to warn my client.
From: Derek Lau
Date: 2014-03-05, 19:34:35
Subject: Re: RE: About “
company” Dear Sir or Madam, Thanks for your confirmation. As soon as receiving the application of that company, we checked and found “ company” is your company’s using name. We are concerned that your name might be affected negatively by their applications, this is why we informed you. Following brand name and domain names are applied by that company:
You know that the domain names registration is open in the world, that company also has the right to apply for the available domain names. you only have the preferential rights to register them. At present, we haven’t passed their application, we need your opinion. If your company consider these names of importance to your company’s business or interest, I suggest that your company register these names first so as to avoid confusion or speculation. Of course, If you don’t want to protect your intellectual property rights, then my suggestion is your company give up these names so that we can finish registering for them as per our duty. Please give me your company’s decision as soon as possible in order to handle this issue better.
My client told me about that mal and his reply regarding that.I researched on internet regarding the same and I found a great website that helps user to prevent such scams and fraud emails.That website was europeandomaincentre.com which is awarded as scamfighter 2013 and also featured on thenextweb for the same.
I also have my conversation with europeandomaincenter.com regarding that mail and here is what I received feedback from them.They have live support features regarding scam emails.
Chat started on 10 Mar 2014, 08:57 AM (GMT+0)
(08:57:40)*** Visitor 46062790 joined the chat ***
(08:57:49) Domain Expert: Hi, if you have received one of these scam emails, then please send it to christopher [at] europeandomaincentre.com. We will add it to our database to warn others. Thanks!
(08:58:08) Visitor 46062790: hellp
(08:58:10) Visitor 46062790: hello
(08:59:24)*** Domain Expert joined the chat ***
(08:59:28) Domain Expert: Hi, how can we help you today? =)
(08:59:37) Visitor 46062790: Derek Lau <email@example.com>
(08:59:48) Visitor 46062790: i got an email from this person regarding registing domain
(08:59:57) Visitor 46062790: i already own .com domain with godaddy
(09:00:11) Visitor 46062790: while i got mail from him to register other extensions also
(09:00:25) Visitor 46062790: they told me another company is applying to register those domains
(09:00:33) Visitor 46062790: is it any scam?
(09:00:59) Domain Expert: yes, it is
(09:01:47) Visitor 46062790: should i register domains from them?
(09:01:51) Visitor 46062790: or ignore it?
(09:02:00) Domain Expert: just ignore, it is a scam
(09:02:25) Visitor 46062790: okay, thanks for your help
(09:02:52) Visitor 46062790: will it affect my brand and organization in any way?
(09:03:36) Domain Expert: no, just ignore them and send us the email so that we can update our database
(09:05:15) Visitor 46062790: is your comany authorized by any government or approved by domain authorities to do same?
(09:05:36) Domain Expert: yes, we are registered with ICANN
(09:05:51) Visitor 46062790: all domain names are registered with ICANN
(09:05:57) Visitor 46062790: i think
(09:06:30) Domain Expert: yes, even all registrars
(09:07:05) Visitor 46062790: thank you for your help, actually I am going to expose that email on my blog and then will forward to you
(09:07:24) Visitor 46062790: i also inform my readers regardign those frauds and also recommend your website for the same
(09:07:31) Domain Expert: sure, good job
(09:07:34) Visitor 46062790: you guys doing very good job
(09:07:40) Visitor 46062790: i appreciate your work
(09:08:00) Domain Expert: Thank You
(09:08:37) Visitor 46062790: where should i send that mail and blog post recommending your company to trust?
(09:15:45) Domain Expert: to christopher[at]europeandomaincentre.com
(09:16:44) Bhavesh: okay
(09:16:51) Domain Expert: Thank You
(09:16:56) Bhavesh: thank you, i would surely mail to that address after finishing my formalities
(09:16:58) Bhavesh: 😀
(09:17:02) Domain Expert: bye
(09:17:08) Bhavesh: have a wonderful day
(09:17:11)*** Domain Expert left the chat ***
(09:54:40)*** Bhavesh left the chat ***
I have also told my client to ignore that mail because I have checked europeandomaincentre.com it was quite informative. It has detailed collection from all such scam email senders as well as all information about such scammers. If you are getting such scam emails, or got such domain name scam email ever, we would recommend you to send it to europeandomaincentre.com to help peoples.