Stop the Presses: Scammers Exist on the Internet!

So we started to get some interesting emails at work over the past few weeks.  I’ll reproduce them here.  They’re a laugh riot.

Email #1


 

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. We received an application fromHuayuan Ltd on May 12, 2014. Theywant toregister ” our-domain” as their Internet Keyword and “our-domain” ”our-domain.com.cn” ”our-domain.net.cn” our-domain.org.cn ” domain names etc..,theyarein China domain names. But after checking it, we find”our-domain” conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

Best Regards,

Jim
GeneralManager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 18701994951
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.ygregistryltd.org


We kind of smelled a scam going, so we decided to roll with it.

Reply #1


Hello Jim,

“our-domain.org” is a website for a USA-based school district and is not affiliated with any other similar domain or respective company/organization. In order to avoid confusion, we kindly ask that the “our-domain” keyword not be registered in the capacity in which you described. Thank you in advance for your help and cooperation.

-Dan

Daniel <Lastname>
Technology Specialist, Webmaster
School District of the 🙂


 

We waited, and lo-and-behold, we got a reply.

Email #2


 

Dear Sirs,

Our company based in chinese office, our company has submitted the “our-domain” as CN(.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) domain name and Internet Keyword, we are waiting for Mr. Jim’s approval. We think this name is very important for our products in Chinese market. Even though Mr. Jim advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.


Best regards

Jiang zhihai


We got a little more suspicious, especially after the persistence.  We sent another reply.

Reply #2


 

Hello Jiang,

Can you provide me with a description of the products you sell in the Chinese market, including brochures and the like? In addition, can you provide me with your company profile, including mailing address and telephone number? I’d like to learn more about your business. Thank you kindly.

-Dan

Daniel <Lastname>
Technology Specialist, Webmaster
School District of the 🙂


 

We thought that’d be the end of it.  Instead of leaving us alone after asking for some real information, they instead sent us this email:

Email #3


 

Dear Daniel,

Based on your company having no relationship with them, we have suggested they should choose another name to avoid this conflict but they insist on this name as CN domain names (cn/ com.cn/ net.cn/ org.cn) and internet keyword on the internet. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company.
According to the domain name registration principle: The domain names and internet keyword which applied based on the international principle are opened to companies as well as individuals. Any companies or individuals have rights to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Because your company haven’t registered this name as CN domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration. However, in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner has priority to make this registration in our audit period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these CN domain names (cn/ com.cn/ net.cn/ org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send an application form and the price list to you and help you register these within dispute period.

Kind regards

Jim
GeneralManager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 18701994951
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.ygregistryltd.org


 

And there it is!  Give us some money and we’ll protect your site from people trying to be you on the internet.

Scam: confirmed.

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