Chinese Domain Name Registration Scams

In the middle of December 2012 an individual in China calling himself simply “John” attempted to scare me into registering the .asia, .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn and .org.cn versions of my website’s address using a Chinese Domain Name Scam. The individual responsible is almost certainly one Pan Xiaohong of Shanghai, who failed to convince me to purchase a single thing from him.

Chinese Domain Name Scams

Too Long; Didn’t Read?

    1. It’s a scam
    2. Delete it
    3. There’s no need to register these domain names through your usual registrar
    4. If you ask your usual registrar they will probably use FUD (fear uncertainty and doubt) to encourage you to spend money with them as most registrars are not much better than these scammers

The Long Version…

Here’s an email I received before Christmas from info@ygnetworksit.com:

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 in China. We received an application from BaoYuan Ltd on December 17, 2012. They want to register ” squelchdesign ” as their internet keyword and China/Asia (CN/ASIA) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name 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

John
General Manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.ygnetworkit.com

An odd email; Lots of broken English and things that don’t entirely make sense if you know anything about my company, but then it could be from a legitimate source that simply hasn’t taken the time to find out more about the company. I figured it had to be suspect, but gave them the benefit of the doubt to see where this was heading:

Hello John,

I’m not 100% sure I am understanding your question fully. BaoYuan are in no way associated with Squelch Design, today is the first time I heard the name.

Yes there would be a conflict if they go ahead and register squelchdesign.cn; Squelch Design does not actively operate in China, but is happy to accept custom from all over the world. I believe registering a company in China with the same name would cause brand confusion and erosion and, given that I went to great lengths to find a name that was not already in use, and having invested a great deal of time and money into Search Engine Optimisation, registering a similarly named website would be very poor etiquette. As far as I can tell BaoYuan are in the chemical/packing materials industry, so it strikes me as odd that they would want to register “squelchdesign” as a domain.

Many thanks,
Matt Lowe

Three days later I got a response. Not from John, but from Lin JianFa – supposedly an employee of BaoYuan – yet using the address jianfa.lin@yahoo.cn:

Dear Sirs,

Our company has submitted the “squelchdesign ” as CN/Asia domain name and Internet Keyword, we are waiting for Mr. John’s approval. We think this name is very important for our products in Chinese and Asian market. Even though Mr. John advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

Best regards

Lin JianFa

Immediately I smelt a rat, the style of the speech was absolutely identical to John’s, as was the formatting and with similar incorrect usage of punctuation. I’ve seen this before when I baited a Nigerian 419 scammer a few years back. The fact that this employee of the company was using a Yahoo address was just plain wrong. So far they’d set the scene: They’d heavily implied someone was going to take my company name and start using it, creating brand confusion, but they’d not yet presented a way to get money out of me. So, I carried on playing along:

Lin,

I believe that if you persist in using the name squelchdesign.cn you will only confuse my customers and yours, making it more difficult for my customers to find my website. May I ask what services/business your company would be doing with the name?

Many thanks,
Matt Lowe

That was the last I heard from Lin. John, however, did send me more emails:

Dear Matt ,

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/Asia domain names (.asia and .cn and .com.cn and .net.cn and .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/ASIA 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/ASIA domain names (.asia and .cn and .com.cn and .net.cn and .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

John
General Manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.ygnetworkit.com

Note the good cop/bad cop thing that he has going on with Lin; He’s doing me a favour by telling me they want to encroach on my company’s name.

The guys over at TechRepublic received an incredibly similar email back in 2009. Over at HoaxSlayer other people have reported, pretty much word for word, the exact same emails I have shown here. Even Wikipedia has an article on this scam. But I carried on playing along, curious to see how much he wanted to fleece me for:

Hi John,

How long is the dispute period?

Many thanks,
Matt Lowe

 

Dear Matt ,

The checking time will be over soon, we have not received your reply about the domain name and internet keyword since our last communication. You must know domain name takes open registration, this is international domain name registration principle. So the company has right to register them. As a domain name registrar, we have no right to refuse their application. We aslo suggest this company should change another name but they stick to this name so if your company want to prevent anybody from using these domains, the only way is to register these CN/ASIA domains and internet keyword. In our checking time, your company has first priority to register them. Could you tell us whether your company want to make this application to prevent anybody from using them or not?

Best Regards

John

 

Hi John,

Thanks for the reply. How much would it cost?

Many thanks,
Matt Lowe

And now, the moment of truth:

Dear Matt:

Thanks for your reply. If you would like to protect by yourself and according to our checking progress,
we will send an application blank to you. After you fill in it, you need to send it back to us. When we
received you information we will overrule their application and register for you in one day. And the
registration fee for CN domain is 38.8 USD year, ASIA domain is 36.6 USD per year, internet keyword
is 148 USD per year. If you want to protect yourself, I am very glad to help you. Right now, the checking
is going to the end, please reply in two working days.

Have a nice day .

Best Regards

John

So back in his first email he suggested BaoYuan wanted to register squelchdesign.asia, squelchdesign.cn, squelchdesign.com.cn, squelchdesign.net.cn, squelchdesign.org.cn, and the internet keyword “squelchdesign”. That’s one .asia, four .cn domains, and one Internet keyword. That comes to a total of $339.80 USD or approximately £214. Update 2017: See below, it gets worse!

The moral of the story is if you get an email from China (or anywhere else for that matter) warning you that someone is trying to muscle in on your business’s name, be very careful. Very very careful indeed. Here’s the registration details for the scammer’s company:

pan xiaohong
lichenfang@zjedu.org
tel: 13661529704
fax: 02162961557
shanghaixingqunandanlu
shanghai,shanghai,CN
200010

I’m 99% sure that “John” is a fictitious character and that Pan Xiaohong is in fact the perpetrator. So maybe if you get an email from this John character, maybe try replying with “Hi Pan”, and see what happens? ;) Take care of your businesses guys.


Update 28/08/2013

The comments section below is getting pretty long as more and more people find this blog and send in the emails they received. As such I’m going to try and summarise the information in the comments below.

You might get emails from any of the following companies: YIGUAN, YIGUDNS, YIGUTEK, YGITECH or the domain names www.ygnetworkit.com, www.yiguannetwork.com, www.yigudns.com, www.yigutek.com, www.ygitech.com, www.cnygregistry.net, www.ygregistryltd.net, www.ygasia.org, www.ygcompany.org, pxisp.net or des-registry.org.
They might use one of the following names: John, Jim, Terry Tang, Peter Cheng, James Zhang, Simon Cheng, Gary Zhang, Mika Cao, Lan Du, Lex Ren, Jim Ying, Bill Cheng, Mark Wong or Abby Wang.
They might claim that the company attempting to register the domain is: BaoYuan Ltd, Weisheng company, Weisheng Holdings Ltd, Taisheng Limited, PengCheng Trading Co. Ltd, Huasheng Ltd, Huafeng Ltd or Kenpoco Ltd. Note that some, perhaps even all, of these companies are legitimate Asian companies and the scammers are simply using their names to try and give credibility to their claims.
You might be contacted by someone claiming to be from one of the companies above, usually using a Yahoo or Hotmail email address rather than a legitimate business address: Lin JianFa, Warren Chiou, Darren Chiou or Jiang Zhifa.

If you received an email with slightly different wording or from a different company then please feel free to post it in the comments section below so I can update the blog and we can all stay one step ahead of the scam.


Update 06/10/2017

After I posted this blog I never received any more of these scam emails, probably because my website was coming up in first place in Google for any searches related to “Chinese domain name scams”. I even tried replying on behalf of a few customers who’d received scam emails to see if I could further mess with the scammers, but I guess they did their homework because none of them would reply to me. Until the 19th of September that is, when “Charles Xu” contacted me.

(It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)

We are the domain registration and solution center in China. On Sep 18, 2017, we received an application from Jiatai Ltd requested “squelchdesign” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (squelchdesign.cn, squelchdesign.com.cn, squelchdesign.net.cn, squelchdesign.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your business partner in China?

How could I resist playing their game? It’s been 4 years since I was last contacted and asked to pay the ridiculous sum of £214 for domains I neither wanted nor needed. What would this scam look like in 2017?

Hi Charles,

We have no business dealings with Jiatai Ltd and any registration of a name featuring “squelchdesign” would be an infringement of our trading name.

Charles Good-Cop Xu had set the scene and had a bite. Now it was time for Gareth Bad-Cop Ren to do his part:

To whom it concerns,

We will register the China domain names “squelchdesign.cn” “squelchdesign.com.cn” “squelchdesign.net.cn” “squelchdesign.org.cn” and internet keyword “squelchdesign” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Charles Xu’s approval and think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr. Charles Xu advised us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

Kind regards

Gareth Ren

Oh dear, that sounds terrible. I’d better play the worried webmaster part then:

Hello Gareth,

Registration of any domain name or Internet keywords containing “squelchdesign” would clearly water down our brand and would only cause confusion in the marketplace. We ask that you not make any such registration and instead create your own unique name.

Time once again for the good cop routine. Thank goodness Charles Xu was there to save the day.

Dear Matt Lowe,

We have already advised them to choose another name according to your company that have no relationship with them, but they insist on this name as China domain names (squelchdesign.cn, squelchdesign.com.cn, squelchdesign.net.cn, squelchdesign.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company then register it to promote his company.

As is known to all, domain name registration based on the international principle is opened to company and individual. Any company or individual have the right to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Your company haven’t registered this name as China domains and internet keyword, so anyone is able to obtain them by registration. But in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner have priority to register China domain name and internet keyword during our dispute period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (squelchdesign.cn, squelchdesign.com.cn, squelchdesign.net.cn, squelchdesign.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domains and internet keyword during our dispute period.

And now I just need to play my final part to get to the end-game, finding out their exorbitant prices:

Hi Charles,

We are indeed the original name owner and cannot have anyone infringing on our name. Please send over the application form.

And what a nice chap, he sent me his price list.

So to register all of the names and keywords that “Charles” suggests would set us back USD $1,476 which is roughly equivalent to £1,124 for registrations that we in no way need. This scam is getting more vicious, the total amount they want to rip people off by has grown from £214 to £1,124 – nearly a thousand pounds in 4 short years…

Don’t fall prey to these scammers! Delete and forget their emails, don’t pay them a penny.


Update 13/10/2017

They’re busy at the moment, I’ve had another one! This time from “TOI IT Service Center”, China Registry (Head Office) || No. 8-8018, Peace Building, Jinghu District, Wuhu City, China. Tel: 0086 5538 366231 || Fax: 0086 5538 366231.

Dear Sir/Madam

About the “squelchdesign”, we have some thing to comfirm with you! We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names, on October 11, 2017, we received an application named “Derlery Company” and they apply to register squelchdesign as their brand name and some top-level asian domain names. But we found the main body of domain names is same as yours. We are not sure about the relationship between you and them.

As the registrar, 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. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Derlery Company” Looking forward to your prompt reply.

(Please kindly foward this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)

Best Regards,

Owen Chen

Senior Adviser Manager

 

Hello Owen,

We have no dealings with Derlery Company and any attempt to register our trading name in China would have a considerable negative impact on our brand.

 

Dear Matt Lowe,

Thanks for your confirmation. As soon as receiving the application of “Derlery Company”, we checked and found “squelchdesign” is your company’s using name and brand. We are concerned that your brand name might be affected negatively by their applications, this is why we informed you. Following Network Brand and domain names are applied by “Derlery Company”:
Net Brand: squelchdesign
Domain Names:
“squelchdesign.cn
squelchdesign.com.cn
squelchdesign.net.cn
squelchdesign.org.cn
squelchdesign.cn.com
squelchdesign.asia
squelchdesign.in
squelchdesign.co.in
squelchdesign.hk
squelchdesign.com.hk
squelchdesign.tw
squelchdesign.com.tw
squelchdesign.中国

You know that the domain names registration is open in the world, “Derlery Company” also has the right to apply for the available domain names, but you have the preferential rights to register them. We also are not very clear about why the company wants to register these domain names, but according to our work experience, if they finish the registration, in internet, your customers must be confused and this registration will bring lots of competition to your company to impact your business soon.

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 and interest, I suggest your company to 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 you can 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.

Have a nice day.
Best Regards,

Owen Chen
Senior Adviser Manager

 

Hi Owen,

Thanks for informing me, I wouldn’t want my customers being confused by this registration. How do I go about registering these domain names?

 

Dear Matt Lowe,

Thanks for your confirmation, Of course, I can assure you that the best way for you to protect your business is to register these domains under your name, because after you finish the registration, you will become the exclusive owner of them! We, as the China local registrar, if you need to register those domains, we can help you.
Following is the procedure, you can do follow these:
1.You fill in the Registration Contract it via email(scanned) or fax.
2.We will send the Invoice signed & stamped to you, In the meantime We will formally submit the application to register for you and put on records according to you signed Registration Contract.
3.You transfer the payment to us according to the Bank information on the Invoice within 5 workdays and fax the payment proof to us.
4.You will be awarded the certificates of Domains after 10 workdays.

Attached the Registration Contract, pls check. About the detailed price, pls refer to the contract.
If no question, please fill the contract and return to us ASAP, we will help you register these domain names as per the information which you will fill in the contract,thanks for your cooperation.

Have a nice day.
Best Regards,

Owen Chen
Senior Adviser Manager

 

And the moment of truth:

That works out at a minimum cost of €3,315 … or about £2,980.

Jan 2013: £214 requested
Sept 2017: £1,124 requested
Oct 2017: £2,980 requested

Ignore, delete, and keep your money in your bank where it belongs.

About Matt Lowe

Matt Lowe is a WordPress web designer / developer based in Newbury, Berkshire. After 8 years of doing the nine-to-five for other companies and watching them make the same mistakes over and over he set out in business on his own, forming Squelch Design to help businesses get online and make money.

1,201 comments on “Chinese Domain Name Registration Scams

  1. Matt,

    Here’s the email I got.

    Wednesday 26, 2016
    Jim Ying
    Subject: Notice for “keepemcrawling”

    Dear CEO,
    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Hualong Ltd on October 24, 2016. They want to register ” keepemcrawling ” as their Internet Keyword and ” keepemcrawling .cn “、” keepemcrawling .com.cn ” 、” keepemcrawling .net.cn “、” keepemcrawling .org.cn ” 、” keepemcrawling .asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” keepemcrawling ” 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 | Service Manager
    Asia YG Network (Head Office)
    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823
    Web: www . asiaygnetworks . org

    Thanks for all your help in keeping us safe from scammers.
    Michael V.

  2. Got this from ‘joe’ today. I especially liked the environmentally friendly message at the end – in green font with the first P extra large, Nice touch, actually made me laugh.

     
    (Please forward this to your CEO or President, because this is urgent. )

    Dear President & CEO,

    This email is from China IPR Office, which mainly deal with International IPR. We received an application from ZJ Industries Ltd. They want to register “mister o’s domain name” as their International Trademark and some Domain(.asia/.cn/.com.cn/.hk/.com.hk/.tw).
     
    We checked and found the keyword is your company’s registered trademark and are using. But have not yet registered International Trademark. According to The international Intellectual Property Law, International Trademark registration publicity period, the original keyword owner, interested parties may raised dispute and objections. Do you have a dispute and objection about this registration. If not, then we can finish registering for them as per our duty. If you have a dispute and objection. Please contact us by telephone or email within 7 workdays, so we can better handle the issue.

    Joe Ren
     
    Auditing Department/Manager
    China IPR/China Intellectual Property Office
    Add:3/F,1st Building ZongFu Street No.47,Jinjiang District, ChengDu, China.
    Tel: (+86) 28 8777 5008|Fax: (+86) 28 6246 5008|Web: http://www.cn-nic.asia

    P Please consider the environment before you print this e-mail.

  3. Dear Ian Shipley,

    We have already advised them to choose another name according to your company that have no relationship with them, but they insist on this name as China domain names (jhminibreaks.cn, jhminibreaks.com.cn, jhminibreaks.net.cn, jhminibreaks.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company then register it to promote his company.

    As is known to all, domain name registration based on the international principle is opened to company and individual. Any company or individual have the right to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Your company haven’t registered this name as China domains and internet keyword, so anyone is able to obtain them by registration. But in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner have priority to register China domain name and internet keyword during our review period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (jhminibreaks.cn, jhminibreaks.com.cn, jhminibreaks.net.cn, jhminibreaks.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domains and internet keyword during our review period.

    Best Regards,
    Edward Liu | Service & Operations Manager
    Asia Registry (Head Office) | 3005, Jinxuan Building, No. 238 Nandan Road, Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671
    Email: edward@asiaregistry.org
    Web: www . asiaregistry . org

    This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in

    Dear Ian Shipley,
    Hope this email finds you well.
    The review period will be over soon but we have not heard from you since our last comunication. Anyone can obtain CN domains (jhminibreaks.cn, jhminibreaks.com.cn, jhminibreaks.net.cn, jhminibreaks.org.cn) and internet keyword by registration because your company haven’t registered this name as CN domains and internet keyword on the internet. You must know the domain names and internet keyword based on the international principle are opened to company as well as individual. Also, we have suggested they should choose another name but they insist on this name. As a domain name registrar, we have no rights to refuse their application if they insist. In this situation, we have told your company have priority to register China domain name and internet keyword during our review period. Could you tell us whether or not your company want to register these CN domain names and internet keyword to prevent anyone from using them?
    Kind regards
    Edward Liu

    31/10/2016 0930hrs

    I’ve asked my friend Edward how much………… next instalment to follow soon.

    • I’ve just noticed the telephone number in the e mail in the previous post to mine are the same. However, it
      would appear that Asia Registry (Head Office) and CN Web registry are the same place….Ooops??

  4. I have recieved the same 2016 email for my website . Your article was really useful and opened my eyes a lot

    • Yes we also got scammed by the following email:

      From: Joe Lee
      Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 12:13 PM
      To:
      Subject:
      (Letter to CEO or General Manager),
      This is a letter to confirm the registration of your company name **************, please read it carefully. We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, our center received an application from XDKS International Ltd applying to register as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). After our careful investigation, We found the main body of domain names is same as yours. As a professional registrar, We are obligated to inform you of this situation.
      We are handling the application and we need to confirm whether or not you authorize them to register them? Let me know your answer ASAP so as to solve this promptly. Thanks for your cooperation.
      Best Regards,
      Joe Lee
      Tel:0086-551 634 911 91
      Fax:0086-551 634 911 92
      Tuogui Building, No.777, Ningguo South Road, Hefei, China

    • Thank you for this article! I also received the same email for my website – just today (Dec 28, 2016). I will just ignore the email then:

      ——– Forwarded Message ——–
      Subject: ***** CN domain and keyword
      Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:17:09 +0800
      From: Daniel Xu
      Reply-To: daniel@chinaregistry.cn
      To:

      (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

      We are the domain registration and solution center in China. On Dec 26, 2016, we received an application from Baokai Ltd requested “coast” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (*****.cn, *****.com.cn, *****.net.cn, *****.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether your company have association with this Chinese company or not?

      Best Regards,

      Daniel Xu | Service & Operations Manager

      China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
      Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671
      Email: daniel@chinaregistry.cn
      Web: www . chinaregistry . cn

      This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.

    • Same scam
      First email
      Dear CEO,

      (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

      We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
      We received an application from Huayi Ltd on January 6, 2017. They want to register ” goodfellowviolins ” as their Internet Keyword and ” goodfellowviolins .cn “、” goodfellowviolins .com.cn ” 、” goodfellowviolins .net.cn “、” goodfellowviolins .org.cn ” 、” goodfellowviolins .asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” goodfellowviolins ” 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 | Service Manager

      CN Web Registry (Head Office)

      8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China

      Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823
      Web: www . cn-registry . net

      Second email from company

      Dear Sirs,

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

      Best regards

      Lin jianhai

      I searched the internet and found this blog. These emails did cause me concern and after reading this blog sent the following
      Email to both parties
      To whom it may concern

      Be advised that your scam has been forwarded to the authorities here in Australia and details published on several sites that follow your deception.

      Have a nice day!

      And of course
      All has gone quiet!

    • I got a similar email today, with a different name and address but the same telephone number and fax number:

      Dear sir or madam,

      We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Lvys Holdings ltd and they apply to register **************** as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

      We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don’t authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

      Best regards,

      Eric Wu
      Tel:+86-(0)5516 3491 191
      Fax:+86-(0)5516 3491 192
      Address:No.518,Huangshan Road,Hefei City,China

  5. Dear friend, I have recieved the same 2016 email for my website . Your article was really useful
    Here are the dates from who send the email.

    Jim | Service Manager

    CN Web Registry (Head Office)

    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China

    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823

    Web: www . cnwebregistry . org . cn

  6. This is the one I have received, I don’t bother to answer, I know it’s a scam.

    Dear CEO,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Hualong Ltd on October 24, 2016. They want to register ” bicycleart ” as their Internet Keyword and ” bicycleart .cn “、” bicycleart .com.cn ” 、” bicycleart .net.cn “、” bicycleart .org.cn ” 、” bicycleart .asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” bicycleart ” 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 | Service Manager

    CN Web Registry (Head Office)

    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China

    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823

    Web: www . webregistry . cn

  7. I have received a very similar email today.
    (For privacy I replaced my company name)

    Dear CEO,
    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Huayi Ltd on October 24, 2016. They want to register ” MyCompanyName ” as their Internet Keyword and ” MyCompanyName .cn “、” MyCompanyName .com.cn ” 、” MyCompanyName .net.cn “、” MyCompanyName .org.cn ” 、” MyCompanyName .asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” MyCompanyName ” 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 | Service Manager
    CN Web Registry (Head Office)
    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823
    Web: www . cn-registry . org

  8. Copy and paste the email which we received last week from the scammers:

    From: Jim Bing [mailto:jim.bing@cnwebregistry.net]
    Sent: Friday, 4 November, 2016 1:39 PM

    Dear CEO,
    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Hualong Ltd on October 31, 2016. They want to register ” hsautofurnishing ” as their Internet Keyword and ” hsautofurnishing .cn “、” hsautofurnishing .com.cn ” 、” hsautofurnishing .net.cn “、” hsautofurnishing .org.cn ” 、” hsautofurnishing .asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” hsautofurnishing ” 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 | Service Manager
    CN Web Registry (Head Office)
    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823
    Web: www . cnwebregistry . net
    ___________________________________________________________________

    We replied on the same day the following:

    Dear Jim,

    They are not our distributor or business partner in China.

    Thank you.
    ___________________________________________________________________

    Received this today, and did a internet search and found this article:

    From: Lin jianhai [mailto:lin_jianhai@vip.163.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 3:55 PM

    Dear Sirs,
    Our company based in chinese office, our company has submitted the ” hsautofurnishing ” as CN/ASIA(.asia/.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) domain name and Internet Keyword, we are waiting for Mr. Jim’s approval. We think these names are very important for our business in Chinese and Asia market. Even though Mr. Jim advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
    Best regards
    Lin jianhai
    ___________________________________________________________________

    Glad we found this article, and hope nobody fall for the scam!

  9. Just received below email last night… I don’t plan on responding at all

    Dear CEO,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Huayi Ltd on November 6, 2016. They want to register ” k9techniques ” as their Internet Keyword and ” k9techniques .cn “、” k9techniques .com.cn ” 、” k9techniques .net.cn “、” k9techniques .org.cn ” 、” k9techniques .asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” k9techniques ” 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 | Service Manager

    CN Web Registry (Head Office)

    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China

    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823

    Web: www . cn-registry . net

  10. Just one day after, we received the email from Jim again, refer to email details as follows:

    From: Jim [mailto:jim.wang@cnwebregistry.net]
    Sent: Thursday, 10 November, 2016 11:35 AM

    Dear CEO ,

    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&ASIA domain names and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company.
    You must know domain name takes open registration, this is domain name registration principle. 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&ASIA domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration.
    As a domain name registrar, we have no right to dispute their application. However, in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner will get the 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&ASIA domain names (.asia, .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. If not, you can give up and we will finish their registration.

    Kind regards
    Jim | Service Manager
    CN Web Registry (Head Office)

    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823
    Web: www . cnwebregistry . com
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    It is very much similar to the technique used in this email, just that there is a different set of name and contact used.
    Hope this helps!

  11. Dear Mr./Ms.,
    We are a service agency for registering domain names. Today, our center received an application from AVRISS Global Limited. They apply to register cityofdonna as their brand name and some top-level domain names. We found the main body of domain names is same as your used name. We are not sure about the relationship between you and this company.
    Now, we are processing this application. We need to confirm whether this company is authorized by your company. Please let me know as soon as possible in order that we can deal with this problem timely. We await your prompt reply.
    Best Regards
    Jacob Tang
    Tel:0086-551 634 911 91
    Fax:0086-551 634 911 92
    Tuogui Building, No.777, Ningguo South Road, Hefei, China

  12. Hey as others have mentioned, I too have received a variation of the same email kind of copied and pasted together from what I read of your post. He is obviously making money by doing this, because if not then surely he would have given up by now.

    Anyway’s now that I can confirm it is a scam… time to have some fun with him.

  13. I just received a similar email below..

    From: Joe Lee
    Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:11:44 AM

    Dear CEO or General Manager,

    This is a letter to confirm the registration of your company name sweetshotminis, please read it carefully. We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, our center received an application from CHAST International Ltd applying to register sweetshotminis as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). After our careful investigation, We found the main body of domain names is same as yours. As a professional registrar, We are obligated to inform you of this situation.

    We are handling the application and we need to confirm whether or not you authorize them to register them? Let me know your answer ASAP so as to solve this promptly. Thanks for your cooperation.

    Best Regards,
    Joe Lee
    Tel:0086-551 634 911 91
    Fax:0086-551 634 911 92
    Tuogui Building, No.777, Ningguo South Road, Hefei, China

  14. QT Online Services, Ltd
    qosl . org . cn
    qtos . org . cn
    Phone+86.0739 526 6069
    Hunan Office:56 BaYi Road Shaoyang 422000 China

  15. Update !
    thankyou.


    Dear CEO,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Huayi Ltd on November 14, 2016. They want to register ” ***” as their Internet Keyword and ” ***.cn “、”***.com.cn ” 、” ***.net.cn “、” ***.org.cn ” 、” ***.asia ” domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” ***” 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 | Service Manager

    CN Web Registry (Head Office)

    8006, Xinlong Building, No. 415 WuBao Road, Shanghai 201105, China

    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823

    Web: www . cnwebregistry . org . cn

  16. Got this this morning from a ‘Max Dong’. max@comip.org.cn

    Dear Manager,

    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company name latexfashion, please read it carefully.

    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from CanPon Company and they apply to register latexfashion as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don’t authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

  17. Dear Manager,

    This email is from China domain name registration center, Today, We received a formal application from “GuangZhou Nicholas Import & Export Co.,Ltd.” ” They want to register “awardpublications” as its Network Brand and the following domain names (.asia/.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn/.hk/.com.tw/.tw)

    But after checking it, We found the name is same as your used name. 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.

    Please contact us in time in order tsolve this promptly.

    Best Regards,

    Justin Yang/杨全兴

    Auditing Department.

    Registration Department Manager

    4/F,No.9 XingHui West Street,

    JinNiu ChenDu, China

    Tell: +86 28 8768 0633

  18. I just received one of these, more or less the same email but from Cole Tian stating that HERFENG Holdings Ltd wanted my [mylastname]consulting name (pretty specific for a company brand name!) At least they’ve gotten smart enough to sign a first and last name instead of just “John”… It looked like a scam, but I wanted to confirm.. Thanks!

  19. I just received an email from a: Don Lu , Service & Operations Manager China Registry (Head Office) this weekend. I responded once, but the second email sounded “scammy”.

    His first email:

    On Nov 24, 2016, at 10:35 PM, Don Lu wrote:
    Dear Manager,
    This is a confirmation letter regarding registration of your company name queenbchronicles, please read it carefully.
    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from CanPon Company and they apply to register queenbchronicles as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.
    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don’t authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.
    Best regards,
    Don Lu | Service & Operations Manager

    My response:

    Good morning Don,

    Thank you for reaching out to me. I have NO affiliations with other companies. I have NOT authorized the use of my QueenBChronicles brand, or website. My company is QueenBChronicles, LLC. I am the sole proprietor of this company.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

    Veronica Lopez
    Founder/CEO
    QueenBChronicles, LLC

    His second response:

    Dear Veronica Lopez,

    Thanks for your confirmation. As soon as receiving the application of CanPon Company, we checked and found “queenbchronicles” is your company’s using name and brand. We are concerned that your brand name might be affected negatively by their applications, this is why we informed you. following Brand Name and domain names are applied by CanPon Company:

    Brand Name:queenbchronicles
    Domain Names:
    “queenbchronicles.asia
    queenbchronicles.cn
    queenbchronicles.cn.com
    queenbchronicles.com.cn
    queenbchronicles.com.hk
    queenbchronicles.com.tw
    queenbchronicles.hk
    queenbchronicles.in
    queenbchronicles.net.cn
    queenbchronicles.org.cn
    queenbchronicles.tw
    queenbchronicles.中国
    queenbchronicles.co.in”

    You know that the domain names registration is open in the world, CanPon Company also has the right to apply for the available domain names. you only have the preferential rights to register them.We also are not very clear about why the company wants to register these domain names, but according to our work experience, either they just invest these domain names. Just like a company named Beijing national network information LLC registered google.cn & google.com.cn in 2005, and then they made lots of return from these two domain names. (Google Company failed to make a arbitration and paid 1 million USD dollars to redeem the two domain names.) Or they are just your trade, and confuse your clients to make profit.

    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.
    have a nice day.

    Best Regards,

    Don Lu | Service & Operations Manager

    I did a search on URL scam from china, and I ran into this blog. I decided to post this in case others are still getting it!

    Thank you for posting this!!!

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