China Domain Name Scam

It starts when you receive an e-mail from a Chinese Domain name Registrar advising you that a company is attempting to register a Chinese Domain name with the same name as a Domain name you have registered. They ask you if you know the person attempting to register the domain name as they do not wish to register the domain name to this company without first informing you

They wish to engender a sense of annoyance that someone is trying to misue your "brand" and that you will reply to the Registrar to ask them to refuse to register the domain to the company wishing to register it.

Subsequent e-mails will go to and fro where they state they cannot do that and that the only way you can prevent someone else registering these particular Chinese domain names is by registering them yourself at what you will find are exorbitant prices. It is at this time if not before you should ask yourself whether there is actually a company seeking to register these domain names or whether the Registrar is using these e-mails as a sales pitch to sell domains to someone who would not normally buy them.

This scam has been making the rounds for well over 10 years with different registrars, companies wishing to register the domains matching ones you have already registered and persons who are sending the e-mails. See the Links further down the page for other people's experience of these scams.

This is the correspondence we received and our replies

E-Mail received:

Date: 24/06/2024, 02:00

From: Brian Tang

To: office@newboldcommunitychurch.org.uk

Reply To: brian.tang@asianetwork.org.cn

Subject: newboldcommunitychurch

Dear Manager,

(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks!)

We are a Network Service Company which mainly deal with the domain name registration in Shanghai, China. On June 24, 2024, we received an application from Daoke Holdings Ltd requested “newboldcommunitychurch” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names( newboldcommunitychurch.cn/ newboldcommunitychurch.com.cn/ newboldcommunitychurch.net.cn/ newboldcommunitychurch.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 distributor or business partner in China?


Kind regards


Brian


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Mr.Brian Tang | Services & Operating Manager

No.572 Dongping South Road, Zhangyan, Shanghai 201500,China

T: 0086-1348-281-914 7 | Tel: 0086-21-61-918-696 | Fax: 0086-21-61-918-697

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My reply:

Date: 24/06/2024, 07:08

From: office@newboldcommunitychurch.org.uk

To: brian.tang@asianetwork.org.cn

Subject: Re: newboldcommunitychurch

Dear Brian,

Thank you for your e-mail.

Daoke Holdings Ltd is unknown to us and we cannot understand why a commercial Chinese company would wish to register Chinese domain versions of our domain name newboldcommunitychurch.org.uk which is the website of a UK Church.

Registration of these Chinese domains without good reason could cause potential visitors to our website to be confused and end up on the websites associated with these Chinese domain names.

Please can you decline registration of these domain names and suggest to your contact in Daoke Holdings that they consider registering other domain names not associated with our church?

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Regards
Michael

Address and telephone number details [Redacted]

 

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