March 21, 2019

Be careful for domain name fraud

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Unfortunately this is still too common. So often that we want to warn our existing & future relations once again with this message. Share this within your network, and help others prevent domain fraud.

Sales trick with domain name extensions

Most domain name frauds start with an e-mail, but there are also parties who are brave enough to approach you by telephone. As a business owner, you are approached by telephone or e-mail by a company that is allegedly involved in checking and registering domains. They have seen that you are the owner of, for example, www.companyname.com domain. They want to warn you that another company is trying to register your domain name with a different domain extension. This can be a .COM .EU .EDU etc.

Fortunately, you are dealing with a professional company here and they are willing to give you a few days of decision time. You may then consider whether you want to take over this domain with the relevant domain extension, because you seem to have a "first registration right".

If you indicate that you want to register the .COM, .EU or any extension for five to ten years, this can be arranged quickly. Costs? 30 euros per year, please pay in advance, VAT not included.

Please do not fall for this!

Scam with domain names

The intention of such a scammer is that you pay incredible prices for the domain name extensions still to be reserved that you probably don't need or even want.

Have you recently been approached by a party that supposedly has a "customer" who wants to register your domain name with a different addition? In particular, do not make any payment. Always try to make a report at whatever local organization handles fraudulent internet requests in your country.

Below is an example - courtesy of Gemini Gas Springs Inc. one of our long term customers and expert in the field of high quality industrial gas springs.

(It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)
This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly 
deal with the domain name registration in China. On March 18, 2019, 
we received an application from Kaixing Ltd requested "xxxxxxxxxxxx" 
as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (xxxxxxxxxxxx.cn, 
xxxxxxxxxxxx.com.cn, xxxxxxxxxxxx.net.cn, xxxxxxxxxxxx.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?

Best Regards
***************************************
Robert Liu | Service & Operations Manager
China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
Tel: +86-02164193517 | Fax: +86-02164198327 | Mob: +86-13816428671
Email: robert@chinaregistry.org
Web: www.chinaregistry.org

Seems legit, right? It includes a name, contact details, and some more fancy phrases about privileged and confidential information. You would reply to it soon. And yet you shouldn't do that, ever.

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