[German]I'll add this topic here in the blog, maybe some potential victim soul will read this before the money flows. For years I have been receiving emails from a Chinese organization named chinanameregistry. They write, a company is trying to register my domain borncity in China and would like me to contact them if I have business connections there. The whole thing is a domain name scam and has only one purpose: to rip off gullible domain owners.
Mail from the China man
The mails are always quite short and in a friendly style, so everything look quite serious at first sight. Here is the last mail I found in my inbox these days.
Dear Mike Zhang asks me to forward the following e-mail to my CEO immediately, as it is very urgent. You might get a bit suspicious when you read the passage "If this email concerns you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thank you very much". I have never heard of a person receiving a request to ignore an e-mail. Here is the text of some mail.
(It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. 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 Hai Tong Ltd on April 25, 2022. They want to register " borncity " as their Internet Keyword and " borncity .cn "、" borncity .com.cn " 、" borncity .net.cn "、" borncity .org.cn " domain names, they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find " borncity " 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?
Mike Zhang | Service Manager
China Name Registry (Head Office)
No. 300, Xuanhua Road, Changning District, Shanghai200050, China
Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823
So the good China man claims that a Chinese company wants to register the name borncity used by me as domains in the top-level domain .cn. As long as there is no attempt to take over my domains borncity.de and borncity.com, I don't care. Personally, I don't plan to register any more top level domains for borncity. But companies with protected names might be more interested in not having their names appear in domains held by other people/companies. This is especially true when companies do business in China.
It's all a scam
So far I have deleted the mails – I seem to remember that I wrote back once that I don't care what they do with borncity in China and was rather wondering how they pronounce the R in this name. When the above mail arrived in my inbox again, I spontaneously tried a short search for chinanameregistry and found it.
In this article, someone warns companies against this fraudulent approach. The goal of these mails is to grab a domain registration from the victim at an increased price. The scam has been running for many years, there is even an entry Domain name scams in the English Wikipedia.
But somehow the scammers still seem to be successful, otherwise the mails would not exist. One should ignore the mails and also not answer. To protect your business interests, you can register your domain name with a local registrar for different top-level domains (.de, .at, .ch, .eu, .org, .com).
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