Chinese domain name registration invitation
An email being sent to the business and not for profit clients of New Zealand lawyers could end up with the recipient paying for unnecessary domain name "protection".
The unsolicited email often contains the first line "(It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)". The name used for the sender of the email varies.
It purports to be from a "Network Service Company" which is the domain name registration centre in a Chinese city. The "helpful" writer says that a company (which never seems to come up in a Google search) is planning to register domain names containing the recipient organisation's name.
The recipient is offered the opportunity to get in first and register their domain names. Information from people and organisations which have been drawn into the scheme indicates that registration is extremely costly - and totally unnecessary.
From: Alan Liu <email@example.com><firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [Organisation name] CN domain and keyword
(It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)
We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On March 20, 2017, we received an application from Baokun Ltd requested "[name of organisation]" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names ([name].cn, [name].com.cn, [name].net.cn, [name].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 connection with this Chinese company or not?
Alan Liu | 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