Is another company really trying to register your domain name?
Receiving an email that makes such a claim could cause any business owner’s blood to boil. It could also drive you to act without thinking in order to prevent it from happening. However, if the email with this claim came from China Registry (or a similar name), the only real threat is from the sender of that message.
To help protect our clients and others, we’re putting out this PSA on these Chinese Domain Name Scams.
What’s the Threat?
It might look like a legitimate domain name registry, but it is anything but. This fraudulent site sends out thousands of emails every month to scam business owners into sending money to secure a domain name.
These fake emails will come with a sense of urgency, telling you to act quickly to protect your domain name. A common tactic is to claim that a Chinese company is attempting to register your domain name with the .cn extension. For a fee, the company will prevent this from happening. As you can imagine, the only real service these scammers are providing is the chance to help you slim your wallet.
Responding to these emails will result in exorbitant prices for your own domain name. Along with that, the registry will attempt to sell you a long-term registration of up to 30 years!
What Does the Threat Look Like?
Chinaregistry’s emails come in several forms, all containing a block of text with a similar premise claiming to help protect your domain name from other companies. Examples:
In this email, China Registry attempts to claim that a company contacted them requesting to use a name that conflicts with your company.
In this follow-up email,China Registry attempts to ratchet up the urgency by stating that they are going forward with registering these names for another company.
“Subject: onlinethreatalerts CN domain and keyword
Date: Tue 10/10/2017 11:17
(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)
This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration in China. On Oct 9, 2017, we received an application from Huikai Ltd requested “onlinethreatalerts” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (onlinethreatalerts.cn, onlinethreatalerts.com.cn, onlinethreatalerts.net.cn, onlinethreatalerts.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 is affiliated with this Chinese company or not?
Shawn Zhang | Service & Operations Manager
China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
Tel: +86-02164193517 | Fax: +86-02161918697 | Mob: +86-13816428671
A similar form, this email comes from Shawn Zhang instead of Edward Zhang.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
As tech professionals, we tend to consider ourselves savvy about the various scams out there, valiantly blocking phishing attempts and hacks like superheroes with wireless keyboards and ergonomically correct mousepads. However, it happens to all of us at some point: an email that seems harmless until there are mysterious charges on your account or your virus protection program starts sending out alerts at a frantic pace.
If you’ve received any communication from China Registry, it should not be opened and no financial information should ever be shared. If any of our clients have received these emails or are concerned about similar threats, we encourage you to contact us.
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