Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

Beware of Chinese Domain Scams

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Don’t Let Yourself Be Victimized!

Since we all have heard of Internet scams to steal identities, credit card numbers, bank accounts information, etc. We are publishing this hoping it will help and protect people from being taken advantage by scammers.

In the past weeks we received an email stating the following:

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In the email received, they request to forward it to the CEO with a sense of urgency, and they want you to rapidly react to a supposed third party’s plan to register a list of available domain names in CHINA, infringing your companies’ trademark rights. The third party could email you to tell about their plan as well. The email usually comes from someone else with a hotmail or gmail address, ours came from a Gareth Jian /garethjian@gmail.com

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If you fall for this “offer” you´ll end up paying premium prices for your very own domain name and they will even sell you a “Brand protection product” invented for the circumstance.

The email we received

The unsolicited email we received came from a Mr. Edward Zhang General Manager of   Chinese domain www.chinaregistry.org.cn

In the email they explain that a supposed company is interested in YOUR NAME, in this case our name, that happens to be available in China. In a few days they claim, the other party will register these domains, unless you secure them first. The domain registrar www.chinaregistry.org.cn will send you an email from the interested third party (it came from a gmail address) claiming that they want and will register our/your domain name, and they are only waiting for approval from Edward Zhang. Eventually you´ll get (we did) a list of our domain name (theyucatantimes.org.cn, theyucatantimes.cn, theyucatantimes.tw etc…) but no prices. Prices eventually come in another email and are extremely high if you fall for it. As we searched for the information and made phone calls to companies we found on the internet that fell for this scam, one of them explained to us they paid over $2,000 British Pounds for the registrations of their domain name and some invented “brand protection” product.

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Conclusion

If you receive an email from a China Domain Name Registration Center or a similar domain name registrar claiming that someone is about to register your rightful domain names it is 100% FALSEIf you reply, they will offer you the domain names at premium prices but furthermore they will try to sell you long term registrations (up to 30 years) plus that made-up brand protection product for your brand in China.

This scam has been occurring for several months now. In reality they are trying to resell you, your own domain name with Chinese/Asia extensions and unless you intend to do business in Asia or China, there is NO reason to have a domain name outside of your U.S. Mexico domain name (.com, .net, .org .mx etc.)

Please beware and share with your friends so you do not become a victim of this scam!

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Image: www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com

 

Here is a part of a list we found in http://www.europeandomaincentre.com 

Company names involved in this non ethical practice:

Yugu Network (yugunetwork.com)
DT Data Technology (datatech.org.cn)
HK Top Level Domain Creating Limited (hkcreating.hk)
PT Information Services (pt-is.cn)
Nat Global Services Ltd. (natgs.org)
A&P (aps.cn.com)
TBS (tbs-net.cn)
AP Authentication (www.ap-cc.cn)
PT Information Services (www.pt-is.cn, pt-is.org)
Asia Registry (asiaregistry.org.cn)
DHS Web International (dhs-web.org)
Asian Domain Registration Institution (now.cn)
DN Net Property (dn-ltd.org)
YI GUAN (ygnetworks.org)
YIGUDNS (www.yigudns.com)
NTI Concept Service (ntics.org.cn)
Asian DNS Co. Ltd. (asian-dns.com)
Public DNS Data Center (pdnsdata.org)
China Intellectual Property Office (cn-ipr.asia)
Tika Management Registry Center (tika-global.com)
CN Intellectual Property Office (cn-ipr.asia, cn-ipr.net)
XS Solutions (asiandomaincentre.org)
IGN Domains (igndomains.co.uk)
D&H (dhservices.cn)

Contact persons’ names and contact details used.

Edward Zhang, Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: edward.zhang@chinaregistry.org.cn
Steve Luo, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: steve.luo@yiginetwork.com
Aaron Zhang, Tel: 86 551 634 911 91 Fax: 86 551 634 911 92 Email: a.zhang@dtdata.org.cn
Vincent Liu, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: vincent.liu@yugudns.com
Michael Hon, Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: Michael@tbs-ca.com.cn
Kevin Lu, Senior Consultant Manager Tel: +86-21-6191-8696 Fax:+86-21-6191-8697 Email: kevin@cnygregistry.org.cn
Scott Wang, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: scott.wang@yugunetwork.com
Alger Miao, Senior Adviser Tel:(0086) 0551-63491191 Fax:(0086) 0551-63491192 Email: alger.m@dturl.org.cn
May Dong, Senior Consultant Manager Tel: +865538366231 Fax: +865538366231 Email: md@dregist.org
Bob Wong, Senior Consultant Manager Tel: +865538366231 Fax: +865538366231 Email: b@nsu.asia, bob@nos.org.cn
Rex Zhang, Tel: 86 551 634 911 91 Fax: 86 551 634 911 92 Email: rexz@datatech.org.cn
Frank Luo, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: frank.luo@yiginetwork.com
Nicole Zhang, Manager of Auditing Department Tel: +852 3 050 67 65 Fax: +852 3 069 74 09 Email: nicole@tldservice.org
Andrea Lee, Registration Department Tel: (+86) 739-5266069 Fax:(+86) 739-5266069 Email: andrea@pt-is.cn
Albert Lee, Registration Department Tel: (+86) 739-5266069 Fax:(+86) 739-5266069 Email: albert.lee@pt-info.cn
Nathan Wang, Manager Tel: +86-21-6191-8696 Fax:+86-21-6191-8697 Email: nathan@chinaygregistry.com
Richard Chan, Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: richard@tbs-int.cn, richard@ap-ser.cn, richard@dtweb.org.cn
Tito Hon, Tel:(0086) 0551-63491191 Fax:(0086) 0551-63491192 Email: tito@ap-ac.cn, tito@ap-ser.cn
Greg Lin, Senior Consultant Manager, Tel: +865538366231 Fax: +865538366231 Email: gl@ncon.net.cn, greg@nsu.asia, g.l@nconsult.cn
Bill Chan, Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: bill@tbs-int.cn
Bengj Miao, Senior Adviser Tel:(0086) 0551-63491191 Fax:(0086) 0551-63491192 Email: beng@aps.cn.com, bengj@tbs-ca.com.cn
Jim Dong, Senior Adviser Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: jdong@tbs-net.cn, jim@tbs-net.cn, jim@ap-ser.cn, jdong@dtit.org.cn
Kevin Dong, Senior Adviser Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: kevin@tbs-ic.cn, kevin@ap-ser.cn, kdong@tbs-net.cn, kevin@ap-ac.cn, kevin@ap-as.com.cn

 

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Jul 27th 2015

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  1. Tracy Ridge says:

    I received a similar one.

    Dear sir or madam,

    We are an agency engaging in registering Brand Name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from Lillian Na company and they apply to register worldoweb as their Brand Name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don’t authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

    Best Regards
    Mike Hon
    Tel: +86.551.63491191
    Fax: +86.551.63491192
    Address:689 Huizhou Road, Hefei, Anhui, China 23001

  2. Suzann Henson says:

    Please add the following to your list of people that this email comes from.
    Tony Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    6012, Qilai Building, No. 889 Yishan Road,
    Shanghai 200233, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn
    tony.liu@chinaregistry.org.cn

  3. N-D says:

    Got the mails from Stefan Liu / Gareth Ren / Stefan Liu.

    Just adding this comment to confirm that I got exactly the same wording a stated above. Going to ignore it from now on. Thankt you very much for having published this scam!

  4. Lena Nichols says:

    Extremely grateful to have read this. We just got the email this week in relation to Merida Music Festival from:

    Francis Liu
    General Manager
    YAGADNS (Headquarters)
    3005, Jinxuan Building, No. 238 Nandan Road,
    Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yagadns.com
    Email: francis.liu@yagadns.com

    The follow-up came from garethren@gmail.com / Gareth Ren.

  5. Arne says:

    On 12 May we also received a message claiming that Kede Holdings Ltd us trying to register OUR domain. Be carefull ….

  6. Antonio Lista says:

    Justa received such a mail from
    hina Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
    Many thanks for this well documented info.
    Muchas gracias amigos del Yucatán por vuestro trabajo!
    AL

  7. Graham says:

    The following contact details were used in our case:

    Karen Xu | 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
    Email: karen@chinaregistry.org.cn
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn

    Company quoted as buying the domains was “Kekai Holdings Ltd”

  8. Laura says:

    in my case this is the contact details used:
    Robert Liu
    Senior Manager

    China Registrar Headquarters
    http://www.chinaregistrar.org
    8008, Tianan Building, No. 1399 Jinqiao Road,
    Shanghai 200120, China
    0086-21-6191-8696(Tel)
    0086-1377-4400-340( Mobi)
    0086-21-6191-8697(Fax)

  9. Gabi R. says:

    Good aftermoon,

    Ian Liu

    send this message:

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On August 2, 2017, we received an application from Jiarui Ltd requested “[…]” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names ([…].cn, […]com.cn, […].net.cn, [..].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 affiliation with this Chinese company or not?

    Best Regards,

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    ———-

    This is his signature? Realy?
    I hope you will block this persons.

    Thannk you for revealing this scam.
    BR,

  10. Gabi R. says:

    According previous messaje, let me you notify that our website was already attemt to hack by someone from China, State: Jiangsu, City: Suzhou.

    Hack attempt files:
    /fckeditor//editor/filemanager/browser/default/connectors/php/connector.php?Command=GetFolders&Type=File&CurrentFolder=%2F
    and
    /fckeditor//editor/filemanager/connectors/php/connector.php?Command=GetFolders&Type=File&CurrentFolder=%2F

    So, they do not try to get data only with infraction of faith, but with hacking, too.

  11. Janice Petro says:

    I got mine August 8, 2017!!!
    Dear Manager,
    XXXXX name application for registration confirmation, please read the following letter:

    We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an application from TOVEN TRADEN CO and they apply to register XXXXX as their brand name and some top-level domain names(.CN .HK etc). We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them. Please tell me whether or not your company authorizes them to register names.

    We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don’t authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

    Best regards,
    Perry Yu | Service & Operations Manager
    Tel:+0086-5538-366231 || Fax:+0086-5538-366231

    This e-mail are confidential and may contain information that is exempt from disclosure by law and subject to copyright.
     please consider the environment before printing this e-mail

  12. Vlentino says:

    Hey everyone! Another variation:
    Received on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    Company that wanted to register my domain: TraeMen Trade Co
    Contact details:
    Bella Xu | Service & Operations Manager
    Tel:+0086-5538-366231 || Fax:+0086-5538-366231

  13. Another variation says:

    Farrah Wan | Service & Operations Manager

    Tel:+0086-5538-366231 || Fax:+0086-5538-366231

  14. daniel says:

    https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/chinaregistry.net.cn#comment-90525115

    ——- Forwarded message ——-
    From: “Daniel Liu”
    To: contact@oceandiverco.com
    Cc:
    Subject: oceandiverco CN domain and keyword
    Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:20:50 +0430

    (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 August 14, 2017, we received an application from Jiaxun Ltd requested “DOMAIN NAME” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (DOMAINNAME.cn, DOMAINNAME.com.cn, DOMAINNAME.net.cn, DOMAINNAME.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,
    Daniel Liu | 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
    Email: daniel@chinaregistry.net.cn
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.net.cn
    This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using

  15. soporte@reinslc.com says:

    recibi esto por favor incluir ese otro contacto

    El 18 ago. 2017 07:42, “Charles Xu” escribió:
    (It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)

    We are the domain registration and solution center in China. On August 14, 2017, we received an application from Jiaxun Ltd requested “reinslc” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (reinslc.cn, reinslc.com.cn, reinslc.net.cn, reinslc.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 association with this Chinese company or not?

    Best Regards,
    Charles Xu | 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
    Email: charles@chinaregistry.org.cn
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn

  16. Mary says:

    We also received a message like this in our company.
    Thanks for sharing, it was very helpful for me.
    I leave here the entire email:
    “Fra: Lee/Vince
    Emne: ******
    Dato: 8. september 2017 kl. 12.26.23 CEST
    Til: *******

    Dear CEO/Principal,
    This is Vince Lee—Senior Consultant of domain name registration and solution center in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on September 8, 2017. that a company claimed “Series Ltd” were applying to register “softworld” as their Network Brand and some “********” Asian countries top-level domain names(in/hk/tw/etc) and China (CN) domain names through our firm.
    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Series Ltd”. Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    (This is a very important case, so please transfer this email to your CEO or Principal. Thanks a lot.)
    Best Regards,
    Vince Lee
    Senior Consultant Manager

  17. Johan says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    About the “embassyofnamibia”, we have some thing to comfirm with you! We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names, on October 17, 2017, we received an application named “Derlery Company” and they apply to register embassyofnamibia as their brand name and some top-level asian domain names. But we found the main body of domain names is same as yours. We are not sure about the relationship between you and them.

    As the registrar, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Derlery Company” Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    (Please kindly foward this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)

    Best Regards,

    Owen Chen

    Senior Adviser Manager

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