In July 2015 The Yucatan Times was contacted by a supposedly Chinese company offering web registration and protection for the brand since someone in China wanted to register the name. Despite the article published, we have been contacted again by these scam artists, this time with a different name than the time before.
We asked one of our news contacts in Shanghai to please verify this company´s address and phone numbers. There was no answer on any of the phone numbers and the address did not match any place. When people receive these emails, most of the times they are caught off guard, as the person clicks on the link, it takes you to a website, which is not unusual or strange that a Chinese registrar of Domain names doesn’t have a Chinese language, since most of the possible clients do not speak nor read the language and English is an internationally accepted language to conduct business.
However, as you dig deeper, you come to realize there are irregularities on it. None of the logos of accreditation link to the appropriate websites such as the Verisign logo or the TV Accredited Registrar doesn’t link to the certificate website.
The scam is still going strong, people are paying from $600 USD and above for a .asia, .cn, .org.cn, .com.cn, etc… A registration YOU DO NOT NEED unless of course you are planning on conducting business in Asia/China.
We have been contacted by people in this same situation. If you want to read more about it and see others’ opinions regarding this experience please click to the original article in the link below. Read all the way down to the comments so you can witness how many people have been approached by these dishonest individuals.
If you are in this situation don´t panic, absolutely nothing will happen to your website and the best way to stop this, we suggest, is with you sharing your experience with your friends in all the social networks you have. The more people who know, fewer will fall victim to the scam. Do not let yourself be victimized!
By J. Urioste
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