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:
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 /firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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% FALSE. If 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!
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)
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)
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)
Contact persons’ names and contact details used.
Edward Zhang, Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: email@example.com
Steve Luo, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Zhang, Tel: 86 551 634 911 91 Fax: 86 551 634 911 92 Email: email@example.com
Vincent Liu, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Scott Wang, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alger Miao, Senior Adviser Tel:(0086) 0551-63491191 Fax:(0086) 0551-63491192 Email: email@example.com
May Dong, Senior Consultant Manager Tel: +865538366231 Fax: +865538366231 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Wong, Senior Consultant Manager Tel: +865538366231 Fax: +865538366231 Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rex Zhang, Tel: 86 551 634 911 91 Fax: 86 551 634 911 92 Email: email@example.com
Frank Luo, General Manager Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Zhang, Manager of Auditing Department Tel: +852 3 050 67 65 Fax: +852 3 069 74 09 Email: email@example.com
Andrea Lee, Registration Department Tel: (+86) 739-5266069 Fax:(+86) 739-5266069 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Albert Lee, Registration Department Tel: (+86) 739-5266069 Fax:(+86) 739-5266069 Email: email@example.com
Nathan Wang, Manager Tel: +86-21-6191-8696 Fax:+86-21-6191-8697 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Chan, Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Tito Hon, Tel:(0086) 0551-63491191 Fax:(0086) 0551-63491192 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Greg Lin, Senior Consultant Manager, Tel: +865538366231 Fax: +865538366231 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Chan, Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: email@example.com
Bengj Miao, Senior Adviser Tel:(0086) 0551-63491191 Fax:(0086) 0551-63491192 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Jim Dong, Senior Adviser Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Kevin Dong, Senior Adviser Tel: +86.551.63491191 Fax: +86.551.63491192 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
J.J. Argaez / J.Urioste
The Yucatan Times Newsroom
Jul 27th 2015
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