We are getting reports of more and more foreign companies across Asia receiving correspondence which claims that their business’ name is about to be registered as a domain name by someone else, typically along the lines of:
Dear [insert name of Director/Senior Representative – or if less sophisticated – Sir/Madam]
This is Bobby Zhang, Senior Consultant at the domain name registration centre in xxx. We formally received an application from Random Company Inc. to register “Your Company Name” as a network brand with the following domain names:
After an initial check, we discovered that this brand name is the same as your company’s name and so we need to confirm if your company has authorized Random Company Inc. to register these domains. If you authorized this, we will complete the registrations. If you did not, please reply to us within five working days.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Shutting the door on “Slamming”
This type of scam is known as ‘Slamming’ and the aim is to panic you into registering a large number of domain names through them for their profit. Fortunately, you have a number of options and we recommend the following:
- Ignore the email or
- Reply to say that you will report this email to the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) or equivalent other country administration if the email originates from outside of China
- Forward the email to the CNNIC at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you happen to have already considered registering some of those domain names, register them through your local or usual registrar
What is also worth bearing in mind is that if you have not registered your domain name in China, it is crucial to do so before someone else does. You can get full details of how to do this, of how to build a domain name strategy, recover domain names and a list of licensed registrars through our guide to Protection of Online IPR in China.
Has someone tried to scam you like this? Tell us about it.