On Friday I got an e-mail from a Chinese domain name registrar, warning me that a Mr. X had asked to register (my domain).cn, (my domain).com.cn and (my domain).asia, and asking me if Mr. X was a business partner of mine. I replied that I don't know him.
Today I got a second e-mail from the domain name registrar:
Thanks for contacting us promptly.
From your letter we know that Mr.XXX have nothing to do with your company.
I will give you the detail explanation.October 24th, 2008, Mr.XX apply for the following names:
and the Internet Brand translatexts promote their company and do the promotion on the Google, Baidu and some famous search engines.
the .CN/.ASIA domain name and the Internet Brand are open to register,any person or company has the right to register.
According to the CN/.ASIA and the Internet Brand registration principle, your company is the owner of the trademark and .com domain name, so your company enjoy the priority to register these names,we will help your company remain 5 days
.During the priority time,
we will not accept the Mr.XXX's application. If your company need to protect, we will send your company an application form to fill in.
When you finish,you can send me back ,we will object the Mr.XXX's application and help your protect these names.Wait for your decision.
China Domain Name Registrar:
After a quick check on the Internet (which I should have done earlier, dumb me!!), I realized that this is a fairly common scam (some might say: "agressive marketing tactic" - http://texturbation.com/blog/?p=343)
that's going around in order to scare people into buying .cn domain names (shame on them, recorting to what is basically blackmail), which I might add are quite expensive when compared to .com, .net., .biz. info, etc. Please note that they are gracefully giving me 5 days to buy their .cn services (and their English! Oh, lord!!").
My questions are:
- have you received similar e-mails?
- if so, have you answered them? I'm thinking of ignoring the second one and just letting it go, but I admit I wouldn't want to find out 5 months from now that (my domain).cn is being used to send spam or as a porn site
On the other hand, I have no use for a .cn and, frankly, refuse to be blackmailed into purchasing one even if I DID need it.
- Also, what about trademark issues?? I know that the top-level-domains are somewhat protected by date of registry (or so I understand, please correct me if I'm wrong), but what about the "lower-level" domains???
Anyhow, all experiences and help will be appreciated. Anecdotes are welcome too
[Edited at 2008-10-27 01:56]