We’ve been receiving a lot of emails recently like the one detailed below and as our clients have a website and domain there is every chance they will be sent one too.
To whom it may concern 2009-3-15
We are a domain name registration service company in Asia,
Last week we received a formal application submited by Mr. John Zhou who wanted to use the keyword “*****” to register the Internet Brand and with suffix such as .cn /.com.cn /.net.cn/.hk/ .asia/ domain names.
After our initial examination, we found that these domain names to be applied for registration are same as your domain name and trademark. We aren’t sure whether you have any relation with him. Because these domain names would produce possible dispute, now we have hold down his registration, but if we do not get your company’s an reply in the next 5 working days, we will approve his application
In order to handle this issue better, Please contact us by Fax ,Telephone or Email as soon as possible.
So, before anyone panics and forks out the crazy prices let us first say STOP! These are just the latest line in email scams intent on charging exorbitant prices to register domains on behalf of your brand.
These scams feed on the email recipients fear of losing their company identity and bank on the recipient not understanding how domains work.
They appear to be professional and you’ll note that the email is well formed and there are few spelling errors! This doesn’t make them professional though!
If you are in any doubt get in touch with your professional webdesign company who will be able to talk you through your worries without having to reply to these emails.
For further reading and to see a blogger pretend to accept the email as genuine please see trusted.md