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October 31st, 2008, 12:10 PM #1Chinese Domain Name Poaching - What to Make of it?
I just received this email:
We are Shanghai Chooke Network Information Technology Co., Ltd, which is the domain name register center in China.I have something need to confirm with you.
We have received an application formally,one company named "Xingyong(China) Investment Co.,Ltd" applies for the domain names(www dot mydomainname dot cn www dot mydomainname dot com dot cn etc.) ,and the Internet keyword(mydomainname) on the internet October 31, 2008. We need to know the opinion of your company because the domain names and keyword may relate to the copyright of brand name on internet.
we would like to get the affirmation of your company,please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.
email:jerk.liu at chooke dot com dot cn
Shanghai Chooke Network Information Technology Co., Ltd
website:www dot chooke dot com dot cn
October 31st, 2008, 12:22 PM #2
Personally, I would not take a second look and send it right to the trash.
Although you could send a Dear Jerk letter...
October 31st, 2008, 12:28 PM #3
I did encounter a similar email saying "domain names and keyword may relate to the copyright of brand name on internet...blah...blah..blah.... But decided its not worth my time. Though it does make you wonder what is their agenda.
October 31st, 2008, 12:29 PM #4
I would run to the local Chinese restaurant and ask them for a fortune cookie. Therein lies the answer.
October 31st, 2008, 12:40 PM #5
I've seen the exact same thing. I figured they were just trying to sell these domains by lying about the interested party. Anyway, I just checked the domains and none have been registered even though this was back in August.
- ScottHatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
October 31st, 2008, 12:48 PM #6
I've had the same. It's just an excuse to get you to pay an over-inflated price for something that's worthless. Don't reply to it and they will most probably let it expire (assuming that they registered it in the first place).
October 31st, 2008, 02:50 PM #7
I get these almost every day.Dyan Carlson
["My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."- The Dalai Lama
October 31st, 2008, 07:12 PM #8
Thanks for the feedback. I just wanted to see if there were any other opinions about this.
sfcom - I did stop for a fortune cookie, but the fortune was "send help, I'm a prisoner in a cookie factory!".
October 31st, 2008, 07:27 PM #9
To respond to your two questions and your "inclination."
YES - NO - Good idea!
It is a scam, pure and simple, just a scam. They are wanting you to think that someone is interested in competing on your "mark" and they want to "offer" you first choice on a domain that is (in most cases) worthless. Worthless, that is, unless you actually plan to have a site presence in China. If that is the case you would (probably) already have registered the .cn version of your domain.
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