Have you ever wondered about those “urgent” email solicitations warning you someone is applying to register your company or brand name as a domain name in China? Isn’t it nice how the domain name companies went out of their way to research and find the true trademark owner so they could warn you of this impending scandal?
I recently reviewed inquiries I received this summer from four clients who received emails warning that the “.cn” or “.asia” extensions of their domain names were about to be sold. Two are from “Tony Song” of DIKRG.com, one was from “Nick Wu” of SHKOW, and the other is from “John” Overseas Marketing Manager Shanghai Office. They all say something like the following:
We are the department of Asian Domain registration service in china. Right now we have an important issue to confirm with you.
We formally received an application on June 2, 2011. One company which self-styled "WNCE Ltd." were applying to register "[YOUR TRADEMARK ]" as Internet Brand and following domain names:
After our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we will handle this issue better. Out of the time limit we will unconditionally finish the registration for "WNCE Ltd.".Therefore please let the relevant person make a confirmation with me as soon as possible.
Looking forward hearing from you.Thanks
I told my clients to ignore these solicitations – if they want to buy China or Asia domain names they should buy them from a reputable domain name registrar not from someone trying to trick them into buying the domains.
Thirty to sixty days later I checked the availability of all the domain names that were threatened to be sold – THEY ARE ALL STILL AVAILABLE.
You may decide to purchase overseas domain names, but if you do use your discretion and patronize a reliable registrar with good references. As a rule I don’t like doing business with someone trying to trick me into buying something I don’t need.