.CN & .ASIA Domain Name Scams

Domain name scams are nearly as old as domains themselves and a popular one is making its rounds again via email.

The scam begins with an email to someone listed as the contact for your domain with a subject line of something similar to “Internet Domains dispute: your-doman.” In the email a representative of the “registration and solution center in China” announces that they’ve received an application from someone trying to register .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn, .hk, .com.hk, .in, .tw, .com.tw, and .asia versions of your primary domain.

Basically this company will ask you to contact them to dispute the purchase by the third party or ignore the message and they’ll release the domain to be sold. If you contact them to dispute the third party’s claim to the domain name they try to sell you the domain names to avoid them being purchased by other parties. In reality there’s actually no one trying to buy these domains – this company is trying to scam you into buying domains you don’t need at exorbitant prices.

The likely hood of someone in Asia actually purchasing your domain is pretty slim. We’ve seen cases where even two years after the initial email scam that the Asian versions of the domains are still available.  Site owners that still feel the need to register these domains can use sources like GoDaddy.com; or a web search for “.cn domain registrar” or “Asian domain registrar” should provide more than enough options.

You can find multiple references and additional details on this scam on Google:                                             http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=asian+domain+scams

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