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Chinese Domain Name Scam

Intellectual Property Attorneys

The Chinese Domain Name Scam is an e-mail that is sent from a Chinese company stating that someone else has inquired about registering your domain name in another Country code top-level domain like .asia, .cn,, and This scam is trying to encourage you to buy domain names from them. This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration in China. We received an application from BaoYuan Ltd on December 17, 2012. They want to register ” YOURDOMAIN ” as their internet keyword and China/Asia (CN/ASIA) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not? Best Regards John.

The Chinese Domain Name Scam email goes something like this:

Someone else is NOT applying to register your domain name. Unlike Trade Marks, there is no application or approval period when purchasing domain names. Domain names are registered immediately when ordered. BUT… If someone else has already bought your domain name in a Country Code top-level domain like .asia, .cn, you won’t be able to stop them unless you own a registered trade mark in that country. If you wish to stop anyone from registering your domain name in any of the available top-level domain codes, you are going to have to register your domain name with every single one of them. Be sure to use your own trusted  hosting provider for domain name registrations.
There are approximately:

7 Original Top-level Domains
12 Internationalized Generic Top-level Domains
14 Brand Top-level Domains
33 Geographic Top-level Domains
236 ICANN-era Generic Top-level Domains
240 Delegated Top-level Domains
248 Country Code Top-level Domains
… to name a few.

What should you do?

Do NOT contact them and Delete the email.

Posted on 29 September 2014
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