They want to take my Internet Keyword

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Given up, Information
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On occasion when bored, I will decide to get involved with various scam emails or “support centre” calls for a bit of fun. More often than not, it’s not nearly as amusing as I’d hoped because the people on the other end really have no idea about anything, and don’t deviate much from the script they have been given.

This time it was an email from a Chinese domain registrar kindly informing me that another company wanted to register several domains and the “internet keyword” of my company.

Note: Thank you to all the people who have responded to this post and shared the emails they have received. I’m happy to discuss anything if anyone has any questions, but to reduce the size of the comments section I’ll just approve emails if they are significantly different to the ones we already know about. Thanks.

This isn’t a new one, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it – http://squelchdesign.com/web_design_newbury/chinese-domain-name-registration-scams/

(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Oct 17, 2013, we received an application from Huajing Ltd requested “abc” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

Kind regards Peter Cheng

***************************************************
Peter ChengGeneral Manager YIGUAN (Headquarters)3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China Tel: +86-21-6191-8696 Mobile: +86-182-2195-1605 Fax: +86-21-6191-8697 Web: www_yiguannetwork_cn
As I don’t have much business activity going on in the greater asian region, I figured this might be an opportunity to form a new partnership with someone else already established in the region. So my reply:
Hi Peter,
Yes, Huajing Ltd is a new partner that we have started to deal with as our local Chinese office. They can use the “abc” internet keyword if they wish.
 
Regards,
Scott.
I was really hoping the response I got back would be tailored to respond to my message, but unfortunately they have stuck to the script. The next message was from the “company” that wants to *steal* my internet keyword!
Dear Sirs,  

We are Huajing company based in China. We will register the “abc” as internet keyword and China domain names .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn. We have submitted our application and are waiting for Mr. Peter Cheng’s approval. We think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr. Peter Cheng advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.  

Best regards   Gareth Liao

So despite giving my blessing, it’s pretty obvious that Peter is trying to rip off poor old Gareths company by telling them they can’t have it. Peter is probably trying to scam more money out of them or something🙂
As a good netizen, I figured it was my civic duty to inform him to watch out for Peter and to let him know that we’ll just work out some financial arrangement for licensing my name later on.

Hi Gareth,

I have already given Peter permission to let you register the keyword and domain if you want it. When I expand my services into Asia I’m sure we can come to an agreement for you to pay me a license fee to continue using them. If he is telling you that you need to change it, then I think you should be very careful that he isn’t trying to trick you into paying him more money for them. There are some really dodgy internet registrars out there and Peter sounds like he might be corrupt.

Scott.

Now Gareth obviously hasn’t told Peter about my warning, because Peter seems to think I still withholding permission.
Dear Scott,
Based on your company having no affiliation with them, we have suggested they should choose another name to avoid this conflict but they insist on this name as China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company.
According to the domain name registration principle: The domain name and internet keyword which applied based on the international principle are opened to companies as well as individuals. Any companies or individuals have rights to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Because your company haven’t registered this name as China domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration. However, in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner has priority to register China domain name and internet keyword in our audit period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list and help your company register them.
Kind regards
Peter Cheng
I decided to do a quick check, and it looks like the .cn etc domains using my company name already exist and are in use, so it seems a bit rude of Peter to keep Gareth thinking they are available for him to register.

Hi Peter,

 Gareth contacted me recently to say he still wanted to proceed with the registration. I tried calling him but the phone didn’t answer at all. I have had my lawyers draft up a fee-free licensing agreement that grants Gareth the use of my company name and I’m sure he will be happy to agree. On that basis he may proceed with registering the domains and internet keywords if he wants.

 I am concerned though that you are offering to register these domains. I just did a quick check and it appears they are already in use. I am quite dissapointed that somebody has already been permitted to register them without me being contacted before. I am glad you have bought this to my attention as I was not aware I should be notified of this.

Regards,

Scott.

— So now we wait to see if he replies again, or just comes back with the next step of the script.

6/2/2013 – Never heard back from them, so I guess they figured I was on to them.

Comments
  1. eb1c4d says:

    I am glad I am not the only one that enjoys trolling the scammers. The Nigerian 411 ones are my personal favorite. I got one guy to take a photograph of himself holding a newspaper as “proof” he was a real person. I set it as my wallpaper and sent him a screenshot. He persisted trying to scam even though it was obvious at this point he was being trolled. Guess they aren’t exactly intellectuals! -m

    • Scott says:

      I don’t get too many 419 emails anymore, my spam filters seem to be pretty good at blocking them now.

      I’ve got another story to finish writing up which I mentioned in one of my last blog posts about the dodgy “support” call centre trying to warn me about all the viruses, Trojans and hackers on my computer.

  2. Kristy says:

    Thank-you very much for putting this out there. We are a new Australian business that has registered .com and .com.au domain and we are now receiving the exact emails as you did above. I was getting a little stressed thinking the keyword may effect us!

  3. JoAnne says:

    Thanks so much for letting people know this is a scam. I just got the exact same e-mail regarding one of my domain names. I tried to find out more information about “internet keywords,” since I’d never heard the term, and found your blog post. Knowing it is a scam, I’ll simply ignore it. Thanks again, Scott.

  4. Helena says:

    thanks scott. Same wit hme just got the same e-mail. Glad you posted this blog up!

  5. Victor Fox says:

    Hi,
    I had same as well. Just the names were “Bobby Liu, General Manager,
    Shanghai Office (Headquarters)” from “yiguannetwork” and “Gareth Shi” from “Huaco Holdings Ltd”. They seem to change the names. I got those messages in August 2014. Today still one, before I began to suspect there is something wrong.
    Victor

  6. Giles says:

    Love the internet. I got the same emails as everyone else here. Check it out. I think

    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: ssdrafting domain and keyword in CN
    From: Shawn Zhang
    Date: Mon, September 01, 2014 12:17 am
    To:

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Sep 1, 2014, we received an application from Huaco Holdings Ltd requested “ssdrafting” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Shawn Zhang
    General Manager
    Yi Guan (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yiguandns.com
    ————————————————————————-
    Next email

    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: ssdrafting
    From: GarethXie
    Date: Wed, September 10, 2014 4:42 am
    To: >

    To whom it concerns,
    We will register the “ssdrafting” as internet keyword and China domain names .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn. We have submitted our application and waiting for Mr. Shawn Zhang’s approval. We think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr. Shawn Zhang advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
    Best regards
    Gareth Xie

    ——————————————————————————————
    Next email
    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: Re: ssdrafting domain and keyword in CN
    From: Shawn Zhang
    Date: Fri, September 12, 2014 3:02 am

    Dear Giles,

    Based on your company having no affiliation with them, we have suggested they should choose another name to avoid this conflict but they insist on this name as China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company.

    According to the domain name registration principle: The domain name and internet keyword which applied based on the international principle are opened to companies as well as individuals. Any companies or individuals have rights to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Because your company haven’t registered this name as China domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration. However, in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner has priority in the registration of China domain name and internet keyword during our audit period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domains and internet keyword during our audit period.

    Kind regards

    Shawn Zhang
    General Manager
    Yi Guan (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yiguandns.com

  7. liana says:

    i also got this same email named James Zhang.

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Sep 18, 2014, we received an application from Huaco Holdings Ltd requested “ikadceramic” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    James Zhang
    General Manager
    YIGUDNS (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yigudns.com

  8. Andreas says:

    Thank you very much, just happened to us too.
    Same letter as already seen above, signed by

    Bill Liu
    General Manager
    Yi Guan (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yiguandns.com.cn

  9. Gis says:

    Hi
    Thanks a lot for these postings!
    Just happened to us in Germany, too.
    Wasn’t really sure, glad to know it’s scam…🙂

    ——————
    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Oct 13, 2014, we received an application from Huayu Holdings Ltd requested “xxxxxxxxxxxxx” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Bobby Liu
    General Manager
    Yi Guan (Headquarters)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yiguannetwork.com

  10. On 20th October 2014, I have received the same mail in India. As before trusting such mails, I always cross check on internet. By searching I found your page. Thanks for sharing the information Scott. I also received the same email from Mr. Peter.

    ——–
    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Oct 17, 2014, we received an application from Huayu Holdings Ltd requested “anythingcorporation” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Peter Zhang
    General Manager
    Yi Guan (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yiguandns.com

  11. Mohd Farhan says:

    same here,

    i just received it today.

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Oct 20, 2014, we received an application from Huayu Holdings Ltd requested “creative*****y” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Scott Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.com.cn

  12. Miki says:

    Mine was Ken Liu

    Ken Liu
    General Manager
    Yi Guan (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yiguandns.com.cn

    I hope you don’t mind, Scott, but I took a role from your playbook and sent an email similar to your own…..I’m anxious to see what I get back! LOL

  13. Janet says:

    I am happy to find this post as well. I just got the e-mail yesterday. Thanks for posting Scott!

  14. Sam says:

    I wonder how big this Liu family is? I received exact email in name of Bob Liu.

    ——–
    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Oct 29, 2014, we received an application from Huayu Holdings Ltd requested “xxxxxxxx” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Bob Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn
    ———

    On instance I replied Huayu Holdings Ltd is not our distributor or partner anywhere in this world. but received exact same email you received from Gareth.

    ——–
    To whom it concerns,
    We will register the “xxxxxxxx” as internet keyword and China domain names .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Bob Liu’s approval and think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr. Bob Liu advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
    Best regards
    Gareth Xiao
    ——–

    When nothing got in replied after couple of days I searched Huayu Holdings Ltd in curiosity that why anybody wants such domain names and found this post. I am relieved after I found this post. This is scam, trick to make you purchase domains in fear of loosing business name or keyword in internet search.

  15. Mike Smith says:

    My e-mails were the same as these except from Henry Liu, and the corresponding one was from Gareth Qi. How dumb do they think US business owners are?

    • Scott says:

      Well I don’t know about US businesses in particular (I’m in Australia), but there are enough people that do fall for these things all the time… that’s why they do it.

  16. Dawn says:

    So glad to find your post. I received the same emails – first for my business name and then for my app name. I took the bait the first time and got the second email saying they would persist despite Peter’s advise not to. I then received a second email about my app name. It sounds like they are trying to scare people into buying domain names. I will ignore further emails. Thanks!

  17. Roxanne says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I was falling for this, worried, not sure how to respond. Received the same emails only from Seth Liu (to whom I responded) and today from Gareth Qi advising me they would be using the name as vital for business … what struck me as odd was the email from Gareth of Many Last Names sent his response from a gmail address with no company information on it. Again, thank you for your post.

  18. Ania says:

    I have a new one, after sending the reply, that I don’t know those people from China. Now they are dreaming, that I will register it with them:

    “””Dear Manager,

    Based on your company having no affiliation with them, we have suggested they should choose another name to avoid this conflict but they insist on this name as China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company.

    According to the domain name registration principle: The domain name and internet keyword which applied based on the international principle are opened to companies as well as individuals. Any companies or individuals have rights to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Because your company haven’t registered this name as China domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration. However, in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner has priority in the registration of China domain name and internet keyword during our audit period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domains and internet keyword during our audit period.

    Kind regards

    Ian Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn“”””

    God, I wish to read your blog earlier, so they could get my blessing😀
    Now, I will just leave it unfinished…

    But the funny thing is (not very) that my website crushed in the same time getting php error.. But it was in joomla 2.5.7 so it could, because it has some problems already. Now need to make a new one. Do you think, that it could be connected?

    • Scott says:

      They just send standard form letters whenever they get a reply. They never respond to any questions you ask.

      Ask for your website crash. Most likely just co-incidence, however if you are running wordpress then you might want to check up on the recent plugin bug that was being exploited.

  19. Kim O'Hara says:

    exact same emails, but from Mark Liu (must be a family business) and Gareth Cui. Wonder what the point of this is? Just people bored and wanting to chat?

    Thanks for posting, Scott. I, too, was a little concerned as to what exactly someone else registering the name of my business could mean. Cheers!!

  20. Shaink says:

    Thanks for this post! We had almost registered these useless domains but then I read your post.
    Thanks a ton.🙂
    —————————————-
    Tony Liu [tony.liu@chinaregistry.org.cn]

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Jan 12, 2015, we received an application from Huabao Ltd requested “******” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Tony Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn

    —————————————-

    Dear Mr. Liu,
    Thankyou for contacting ******** ********* regarding this query.
    We are an Architecture and Construction company based in India and we do not have presence in China. Our company is not aware of the existence of any entity by the name of ‘Huabao Ltd’ and we are in NOT related to the said company ‘Huabao Ltd’ in any shape or form at any level.

    Please feel free to get back to us for any further clarification.

    Cheers!

    —————————————-
    GarethCui [garethcui@hotmail.com]

    To whom it concerns,
    We will register the “******” as internet keyword and China domain names .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Tony Liu’s approval and think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr. Tony Liu advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
    Best regards
    Gareth Cui

    —————————————-

    Dear **** ******,

    Based on your company having no affiliation with them, we have suggested they should choose another name to avoid this conflict but they insist on this name as China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company.

    According to the domain name registration principle: The domain name and internet keyword which applied based on the international principle are opened to companies as well as individuals. Any companies or individuals have rights to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Because your company haven’t registered this name as China domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration. However, in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner has priority in the registration of China domain name and internet keyword during our audit period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domains and internet keyword during our audit period.

    Kind regards

    Tony Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn

    —————————————-

  21. The same has happened to me.

  22. I’ve got the same shit. I’ve asked them to send me the application form along with some chinese top ramen noodles. Still waiting for it (the noodles of course)

  23. Donna says:

    This scam is still ongoing – my organisation received the email today from “Jim, General Manager” under the guise of cn-registry. Thankfully, due to the information on this site, we have ignored and deleted.

  24. Ed says:

    Just had one of these. Looks like they’re trying to raise their game as the email links to a website that could dupe some people into believing that it is genuine… http://www.chinaregistry.org.cn/

  25. moses says:

    Thank you for putting it out there. Got the email and will be spending some of their time to amuse my overworked self🙂

  26. Ann says:

    Same thing dated April 17, 2015 but from a different registrar and Jim Ying , instead of the Liu family. And follow up email from Jiang zhihai – Gareth must be out of the office.

    Jim
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3008, Jiulong Building, No. 836 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: http://www.cnwebregistry.org.cn

  27. Philip says:

    I have got same scam from Alvin Liu last monday.. It is just a big scam “joke”…. But, in fact, I have buy my company.cn and told them Im ok to sell it for 5’000 euros.. hehe.. Im waiting their answer…

  28. Dan Chrenka says:

    I got the same letter two days ago from Network Service Company in China from service manager Jim Wang. Contacted Go Daddy and they said it is a scam and ignore them. They never heard of registering Keywords and they just want you to purchase domain names from them and that could be a scam too!

  29. Janet says:

    We – an Israeli nonprofit – received a similar email, from Jim Wang with regard to a ‘request’ from Huayu Ltd. They never tire…

  30. Daiva says:

    But what is the conclusion? Just to ignore them? I send them an email asking for more detailed information, because I didn’t know they are scammers. I’ve got few more e-mails. What shal I do know? Is it enough to ignore them? Please advice as I do not have much experience. Very waiting for your opinion. Thank you!

    • Scott says:

      Yes, just ignore them. You probably won’t get anymore emails from them, but if you do, just ignore those also. I haven’t received anymore since.

  31. Kelly Jansens says:

    Thankful for your posts on this topic…I received this note:
    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On May 14, 2015, we received an application from Huahong Holdings Ltd requested “gogreendoggo” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Tim Zhang
    General Manager
    YIGUDNS (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yigudns.com

  32. Joanna says:

    Poland is welcome🙂 Message received today:

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On June 18, 2015, we received an application from Huayun Holdings Ltd requested “intermag” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Alan Liu
    General Manager
    China Registry (Headquarters)
    6012, Qilai Building, No. 889 Yishan Road,
    Shanghai 200233, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaregistry.net.cn

  33. Troy Darvell says:

    Received the same email today

    To whom it concerns,
    We will register the China domain names “hsrinternational.cn” “hsrinternational.com.cn” “hsrinternational.net.cn” “hsrinternational.org.cn” and internet keyword “hsrinternational” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Steve Luo’s approval and think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr. Steve Luo advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
    Best regards
    Gareth Jian

    here is my reply.

    Oh no really, like to see you try and register an internet keyword lol

    Please feel free to carry on with your registrations as we do not have any intention in becoming Chinese citizens any time soon, although I am partial to a chow mein now and then.

    We also need to inform you that we also intend on registering the domain name HuayunHoldings.co.uk just for funsies. If you have a problem with this please feel free to make a formal complaint to someone who cares IF you can find one.

    The very best of British

    Troy

  34. Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On June 23, 2015, we received an application from Huayun Holdings Ltd requested “lnsoftwaresolutions” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Peter Zhang
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.yiguandns.com

  35. Minister Eric Morse says:

    I have one for you this just came.
    Dear Eric Morse,

    Based on your company having no affiliation with them, we have suggested they should choose another name to avoid this conflict but they insist on this name as China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company.
    According to the domain name registration principle: The domain name and internet keyword which applied based on the international principle are opened to companies as well as individuals. Any companies or individuals have rights to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Because your company haven’t registered this name as China domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration. However, in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner has priority in the registration of China domain name and internet keyword during our audit period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domains and internet keyword during our audit period.
    Kind regards

    Jesse Zhang
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    6012, Qilai Building, No. 889 Yishan Road,
    Shanghai 200233, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: http://www.chinaygregistry.org

  36. Ian says:

    I am from NZ and just got this today..

    (–email text removed–)

    Laughable but I replied saying they welcome to be my partner in China and can contact me direct so we can chat about the mutual prospects we may have.

    And a big thank you for posting the information.

  37. Odilon Wines says:

    It’s still going on! I’m from Belgium and recieved this e-mail. Seems they ran out of Lius and they continue with the Zhang family now. Their website has also changed.
    Thanks for the post so I know it’s just a scam.
    (–email text removed–)

  38. Darlene says:

    I am in Canada and just got this today. I thought I’d check into it first and found another forum warning of this from 2007. I’m used to “inheriting” money but this is a new one.
    (–email text removed–)

  39. Rahman says:

    Hi Im from Srilanka I got the same first two email about our website going to be register with .CN domain. Only I got question when I read their reply email with gmail domain. after I start to search on it only I got this scam from the web. Be smart everyone. Just a scam. Thanks

  40. Interesting. i just got this too…but our website has been under attack from China which I have reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). So these folks contacted me during an open investigation. I will be forwarding the investigating agent the email. Perhaps something may come about it even if it’s not related to the hackers.

  41. Thanks for the post. I got one yesterday.

    Dear Manager,

    (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks!)
    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On August 29th, 2016, we received an application from Huawo Holdings Ltd requested “cohenresearchgroup” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is associated with your company or not?

    Kind regards

    James Wu
    Manager
    CN REGISTRAR (Headquarters)
    8008, Tianan Building, No. 1399 Jinqiao Road,
    Shanghai 200120, China
    Tel: +86-21-6191-8696
    Fax:+86-21-6191-8697
    Mobile: +86-1377-4400-340
    Click Here to visit our Website

    And today …

    To whom it concerns,

    We will register the China domain names “cohenresearchgroup.cn”
    “cohenresearchgroup.com.cn” “cohenresearchgroup.net.cn” “cohenresearchgroup.org.cn” and internet keyword “cohenresearchgroup” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr.James Wu’s approval and think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr.James Wu advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

    Best Regards

    Julia Gao

    I’m inclined to play along just for the sheer entertainment value but, frankly, I’m too busy to do so.

  42. Adrian says:

    Well, maybe you want to know that Gareth is fine. He changed his name into “Ren” but his goals are the same… Register new domains very important for his business! May I send greetings from you when I will reply?

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