Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Brand Registration Confirmation scam

Brand Registration Confirmation scam.

A familiar scam is still doing the rounds, this time labelled as a brand registration confirmation from China.

The same old story though that when you reply you get offered to buy the domains in question for a hugely inflated price.

In the UK you can buy domains for £2.99 per year and .com for £5.99. These Brand Registration Confirmation rip off merchants are charging as much as $540 for the same thing and giving a variety of domains to register for you.

You will pay an inflated price and may end up as owner of a selection of Chinese or Asian domains that are of no use to you unless you plan to trade in China. Do you care if a Chinese company is using a similar name?

Email received titled Brand Registration Confirmation

From: Tony Xu []
Sent: 05 June 2013 06:11
Subject: URGENT  Brand Registration Confirmation
Importance: High

(Letter to the President or Brand Owner, thanks)

Dear President,

We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on June 5, 2013 that a company which self-styled "QUV Global Limited" were applying to register "your-domain" as their  Brand Name and some domain names through our firm.

Now we are handling this registration, and 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 "QUV Global Limited".Looking forward to your prompt reply.

Best Regards,

Tony Xu


1 comment:

  1. I too received the same email and did not look into it. Mine came from a Michael with no last name - should have been a dead give away. We seem to think they monitor they probably monitor domain name registration changes and send this out whenever anyone updates their records, we just did this when we changed hosts and it was not 2 hours later that we got the email. I think its Comparable to the Nigerian email bank scam.