**I posted this to warn you all about this latest scam but decided to have a little fun!
Seems I’m the latest one to get hit with the china domain name scam. Haven’t heard of it? Here you go…..
You see, there are these nice little domain name registrar companies in CHINA have noticed that one of their customers is trying to register YOUR domain! And, to make things even worse, they are trying to register your Intellectual Property Rights as well! Well, this GREAT Chinese Domain Name Registrar has decided to do the right thing and contact you to help! They will allow you to head off this scandal by registering the domains with them on your behalf.
What a nice company right? They’ll be happy to send you a list of all the domain names this international domain terrorist has given them to register, along with their request for you to respond so they can deny them this option.
It works like this. They start going through the Internet, and find your domain. How? How’d you find this site? They just did, trust me on this one. Then they check of possible combination’s of your domain name, but ending in different tld’s, that are available, then hit you with a scary letter that sounds like this:
We are a leading internet consulting organization in Asia. Now we have something urgent to confirm with you. Yesterday we received a formal application from a company called Rerch Investment Co., Ltd, who tried to apply for ” bosshi” as Internet Mark and following Domain Names from our organization:
There is a check process before domain names registration. We found that the above domain names were similar to yours, so we sent email to you and expect to get your confirmation: If your company did not consign the aforesaid company to register these, please contact us as soon as possible.
In addition, we hereby declare the time limit for this issue is 7 workdays. If your company doesn’t respond within the time, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by Rerch Investment Co., Ltd.
Vito Lu -Senior Examiner
Wow, how nice, so I took the bait to see what would happen, purely for my amusement. (thank you to a fellow blogger I borrowed some of this from his response)
Oh My that is terrible. I have registered bosshi.com for years and the brand as a Trade name.
I have no idea who that company is, they are not my business partners in any way, shape or form. I did not authorize them to do this. Wait, are those the guys who thought I was stupid and took my money and tried to hustle me into buying domain names I don’t need, who now hang out at the bar with a couple of hookers, a crack pipe, and his pet donkey with questionable underwear? I mean, I don’t frequent these kind of establishments, but those a-holes owe me money and they might be trying to cause trouble for me.
Yes, stop them from doing this and tell him and his Donkey to get a life. Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions.
To which they quickly responded:
Have a nice Halloweens! Thank you for your reply. If you have no relationship with them. According to our working experience, there are 2 possibilities:1.THE company is a domain name investment company, they want to register these names before you and sell back to you to gain profits;2.It may be a commercial method, THE company is consigned by your competitor to register, they are trying to replicate your idea and let your customers feel confusion.
We knew your company has registered the domain name “bosshi.com” and own the intellectual property, this is why we informed you. But now they do not want to register your trademark or domain name they wanted to apply for other domain names and internet brand you have not registered yet.
Because domain name takes open registration, this is international domain name registration principle. So they have a right to register it. As a domain name registrar, we have no right to stop their application. I think you must know some cases about the domain names grabbed by the third party,we also won’t want to see similar things happen.As the company whose trademarks relate to the applied domain names, you will get the priority to register these domain names and internet brand. If you think these domian names are important to your company,we can send you a dispute application form and help you to register these domains within dispute period, this is a way to prevent domain name from grabbing. Of course, each company has their own idea. If you don’t think their registration will confuse your clients and harm your profits, you can give up. In order to proceed next step work better, please give me your decision as soon as possible.
..Now, you have to understand that at this point, it’s 4AM in the morning and I’m feeling a wee bit wicked. I mean, this is just entertainment at this point, and I truly hate email spam and people who don’t bother to check the websites they are soliciting to see that we would know this is crap! So I respond on more time.
I’m sorry, but I can’t understand a fuckin’ thing you have written. Not only does this read like the wacky information you find on those Chinese Herbal Tea Diet Pills, like “the state of obesity is the fact of being too fat” (Ha, that one always gets me) but it’s also so incredibly eyeball socket grating as well.
I mean, what does ‘Thank you for your reply. If you have no relationship with them.‘ supposed to mean? Are you thanking me for my reply as long as I don’t have a relationship with them, because if I do, then to hell with me?
‘According to our working experience’. Wow, your working experience actually SPEAKS to you? Mine hasn’t spoken to me since for years, but that’s another story.
‘they are trying to replicate your idea and let your customers feel confusion.‘ Oh yeah? Well what if my customers are not allowed to feel confusion huh? I mean, I know the Chinese State pretty much controls everything over there, but over here in the US, the only people who control anything are the ones with the big tanks.
‘they wanted to apply for other domain names and internet brand you have not registered yet’ OHHH, is that all? Go ahead and let them have those domains. I’m good with that, cause none of my customers are in China, and you know, I own the .com and everybody knows that all those foreign extensions there are usually CHINESE MALWARE SITES probably run by your company.
‘As the company whose trademarks relate to the applied domain names, you will get the priority to register these domain names and internet brand.’ Now your just trying to make my head spin.
‘In order to proceed next step work better, please give me your decision as soon as possible.’ I mean really, WTF is that? Does that mean you want my next step better work, or are you warning me about a hole in the floor, and to be carefull where I work? Or is that step? What, do you think people in America can’t walk or something?
Ok, since you said please…here’s my decision.
Screw you and Go away.
Yours Truly CEO
I haven’t heard back from them since…..
UPDATE ** I got an email back with an attachment. I didn’t open it but I could see the first line of the message that simple ready, ” SCREW YOU!”
…no my little Chinese friend….there will be no screwing today….not on my watch!