Domain name scams
Intellectual property is a very complex area and covers a vast range of diverse subjects. As a result, there are opportunities for bad guys and fake organizations to take advantage of those wishing to secure protection for their domains.
Recently we received a mail as below.
Subject: Urgent Message- About Internet intellectual Property Issue
From: “Andy Wang”
(If you are not in charge of this , please transfer this urgent email to your CEO. Thanks )
We are a leading internet solutions organization in Asia, and we have something urgent to confirm with you. Yesterday we received a formal application from a company called ” Meller Investment Co., Ltd “. They were trying to apply for ” quickheal” as Brand Name and following Domain Names through our organization:
After our initial examination, we found that the Brand Name and Domain Names above are similar to yours. These days we have been dealing with it. Now we hope to get your affirmation. If your company did not authorize the aforesaid company to register these, please contact us as soon as possible.
In addition, we hereby declare that time limit for this issue is 7 workdays. If your company don’t respond within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by Meller Investment Co., Ltd.
These email pretends to be acting in your favor, are nothing but lies and just a way for these companies to generate more business. They contact you and make you believe that a foreign company is trying to purchase websites using your domain and trademark names. They portrait as a responsible and caring Domain Name Registration Service, they first contacts you, the owner of the existing domains and trademarks, and will give you the amazing opportunity to get these website names first and therefore protect your brand.
The scammers behind this are using two of the greatest marketing tricks.
The first is the “likability“. They make you almost like them; by appearing to be nice, diligent and on your side.
The next is the “scarcity“. You may never have considered registering your domain in other countries, but when you find that someone else is about to grab your precious name and it won’t be available anymore, you suddenly develop an irrational urge to buy this n.ame