Domain name scams

Many domain name owners may have been the recipient of such an email:

From: John <>
Date: 21 June 2011 5:33:11 PM AEST
To: Michael Hui <>
Subject: Urgent notice of Intellectual Property protection

Dear Manager:

This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China and Asia.
On June 20th 2011, We received Tianhua Ltd’s application that they are registering the name ” huilawyers ” as their Internet Keyword and ” huilawyers .cn “?” huilawyers ” ?” huilawyers .asia “domain names etc.., It is China and ASIA domain names. But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check. According to the principle in China, your company is the owner of the trademark, In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

Best regards,

Oversea marketing manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 136615 29704
Fax: +86 216191 8697

Unfortunately, such helpful service is not offered by any domain registrar in China (or for that matter anywhere else we have encountered).

This is simply a scam designed to elicit domain name owners to pay significant sums for registrations that never occur and were never under threat. Consider yourself warned!