Chinese Domain Spam Hopes To Wrestle Your Domain Away From You If you have a domain name or website, you've likely received a message from "Margaret" or "Tina" in the "Checking Department." Margaret (or Tina) will explain to you in her email that "Mr. John Zhou has attempted to register a domain name similar to yours!" This is a common trick in the sketchy and shady domain name business.
The trick is:
1. Scare the potential...uh...sucker by making them think someone is trying to steal from them.
2. Use language in the message that makes it appear something is already underway.
3. Reassure them that their glorious and helpful organization will stop this evil enterprise and help you acquire the "Internet Brand" that is rightfully yours.
So a few things to remember regarding this and other potential scams:
1. Mr. John Zhou doesn't exist. He probably didn't submit a formal application for the rights to "HendersonvilleRotary.com.cn."
2. As far as I can tell, my local Rotary Club has no interest in expanding to China. Nothing against China, mind you...I just don't see myself or any of my colleagues flying to China for breakfast, coffee and "buddy check."
3. If you ARE interested in doing business in China, there are many organizations that can help you do this. The Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce, headed by Dr. Ming Wang, is dedicated to developing increased U.S.-China trade. Don't get me wrong...I'm 100% in favor of American businesses expanding and selling their products and services in China. Buying a domain name in support of your new export venture is great. But something tells me you've got a lot more work to do before you start selling product or services in Beijing.
4. They want your credit card. You can guess what happens next. http://blog.kbsweb.com/