New Twist on an Old Domain Scam

Anyone that has a high ranking websites knows the better they rank, the more spam they are going to receive, and we are no exception to this rule. Personally I can find it amusing to browse through some of the more unique spam to see what sort of tactics they use to convert their recipients. One of the better scams I’ve seen is the Internet Brand / Internet Trademark scams, where someone claims to represent a domain registration company who has someone interested in buying your domain name as their trademark. Today I received another one of these scams but in this one they were referencing the financial crisis as a secondary scare tactic. Luckily their grammar is terrible, there is an excess of white space, and it is based completely on fiction which should raise red flags with anyone that reads it.

Dear President/CEO,

We are a domain name registration and dispute organization in Asia, which mainly deal with the global companies’ domain name registration and internet Intellectual property right protection in Asia. Currently, we have a pretty important issue needing to confirm with your company.

On Dec.15 ,2008, We received an application formally.One company named ” Arnolds investment Company ” wanted to applied for the Internet trademark ” Beanstalk-inc ” and some domain names through our body.

During our preliminary investigation, we found that these domain names’ keyword and internet trademark is identical with your trademark. Meanwhile, it is in the special time of financial crisis. Many companies are registering and protecting their own internet intellectual property right in various methods.These days we are dealing with this case, I wonder whether you consigned Panlong company to register these domain names through us? If yes, we will complete the registration on these domain names. Or you do not even know this company what so ever? Currently, we have postponed this application of this company temporarily already. In order to deal with this issue better, please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

Auditing Department
TEL: 00852-9566 0205 00852-9566 0496
FAX: 00852-9566 0302
Email:Ivy.Ji@westdns.org
Web: www.west-technology.net

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