We originally issued this advisory 5 years ago but it is still an issue so we are reissuing it as a reminder.
It has become quite common now for owners of certain domain names to receive an unsolicited email from an overseas organisation warning you that someone else is trying to register a domain name similar to yours. These are often for domain extensions such as .cn or .hk, but can be any Asian domain. The email usually indicates that unless you contact them within a couple of days, they will allow this other party to register a domain name that is similar to yours, or similar to your trademark.
These messages are bogus and are generally an attempt to get you to register new domain names through them at inflated prices. We have been advised that the best way to handle these enquiries is to simply ignore and delete them. If you do want to register any Asian domain names, you can do so through us or through any accredited registrar. You do not need to deal with overseas companies of no fixed address.
Monday, March 3, 2014