If you were a domain reseller or smaller registrar, you would probably find that business today wasn’t quite what it was a few years ago.
If you were a domain reseller or registrar that lied to people, telling them that someone else was registering domains with your trademark in an effort to sell you every domain under the sun so they could protect their IP from an entity that didn’t exist….. well, then you’d be a shitbag. You would, however, be a shitbag that was making a bit more money than the other sellers though, so I guess there’s that.
Angela represents one such group of shitbags. How do I know this? Well see, the “research” that she mentions in her email somehow tied an email address that I only use for donations to a domain that I don’t have any form of trademark over. The scam is kind of old, but it doesn’t stop them from bringing it back every once in a while to try to grab a few people that are too stupid to breathe on their own but have somehow stayed alive long enough to have a credit card and a domain name.
From: Angela <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subj: Notice of Intellectual Property-Trademark Name
We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On November,1st,2010, We received HUAXIA Company’s application that they are registering the name “husaberg” as their Internet Trademark and “husaberg.cn”,”husaberg.com.cn” ,”husaberg.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!
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
Registration Department Manager
3002, Nanhai Building 854.Nandan Road
Xuhui District, Shanghai
Office: +86 0553 4994789
Fax: +86 0553 4994789
Angela Zhang. Such a traditional Chinese name.
Good day to you, Angela Zhang.My name is Hao Chang Smith, and I just wanted to thank you for thinking of us before allowing any slant-eyed bastards to register a domain name that we have a ridiculously loose affiliation with.
We would most definitely like to register every domain TLD you offer to protect our assets, but it seems that you’re unaware of the American custom in which the first ten years of a domain is paid by the registrar. This is done to appease the ancient Gods of the intertubes. In the old days, registrars had to sacrifice someone over 6 feet tall, which is why you all are so damned short now. It seems the explosive popularity of the WWW has depleted the supply of Chinese citizens of normal height.
Please let us know when we can expect delivery of our domain names as we will wait for the UPS guy on the day of delivery. The last time they left them outside on the stoop, someone stole them. I bet he was Chinese.
Years ago, if you dealt with domain names in any way, your snail mailbox probably saw one of these pieces of mail at least once every couple of months.
Scamming pieces of shit would send out mail to publicly available registered owners of domains with what looked like a legitimate renewal bill for their domain. You would pay them money and your domain wouldn’t get renewed.
Because, you know… they weren’t really your registrar.
They were scamming pieces of shit. We had already established this. Try to stick with me, mkay?
Well, the long, atrophied arm of the law came down on them and they got in big trouble for doing that. The number of mails received went down drastically.
But the allure of an easy buck was just sitting there. They didn’t want to do fake renewals any longer, since it was already skylined and therefore subject to the law of diminished returns, but they knew that there was some way to continue on in the same tradition.
Enter these geniuses: