Another Domain Scam

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  1. Jeff
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    Jeff Canada Administrator Staff Member

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    Just got this email. Of course, it's a scam, but using very official language. Funnily enough, it comes from a free email address - deen_2008@operamail.com - rather than an email from a legitimate looking site. They are trying to get the recipient to register the .us version of an existing domain. They include your name and address from the whois of your domain, so that it looks like they know who you are. And they charge an incredible $75 per year!

    Here's the email:

    TITLE: Domain Notification: This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing - [domain].us

    Domain Extension Notification

    Domain Extensions - United States Country TLD

    1905 60th Place E.
    Suite F1724
    Bradenton, FL 34203
    United States of America

    Fax: 1 (718) 208-4213

    NOTICE

    ATT: [Name, Address and Phone Number snipped]

    Domain Name: [domain].us Is Now Available for Registration.

    Requested Reply: October 30th,2008

    Please be advised that the above noted domain name has now become available for registration.

    Consequently the possibility of a conflicting domain registration may occur.

    IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES LEGAL CODE

    TITLE 15, Sec 1125. False descriptions, and dilution of Trademarks and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)

    Be advised: Protecting a domain name registrant or trademark owner
    from confusing and/or conflicting domain name registrations is not the
    responsibility of the domain and trademark registration processes. In
    the event of a registration of the above noted domain by a third
    party, the UDRP may be applied under the following conditions.

    Evidence of Registration and Use in Bad Faith. - For the purposes of
    Paragraph 4(a)(iii), the following circumstances, in particular but
    without limitation, if found by the Panel to be present, shall be
    evidence of the registration and use of a domain name in bad faith:

    (i) circumstances indicating that the domain name registered or
    acquired the domain name primarily for the purpose of selling,
    renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the
    complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark or a
    competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess
    of your documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain
    name; or

    (ii) the domain name has been registered in order to prevent the owner
    of the trademark or service mark from reflecting the mark in a
    corresponding domain name, provided that you have engaged in a pattern
    of such conduct; or

    (iii) the domain name has been registered primarily for the purpose of
    disrupting the business of a competitor; or (iv) by using the domain
    name, registrant has intentionally attempted to attract, for
    commercial gain, Internet users to their web site or other on-line
    location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainant's
    mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement or
    your web site or location or of a product or service of a web site or
    location.

    In addition to remedies provided for by the URDP, section 4a
    (1)(2)(3) & b (1)(2)(3)(4) existing registrants, trademark and service
    mark owners are provided by DNNP on domain names that are identical
    with new ccTLD, TLD extentions, or domain names that are confusingly
    similar to their own.

    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

    Note: you may disregard this notice. If you disregard this notice
    or fail to reply:

    (a) The licensing rights of this domain name may be assigned to any
    other applicant who wishes to register it,

    (b) DNNP and or any ICANN accredited registrar will not be liable for
    loss of domain name license, identical or confusingly similar use of
    your company's domain name; or interruption of business activity or
    business losses.

    If you fail to register this domain it may be
    registered by any third party without further notice. Please advise
    us of your intent to (a) secure this domain name or (b) to leave this
    domain name for Public Registration.

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    CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM

    This is not a bill, you are under no
    obligation to register this domain. Should you wish to
    register [domain].us by credit card, we require
    your permission to debit your credit card. Please
    complete and agree to the following as it applies to you:

    I authorize to debit my credit card the amount selected below to register my domain
    [domain].us

    10 Years for $295.00 (Best Value)

    5 Years for $185.00

    2 Years for $99.00

    1 Years for $75.00

    Name: __________________________________
    Domain: [domain].us

    (as it appears on Credit Card)
    Credit Card:



    |___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|
    Visa |___| Mastercard
    |___|

    Expiry
    Date:____/____
    CVV/Card Verification # ___________
    (Mastercard/Visa
    its the final 3 digit number on back of card)


    Street Address:
    ________________________________________________________
    City: ______________________



    Postal Code: _______________ Telephone
    #:_____________________
    Email:_________________________________


    Today's Date:
    _______________________ Signature:
    ____________________________________


    Once you have completed all the required information, please
    return it to us by fax 1 (718) 208-4213

    B103008FO

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    The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally
    privileged information from the notification processing department of
    the DNNP. This information is intended only for the use of the
    individual(s) named above. If you do not wish to receive further updates
    from DNNP
    go to bitheowner.com/unsubscribe/ to unsubscribe . If you are
    not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure,
    copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the
    contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.
     
  2. Ceres

    Ceres New Member

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    The sad part is that someone new to the business might fall for it.
     
  3. Mice

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    Wow...that's really...sad...

    I must say that I've gotten similar emails, but they weren't for domains; I have gotten physical mail about moving over my domain names to another registrar for $30 more per year than I am already paying.

    It is sad that someone will fall for it, and their whole life could be torn down from fraud (if they provide their credit card number or more personal information).
     
  4. Bob

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    People really go out of their way to make these scams as real as possible, huh? I'm amazed someone toke the time to write that up and then mass send it ;)
     
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    Wow, thanks for posting this up! I'll make sure to be even more alert now.
     
  6. Jeff
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    Jeff Canada Administrator Staff Member

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    Just got a similar one:

    Clock Qin <clock.qin@hknsc.hk> wrote:
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We are Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited which is a domain name
    registration center in Asia. We received a formal application from a company
    who is applying to register “inforum” as their domain names and
    Internet keyword on December 2, 2008. After checking out, we found that this
    word has been used by your company, and this may involve your company name or
    trade mark, so it's our obligation to inform you this issue on time. If you
    think these domain names and the internet keyword are important to you and it
    is necessary to protect them by registering them ahead, please contact us
    within three business days. Thanks for your co-operation and support.
    Kind Regards,

    Clock Qin,
    Tel: +852-26757930 (ext8026)
    Fax: +852- 26757932
    Email: clock.qin@hknsc.hk
    Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited
    website: hknsc.hk

    Website:
    IP: 123.127.123.243
     
  7. Ceres

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    I can see how people might fall for this. The scammers set up a false website for their so-called company.
     
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    According to Beanstalk-inc.com scammers are introducing a new twist to this domain scam; they are now referencing the financial crisis as a secondary scare tactic:

     
  9. domain4buzz

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    these ppl are suck.. i dont know why they waisting there time in making such scames
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    MOTORCYCLE TIRES
     
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  10. RaghavK

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    cos it ends up working at times..and its worth for them even if the success rate is less than 1 percent..
     
  11. dnpimping.com

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    They definitely suck, the main problem is people are following for these tactics daily. I am sure there are thousands of these emails if not more sent out on a daily basis. If they get 1% - 2% of the people to fall for the scam, they have made enough to continue with it.

    Unfortunate that these creative minds could not do something better with there time!