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“Intellectual Property” scam

Within the past week two customers have received remarkably similar emails from Asian companies which say that they have received an application to register a domain name which is the same as the main part of your domain name (eg, in our case it would be cornwellinternet). They may mention trademark and anti-cybersquatting issues. They ask you to get in touch quickly or they will go ahead and register this domain name which is similar to yours.

This is a scam and you can safely ignore these emails should you receive one. That’s the short version. There is more information here.

And while I’m on the topic of scams, people with international domains (.com, .org) are still receiving letters from Domain Registry of America, Domain Registry of Europe and similarly named enterprises, usually just less than six months before the domain they mention expires and offering to renew it. These too are a scam, see this article. The main give-away here is the 4½pt small print on the back of the letter. Most of our customers let us handle the domain renewal and this is something we do in the three months before expiry (unfortunately we cannot do it any earlier than that). The cost in included in the annual fee.

2 Responses to ““Intellectual Property” scam”

  1. Brian Lister Says:

    Biscuit Publishing is one of the targeted websites which received one of these scam messages. It really did look genuine (and I’m not easily fooled – I don’t think!- by the usual spammers). My immediate reaction on reading the email was, thankfully, to contact my website manager Roger. Within seconds he replied giving me the lowdown on what was happening. Cornwell Internet is brilliant!

  2. Roger Cornwell Says:

    Thanks, Brian!

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