.cn domain scam

Today I received the following email from [email protected]

[Note: If you also received this email, it's spam, my advice is to delete it!]

From [email protected] Wed Apr 02 07:58:16 2008
Received: from ([])
by peach.[host].com with esmtp (Exim 4.68)
(envelope-from <[email protected]>)
id 1JgwvB-0000vO-6L
for info@[host]; Wed, 02 Apr 2008 07:58:16 +0100
Received: from (HELO WWW-49DC599EB58) (envelope-from [email protected])
by (quarkmail-1.2.1) with ESMTP id S4192785AbYDBG6B
for info@[host]; Wed, 2 Apr 2008 14:58:01 +0800
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 15:01:52 +0800
From: “toby.yang” <[email protected]>
To: “info” <info@[host]>
Subject: Phurix. domain name
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
X-mailer: Foxmail 6, 10, 201, 20 [cn]
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
X-Spam-Status: No, score=2.1
X-Spam-Score: 21
X-Spam-Bar: ++
X-Spam-Flag: NO

Dear {tradename}.:

We are Beijing Inveis Network Information Technology Co.,Ltd which is the domain name register center in China.

We received a formal application from a company who is applying to register “{tradename}” as their domain names and Internet keyword on Apr 1st, 2008. Because this involved your company name or trade mark so we inform you in no time. If you considered these domain names and internet keyword are important to you and there was necessary to protect them by registering them first, contact us soon.





+86-10-82476192 (ext.612)

Fax: +86-10-62477798

Email: toby,[email protected]


Inveis Network Information Technology Co.,Ltd


Upon closer inspection I realise they don’t specify the domain extension, I visited their website to investigate further. Their main page contains statistical information about .cn domain names, which is the ccTLD for China.

It’s a nice idea, it looks like a legit email, and it plays on trademark law, which states that you MUST defend your trademark in order to maintain it.

However, the first thing I notice as odd is the , they use in the email address, then the fact they didn’t specify the domain these people are trying to register, and I’ve never heard of them.

A quick google of “” finds a blog post entitled “Domains scam“.

Apparently, they will register your domain under .cn and try to sell it back to you if you respond with any concerns over your domain name.

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  1. P Yehl said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 11:35 am

    We had received the same scam email today about our domain. Their website doesn’t even exist.

  2. jin said,

    October 31, 2008 @ 7:32 am

    Beijing Fridexing Technology Co., Ltd in Europe and North America to send a large number of spam, fraud cost domain name registration business, not all businesses have been deceived,

    Beijing Fridexing Technology Co., Ltd
    Tel: 086-010-61754370
    Tel/Fax: 086-010-61754370
    E-mail:[email protected]


    Add:Room 102,Building No.22, YanChengYuan ,
    ChangPing District,BeiJing,China


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