Scam to register Asian domain names

For several years, Asian companies have been pressuring firms to register identical domain names in Asian Top-Level-Domains (TLDs). It is a kind of scam called “Slamming”, and is an illegal practice to mislead firms in order to sell them unsolicited services.

Unknown third party, pressure, threats, high prices…

The slamming scam always begins with an email, written in English and adressed to the CEO of the targeted company. The hustler tries to contact the manager who is often ignorant of the rules related to domain names.

They present themselves as accredited Asian registrars, mainly in China. This unknown third party notifies the firm that one of their clients wants to register domain names containing the trademark of the tartget of the scam.

The eager Asian "registrar" realized that the targeted firm owns the rights to the domain names in question. For “ethical” reasons, the Asian provider kindly offers to register the domain in the name of the target instead of for their “client”. The prices are often prohibitive. The greedy scammer threatens to proceed with the initial domain registration request if the rights holder does not purchase the domain names within seven to fifteen days.

How do you react when faced with slamming?

When you receive the email, contact your usual domain name registrar. They will confirm the action as being a scam by the Asian registrar.

Several companies take advantage of these attacks to draft an efficient naming strategy. In fact, it is useless to register domain names in unpopular TLDs (see our ranking) such as .ORG.CN.

If your firm has interests in the Asian region then registrations in .ASIA and in the few local Country-Code-Top-Level-Domains (ccTLDs) were you are located (ex: .HK HongKong, .IN India, .JP Japan, .KR Korea, .SG Singapore, .TW Taiwan…) are more appropriate.

Overview of the companies involved

A lot of our clients regularly send us fraudulent emails they have received. The following list identifies the Asian providers involved in slamming cases.

  • Asia Channel Limited
  • Asia Domain Name Registrar
  • Asian Domain Registration Service in Asia
  • Asian Domain Registration Service in China
  • Asian Domain Registration Service in China (variant)
  • Asian Domain Registration Service in China (Shanyue group variant)
  • Asian Domain Registration Service in China (Touno/Rikako group variant)
  • Asia Gov Link Net Servic Company Limited
  • Asia Network
  • ASIA NianB Group (China) Co. Ltd
  • ASIADNR (Asia Domain Name Registration Limited)
  • Beijing Erimart Network Service Co., Ltd
  • Beijing Haimai Fangzhou Technology Co., Ltd
  • Centen Ltd
  • CN Network Information Center
  • China domain name registration center
  • China domain name registration center (variant)
  • China Net Technology Limited
  • Chinanetworks.cn
  • China Onenet.hk
  • Chine Fewodns
  • China Registry
  • D3-Network
  • DC Internet Data Center (dcidc)
  • Dekadns
  • Dekaceter
  • Des-services.com.cn (des-services.org)
  • DIC Network Register Center Ltd
  • Dikasia
  • Dings Network Technology LTD
  • Dish Network Solutions LTD
  • Dis Network Information Center
  • Dis Nic
  • Dns IP Network
  • DO Web Services (do-web.org)
  • DSA Web Register Center Ltd
  • DS Reto Ltd
  • DSK Net Center (dsknet.org)
  • DUS Web Solutions Ltd
  • Eworld HK
  • Fexon Technology Limited
  • hkcreating
  • HKIP
  • HK (HongKong) China Technology Ltd
  • HKITOS, HongKong IT Outsourcing Service
  • HongKong Net Center
  • Huaxiong LTD
  • Jiang Zhihai
  • JYM Registry Ltd
  • Meyinet
  • NAAS IT COMPANY
  • NaS Technology Information Center
  • NenGTLD
  • Netadviser.cn
  • Newz-asia
  • NowDigital Online co
  • Nus-center.org
  • One Net Technology Limited
  • PIX-NOW Public Information
  • Professional Web Solutions Ltd
  • Public Internet Data Center Ltd
  • Publicip
  • Publicweb
  • Qratis Holding, Inc
  • Shanghai Deka Central Admin Registry, Ltd
  • Shanghai Dik public registry solutions
  • Shanghai FeWo Corporate Domains Limited
  • Shanghai Huibai Internet Service Co., Ltd
  • Shanghai IDC Co., Ltd
  • Shanghai Lnchy Networks Registry, Ltd
  • ShangHai NanZhan Computer Technology Co.,Ltd
  • Shanghai NET Network I T Co., Ltd
  • Shanghai SPS Network Technology Co., Ltd
  • Shanghai SQL Network Information Technology Co., Ltd
  • Shanghai Yi Guan Co., Ltd
  • SK Net Service Company Limited
  • Squil.cn
  • TS Network Information Center
  • Webworld Technology Limited
  • West Technology Limited
  • West Technology, Hong Kong Auditing
  • World Wide Network Asia
  • WVON Network China Co., Ltd
  • YG Registry (CN)
  • Yiguan Network
  • Yiyu
  • Zhuri China

Sample of slamming e-mail

  • (Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On April 21, 2014, we received an application from Huakai Holdings Ltd requested "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

    Kind regards

    Charles Zhang
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 182 2195 1605
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
    Web: www.yiguandns.com
  • Joel Li

    Joel Li
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Headquarters)
    B06, Yujing Building, No.1 Jihe Road,
    Shanghai 201107, China
    Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
    Mobile: +86 182 2195 1605
    Fax: +86 21 6191 8697

    Web: www.chinanetworks.cn
  • Dear Sir/Madam,

    About the "[YOUR COMPANY]". We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on May 7, 2014 that a company claimed "Cenldurry Company/Centdunrry Company/ElndYhen Company" were applying to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Net Brand and some "[YOUR COMPANY]" Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for "Cenldurry Company/Centdunrry Company/ElndYhen Company" Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    (It's very urgent, so please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)

    Andy Dong/John Feng

    Senior Consultant Manager
  • (This is a very important case, so please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)

    Dear CEO/Principal,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on May 21, 2014 that a company claimed "ElndYhen Company" were applying to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Net Brand and some "[YOUR COMPANY]" Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for "ElndYhen Company" Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Eric Ma
    Senior Consultant Manager
  • Dear,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in Asia. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on May 19, 2014 that a company claimed "Longfu Holdings Ltd" were applying to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Internet Brand and some "[YOUR COMPANY]" Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for "Longfu Holdings Ltd" Looking forward to your prompt reply.


    Best Regards,

    Sandy Li
    Technique Department
  • Dear CEO/Principal,

    This is Andy Zhang---Senior Consultant of domain name registration and solution center in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 22, 2014. that a company claimed "RANTRANCE LTD" were applying to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Network Brand and some "[YOUR COMPANY]" Asian countries top-level domain names(in/hk/tw/etc) and China (CN) domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for "RANTRANCE LTD". Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    (This is a very important case, so please transfer this email to your CEO or Principal. Thanks a lot.)

    Best Regards,

    Andy Zhang

    Senior Consultant Manager

    NAAS IT COMPANY
    www.naasonline.org.cn
  • Dear CEO/Principal,

    We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on May 19, 2014 that a company claimed "PlrenHing Company" were applying to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Net Brand and some "[YOUR COMPANY]" Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for "PlrenHing Company" Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Lena Zhang
    Senior Consultant Manager
    NowDigital Online co
  • (Please check this email seriously and transfer it to responsible person. Thanks!)

    How are you! The reason why I am sending you this email is because we received an application from "SYT Industry Ltd" today who wants to register the brand name:"keepalert" and some relevant domains under "keepalert" in different areas.
    Due to the applicant's name "SYT Industry Ltd" is quite different from "[YOUR COMPANY]", so we checked in system and found "[YOUR COMPANY]" is your using name. In accordance with domain registration principle, we are obliged to inform you this case. Please confirm whether "SYT Industry Ltd" was authorized by you. If not, please contact me within 7 workdays for letting us handle this case properly. Out of the period, we would regard this application was authorized by you and accept their application legally. Looking forward to your prompt confirmation.

    Andy Sun
    DS Reto signature
  • Dear President,

    We are a department of registration service in China. Now we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on May 19, 2014,One company self-styled "Qratis Holding, Inc" are applying to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as brand name and domain names as below:

    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].asia
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].cn
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].com.cn
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].com.hk
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].com.tw
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].hk
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].in
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].net.cn
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].org.cn
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].tw

    After our initial examination, we found that the brand name applied for registration is as same as your company's name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this "Qratis Holding, Inc" are the same company, there is no need reply to us, We will accept their application and will register those for them immediately.

    If your company has no relationships with that company nor authorized,please reply to us within 7 workdays,if we can't get any information from your side over 7 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by "Qratis Holding, Inc".

    Thanks for your cooperation.

    Best Regards,
  • To whom it may concern:

    We are the Department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. We have something to confirm with you. On May 23, 2014, we received an application in which a company by the name Touno Group/Rikako Group applied to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Brand Name and some Asian top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration. After our initial checking, we found that the name are identical to your company's. We need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If not, please let us know within 7 workdays, in which case we will dicuss the matter more thoroughly. If not otherwise advised within that time limit we will proceed with the registration for Touno Group/Rikako Group. We will be waiting for your reply. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Jim Yan
    Director of International Business - Registration Department
    Tel:0086 (0)551 6349 5334
    Fax:0086 (0)551 6349 5344
    Web: www.dsk.asia
    Address: No.70 Wangjiang East Road Hefei AnHui P.R.China
    2014-5-23
  • To whom it may concern:

    We are the Department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. We have something to confirm with you. On May 27, 2014, we received an application in which a company by the name SHANYUE GROUP applied to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Brand Name and some Asian top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration. After our initial checking, we found that the name are identical to your company's. We need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If not, please let us know within 7 workdays, in which case we will dicuss the matter more thoroughly. If not otherwise advised within that time limit we will proceed with the registration for SHANYUE GROUP. We will be waiting for your reply. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Linda Yang
    Director of International Business - Registration Department
    Phone: +86.55165184482
    Fax: +86.55165128724
    Web: www.pipc.asia
    Address: No. 789, XiYou Road, ZhengWu District, HeFei City, AnHui Province,
    China
    2014-5-27
  • To whom it may concern:

    We are the Department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. We have something to confirm with you. On May 23, 2014, we received an application in which a company by the name Touno Group/Rikako Group applied to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their Brand Name and some Asian top-level domain names through our firm.

    Now we are handling this registration. After our initial checking, we found that the name are identical to your company's. We need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If not, please let us know within 7 workdays, in which case we will dicuss the matter more thoroughly. If not otherwise advised within that time limit we will proceed with the registration for Touno Group/Rikako Group. We will be waiting for your reply. Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Jim Yan
    Director of International Business - Registration Department
    Tel:0086 (0)551 6349 5334
    Fax:0086 (0)551 6349 5344
    Web: www.dsk.asia
    Address: No.70 Wangjiang East Road Hefei AnHui P.R.China
    2014-5-23
  • Dear Manager,
    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)
    This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration in China. We received an application from Centen ltd on May 19th, 2014. They want to register "[YOUR COMPANY]" as their internet keyword and China/Asia (CN/ASIA) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?.
    Best Regards,
    Abby Wang

    General Manager
    Anhui Office (Head Office)
    Registration Department Manager
    Room 1008 Shenhui Building
    Haitian Road, Huli Anhui, China
    Office: +86 0553 4994789
    Fax: +86 0553 4994789
    web: www.yg-network.org
  • Dear Sirs,

    We are Centen Ltd based in Chinese office, our company has submitted the "[YOUR COMPANY]" as CN domain name and Internet Keyword, we are waiting for Ms. abby's approval. We hope your company will not object our application, because this name is very important for our products in Chinese market. We don't want your company to use this name in China, we believe our company will become the legal owner of this name in China. Even though Ms. abby advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name and permanent registration of this name.

    Best regards

    Ye Yun

    Centen Ltd
  • Dear [YOUR NAME]:

    Thanks for email.
    Based on your company having no relationship with them, we have suggested they should choose another name to avoid this conflict but they insist on this name as CN/Asia domain names (.asia/.cn/.com.cn) and internet keyword on the internet. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company and register it to promote his company. You must know Domain name takes open registration, this is international domain name registration principle. Any companies or individuals have rights to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Because your company haven't registered this name as CN/ASIA domains and internet keyword on the internet, anyone can obtain them by registration. As a domain name registrar, we have no right to dispute their application. However, in order to avoid this conflict, as the owner of the name or trademark, your company will get the priority to make this registration in our audit period. If you think these domain names are useful for your company application form and the price list to you and help you register these CN/ASIA domain names (.asia/.cn/.com.cn/) and internet keyword within dispute period.

    Kind regards.

    Abby Wang
  • Dear Manager,

    (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)

    This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China. We received an application from Huahong Ltd on May 26, 2014. They want to register " [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN] " as their Internet Keyword and " [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN] .cn "、" [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN] .com.cn " 、" [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN] .net.cn "、" [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN] .org.cn " domain names etc.., they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find " [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN] " conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?


    Best Regards,
    Jim
    General Manager
    Shanghai Office (Head Office)
    3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
    Tel: +86 216191 8696
    Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
    Fax: +86 216191 8697
    Web: www.yg-registry.cn
  • Dear Sirs,

    Our company based in chinese office, our company has submitted the "[YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN]" as CN(.cn/.com.cn/.net.cn/.org.cn) domain name and Internet Keyword, we are waiting for Mr. Jim's approval. We think this name is very important for our products in Chinese market. Even though Mr. Jim advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

    Best regards

    Jiang zhihai
  • Dear Sir or Madam,

    Sorry to trouble you.

    We had discussed the case about your company's domains. We did not receive your reply until now. In this case, we think you have given up these domains.So we will help that company register them after 3 workdays. That company will become the legal owner of these names in the world. We have notified you, so we are not responsible for any dispute questions about intellectual property right and trade mark after they succeed in registration. If you have further questions, please contact us within 3 workdays.

    Best Regards,

    Tina Tang

    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Dear Sir or Madam,

    We are a senior domain registrar in Hong Kong, specilized in dealing with relevant infringement and dispute event of domain. On April 9, 2014, a company named Animate Development Company applied for registering following domains with us.
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].asia
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].com.hk
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].hk
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].net
    [YOUR SECOND-LEVEL DOMAIN].tw

    After checking, we found it conflicted with your name and Trademark, so we would like to confirm with you.

    Whether you consigned Animate Development Company to register these domains? Or are they your subbranch?

    Please do forward this email to your relevant department and make confirmation with me ASAP. Thank you.

    Best Regards,

    Tina Tang

    Senior Consultant
    T: +852-3 069 74 34 (English)
    +852-3 050 69 49 (Chinese)
    F: +852 3 069 74 09
    Email:tina.t@hkipnet.com
    Website:www.hkip.hk


    HK IP, is a leader in providing comprehensive E-business solutions, including domain name registration,corporation email, web hosting, website building and internet marketing. As one of the earliest ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) accredited
  • Dear CEO or Director,

    We are a senior domain registrar in Hong Kong.
    1.On Oct.10, 2013, we received an application formally. One company named Lanjue Investment Co. wanted to register the Network Marketing Keyword "[YOUR COMPANY]" with some related domain names with our organization.
    2. During our preliminary investigation, we found that these Domain Names' keyword is identical with your Trade Mark, this is why we inform you.
    3. I wonder whether did you consigned Lanjue Investment Co. to register these Domain Names with us?

    Currently, we have already postponed this company's application. Pls let the relevant principal make a confirmation with me ASAP.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Alice Liu
    Hong Kong
    Tel: +852 -3050 6765(English)
    +852 -3050 6949(Chinese)
    Fax: +852 -3069 7409
    Mail: aliu@hkcreating.com
    Internet: www.hkcreating.hk

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    Dear [YOUR NAME]

    I called you last week, but I don't know why no one answered the phone all the time.I know you read my last email, but I don't know why you didn't give me a reply? If you have any questions on your side, pls contact me, I will try to help you solve it.We can not proceed our work before we get your reply.Waiting for your prompt reply.

    Best Regards,

    Alice Liu

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