Update: Recent versions of this no longer include the list of top-level domains (.aisa, etc.), presumably because a fair number of people who might have actually been concerned about the issue simply went off to their favourite registrar and registered the names. Or maybe it's just that the more vaguely worded message inspires a better response rate. Either way, it's the same scam.

If you get a mail message from a company purporting to be located somewhere in Asia that looks like this:

We are the (some group usually referring to domain registrations and disputes), we have something we need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on (recent date). A company called "(random registering company name)" are applying to register "(your brand)" as Brand Name and Domains.

(your brand).asia (Asia)
(your brand).cn (China)
(your brand).com.cn (China)
(your brand).com.hk (Hong Kong)
(your brand).com.tw (Taiwan)
(your brand).hk (Hong Kong)
(your brand).in (India)
(your brand).net.cn (China)
(your brand).org.cn (China)
(your brand).tw (Taiwan)

But we found that "(random registering company name)" is not the original owner of the brand and trademark in the checking period, which belong to your company. I need confirm with you whether your company authorized that company to register these domain names. If you have done that, we will finish the registration for them and link to their website. If not, please let me know ASAP.

Then ignore it. It's a scam. Eventually they'll offer to register these domains for you for a ludicrous fee ($2000 for domains that should cost a few hundred dollars at most). You can also expect that they'll actually retain ownership of the domains if you're gullible enough to proceed, so they can really hold you hostage in another year.

The anti-spam tool site firetrust.com has a good description of the issue that features several posts of domain scam spam mail in the comments.

For many, your first web site has a very simple goal. You've registered a domain and you need to get rid of the default under construction / advertising page.

Your first site might contain very little: your business name, some contact information, a short description of what you do, and if you have a retail location, a map. Many of our clients are surprised when we create these sites in Joomla and a stock template. This article explains why we do.


Many of our customers get confused by the terminology used to describe their web site. This is partially because customers have a holistic view: an online presence is a single thing that's either working or broken. Meanwhile, technical people see all the individual components and need to identify which part is causing concern.

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  • Domain name
  • Domain registrar
  • Domain Name Server (DNS)
  • Hosting provider

Web site developers and designers can move, switch jobs, or change careers. Sometimes they just seem to disappear. If you depended on your developer to maintain your site, this can be a real cause for concern.

Although never a pleasant circumstance, if your site is built with a well known package like Joomla, you're in a much better position than you would be if you had a proprietary or custom built solution. This is because there are many alternative suppliers who can help you out, and if you have some technical knowledge you can even do it on your own.

This guide is designed to help give you the information you need to make an informed decision on how to proceed.


If you receive a confusing message that appears to be from your domain registrar, check it very carefully. We have seen many phishing attempts, hidden in messages pretending to be from well-known registrars such as Network Solutions and Enom.


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