A suspicious email scam was delivered to my inbox earlier from Easton Zhang firstname.lastname@example.org. I was kinda freaked out at first, because apparently some company in China is about to use my domain name, but somehow I feel suspicious about this email and did a little search. The email says:
(Letter to Head of Brand Business or CEO)
This is a formal email. Please check it seriously and transfer it to responsible person, thanks. We are the auditing department of a professional domain name registration and dispute solution organization. Today, we formally received an online application that a company claimed "Sec Int'l Co., Ltd" were applying to register "sitebytommy" as their Brand Name and some "sitebytommy" Important top-level domain names. Now we are handling this registration,after our audit department checking,we found this is conflict with your company's using name.
According to the registration principle,we will audit every application of our customer in order to avoid the conflict of the intellectual property. You are the original name owner,so I am sending you this E-mail to check if your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this,we will finish the registration at once,otherwise,please inform me as soon as possible.
Our time limit for dissent application is 7 workdays. Out of the period, we would regard this application was authorized by you and accept their application legally. Looking forward to your prompt confirmation. Have an outstanding day!
Tel:+86.551 6349 5334 Fax:+86.551 6349 5344
Address:No.8 BeiJing Road Hefei AnHui P.R.China
If you receive similar emails, DO NOT reply or forward, DO NOT click any links in the email, simply DELETE it immediately!! Because if you reply them, eventually they'll ask you to pay some money to buy the conflicted domain names from them. These scammers are preying on people’s fears, and trying to peddle unnecessary services.
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