There are two possibilities.
1. this is a scam, the Hong Kong company might try to trick you to register the other extensions through domain names with them. I have seen similar letters many time before. But usually they end with, that they are offering you, to have the first right to reg. your names before the other ones do it.
2. they may be real and show you the cursity... no who am I kidding, there is no other possibilities.
No matter what, if you have already regged the .us and .com then why are you afraid to loose them? If it was enough for you for 2 years to only own .us, then you dont need the other extensions.
And now where you also have secured the .com, you definatly dont need the other extensions. So dont worry, just delete their e-mail.
I don't think there is much chance of you losing your domains since the freely admit you were first. I would however register any other extensions you might want now, whilst they're still available...
It's a come-on to buy their overpriced domain registration service.
Nobody asks around before allowing a domain name registration.
Google this - "chinese domain scam" chinese domain scam - Google Search..
Agreed. Do not respond. You will only end up on the active list for chinese spam...
People, thank you all wholeheartedly for the advise. I appreciate it immensely. I had the intention of replying, saying that I would have to look for legal advice first, but it now looks like that would have been a horrible mistake. I normally can identify spam and phishing a mile away, but this one was so pointed at me and dealt with my domain name that I almost bit the bait. Post added at 03:12 AM Previous post was at 03:02 AM Yeah, that sounds logical. Like I said above, but e-mail was so different from the average Nigerian e-mail scam that it made me wonder if it was genuine in intent.
Lol, ok. Paranoia maybe? Embarrassing how that managed to push my FUD button (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) so easily. And THAT is a question I always had on my mind. I thought I HAD to secure as many as possible to avoid others "diluting" my domain name (whatever that is). I purchased the COM one last year when someone e-mailed me asking me if I intended to use it, and got a bit worried and bought it, but told him he could use the NET one if he liked (he never did, though).
Ed Post added at 03:14 AM Previous post was at 03:12 AM Again, that's what I've always asked myself. Must I? After this I am inclined to do it (will probably do that today), but is it really necessary?.
Ed Post added at 03:17 AM Previous post was at 03:14 AM Thanks for the Googling. I didn't imagine this was so common! I'm simply just one of their latest potential victims. Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to post here.
Oh, it's a good one.
It is actually an electronic version of a game that went on for decades by mail. Trademark lawyers used to get mail from law firms in Taiwan and Hong Kong "informing" them that someone was trying to register their clients' trademarks in those countries, and the firm would offer to oppose the other registrations and obtain registration for the clients for a fee. The letter would come with a forged publication from a Chinese trademark office.
The Nigerian 419 scam used to run on paper, too. The .com is available.....
So I'm just the newest potential victim of a very old scam. I didn't know it was also done through traditional mail. I'm glad I found this forum before did something stupid :-P..
Ye, I would be very carefull, if anyone says the words "we can register ___ for only ___" run away and use godaddy or another well known CHEAP registrar!.
Chances are they won't even allow you to move it and may ask for a few years in adv or somethign stupid.
You won't get much traffic from the .net or .org, so it's really only a comfort thing. So long as you've got the .com you'll be fine...
Thanks for clarifying that for me. It was a questions I've been asking myself for years, whether it was actually necessary to "cover all the bases" by getting multiple domains.
What is the correct procedure if I had responded to them in the past? I do remember myself responding a while ago when I got one of these.....
Like the others said, the best response is no response.
But if you do so at all, then only keep it at the same level as their previous communication. They ask if something's okay with you to do regarding your keyword name? Then you simply reply that no, it's really NOT okay.
Otherwise, if you take it up a notch by sending them several paragraphs of stress and mess, they'll take it up a notch too. What do they care? Anything they can get out of you is a bonus for them, since they've got nothing to lose.
But since you've already got the dot com, you've got everything. Nobody else registering anything similar should derail you from that fact. Actually, the best "response" to them would probably be going to your own registrar and boosting your 1 or 2 year dot com reg into a TEN year one. That would certainly send a clear enough message!..
Thanks for the advice. I usually wait until there's a couple of months left but, you are right, extending the registration period should send the clearest message possible without actually replying to their phishing expedition. I'll do that asap.