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There have been several reports this summer of a so-called "Chinese domain scam." As part of the scam, legitimate domain owners receive a questionable email, urging them to register their trademarked domains with Chinese extensions (like .cn) for a hefty premium – or risk losing the domain to another interested party.
What the Chinese Domain Scam looks like: "We are China’s internet domain services company and last week, we received an application from a Chinese company that has requested we register “[NAME OF U.S. COMPANY”] as their internet name and China (CN) domain name. But after checking into it, we learned that 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? Please respond soonest."
If you receive any emails that resemble the above message, the single best action you can take is disregard and delete it. Please also share this warning with partners to make sure they're on the lookout as well.
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In these cases, it's usually best to contact their registrar about the issue. They'll be able to tell if something is legitimate.