If you have domain names registered for your business website, keep an eye out for scam emails that try to trick you into registering further domain names that you most likely do not need.

The emails warn you that a third-party has applied to register a number of domain names based on your existing domain name, trademark, or brand name. They suggest that this third-party is apparently trying to capitalise on your brand name and steal your customers. They urge you to reply to the email if you want to stop the third-party from registering the domain names.

Do Not Reply to These Scam Emails

If you do reply, you will soon receive a follow-up email explaining that you will need to quickly register the domain names before the third-party does, thereby protecting your brand.

But, in fact, there is no third-party and there is no truth to the claim that someone else has attempted to register domain names related to your business.

Via this ruse, the scammers are able to trick business and website owners into registering a large number of domain names that they do not require and will not be an asset. The fees for registering these domain names can add up quickly and be a waste of your business’s money.

If you receive one of these emails, do not respond.  The best thing to do is just hit the “Delete” button.

Do Register Important Related Domains

All that said, it is often a good idea to register a few closely related domain names to protect your brand.  For example, if you have a .com.au domain, it’s worthwhile registering the .com and .net versions as well if they are available.

Keep in mind that companies that allow you to register domain names will not usually inform you if someone else registers another version.  If you have registered the domain name [your-website-name] .com, there is nothing stopping other people from registering [your-website-name] with other Top Level Domains (TLDs) such as .net, and .co.

A Typical Example of Such a Scam Email

Subject: Someone intended to use your domain names

Dear CEO,

We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on [recent date] applying to register [your-website-name] as brand name and domain names as below :
[your-website-name] .asia
[your-website-name] .cn
[your-website-name] .com.cn
[your-website-name] .com.hk
[your-website-name] .com.tw
[your-website-name] .hk
[your-website-name] .in
[your-website-name] .net.cn
[your-website-name] .org.cn
[your-website-name] .tw

After our initial checking, we found the brand name and these domain names being applied are as same as your company’s, so we need to confirm with your company. If the aforesaid company is your business partner or your subsidiary company, please DO NOT reply us, we will approve the application automatically.

If you have no any relationship with this company, please contact us within 7 workdays. If out of the deadline, we will approve the application submitted unconditionally.