I received the following email today from a Chinese “entrepreneur”.
The email is a rather exaggerated attempt at selling Chinese domain name registrations via the 87Global.hk web site.
The email sender’s reply address @ “Registry-China.org” redirects to 87Global.hk – a domain which in turn was registered by “Wang Yugen”.
Both the above domains have been registered and online less than three months…
The domain “registrar” site does provide legitimate lists of Asian Pacific and European domains.
Asia Pacific Domain Extensions
European Domain Extensions
The site also has a form for registering the following extensions including .Com.Cn domains albeit – at unbelievably high prices.
The .Com.Cn domain is an interesting extension. I am not sure how it came about, but Google already finds about 524,000,000 pages with “com.cn” in them.
I am sure if I did some digging, I would find that both site’s have content that was either – in whole or in part – copied and pasted directly from known and reputable registrar sites.
What I am not sure of is whether anyone has ever registered a domain successfully through either one of the two domains mentioned above.
The aforementioned email:
(If you are NOT the CEO, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks.)
We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on October 17th, 2008, One company which self-styled “POI Soft, Inc.” are applying to register “marketingprinciples” as internet brand and CN domain names as below:
After our initial examination, we found that the internet brand applied for registration are as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it. hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this “POI Soft, Inc.” as the same company, there is no need reply to us, We will accept their application and will register those for them immediately.
If your company has no relationships with that company nor do not authorized, please reply to us within 7 workdays, if we can’t get any information from yours over 7 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by “POI Soft, Inc.” .
Thanks for your cooperation.
If you have an interest in registering your brand or brands in foreign markets and instead of risking domain registration with an unknown registrar, visit Internic to find an accredited registrar for the country and language you plan to register in.
Incidentally, none of the above Chinese “registrars” are listed on Internic’s page of accredited registrars.