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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Domain registration scan: cn-registry.net / "Huabao Ltd"

This type of Chinese domain registration scam has been around for years.

From:    Jim Gong [jim.gong@cnregistry.net]
Date:    15 December 2015 at 13:40
Subject:    "petroldirect"

Dear CEO,

(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent, Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China.

We received an application from Huabao Ltd on December 14, 2015. They want to register " petroldirect " as their Internet Keyword and " petroldirect .cn "、" petroldirect .com.cn " 、" petroldirect .net.cn "、" petroldirect .org.cn " 、" petroldirect .asia " domain names etc.., they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find " petroldirect " conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

Best Regards,
General Manager 
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3008, Jiulong Building, No. 836 Nandan Road,
Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.cn-registry.net
In fact, there is no Huabao Ltd - it's just a made-up name that the scammers use to try to persuade you into buying some overpriced and worthless domains. Nobody is interested in buying these domains, and no domain registrar would contact you before registration in any case as it is not the responsibility of registrar to do so*.

I certainly don't recommend forwarding this to your CEO, as many CEOs will not understand the scam and may fall for it. If you do forward it, make you that you point out that this is a scam.

This scam has been around for so long, that I even made a video about it..

These following domains are all variations of the same rogue Chinese registrar:


* except in specific and limited circumstances (e.g sunrise applications) that do not apply here.

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