StarEast Domain Name Scams

There is a new scare tactic scam out. Just when I started to think that the world had enough of the Nigerian-Strangled-Damsel-in-Distress-without-a-passport and the-Huge-trunk-of-money-waiting-for-you type of scams… you find out that there is a new type of internet-domain-name scam…!!! I guess the scammers are getting more education now…!

Here is what a typical email would look like…

Dear CEO,
We are the domain name registration organization in Asia, which mainly deal with international company’s in Asia. We have something important need to confirm with your company.
On the Mar. X , 2008, we received an application formally. One company named “XXX company ” wanted to register following

Domain names:
MyDomain.cn
MyDomain.com.cn   
MyDomain.net.cn   
MyDomain.org.cn   
MyDomain.tw   
MyDomain.com.tw   
MyDomain.hk   
MyDomain.com.hk   
MyDomain.asia

Internet brand keyword:
    MyDomain
through our body.

After our initial examination, we found that the keywords and domain names applied for registration are as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it. If you do not know this company, we doubt that they have other aims to buy these domain names. Now we have not finished the registration of  Luyun AP Company yet, in order to deal with this issue better, Please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

Auditing Department
TEL: 00852-8122 6293
FAX: 00852-8125 7328
Email:solomon.hu_asiadns.org.cn
Web: star-east.hk

Oh Yeh it would get you going for a while… You would be concerned about some Lolo company getting your domain name…! So pop them with the most obvious questions… Ofcourse now that they know they got your attention, and that there is indeed someone to respond to this particular email address… they send their “very concerned” yet helpful reply…

If you have no relationship with them. According to our working experience, there are 2 possibilities:
1. XXX company is a domain name investment company, they want to register these names before you and sell back to you to gain profits.
2. It may be a commercial method, XXX company is consigned by your competitor to register, make your clients confused.
 
We knew you have registered the domain name “MyDomain.com” and own the intellectual property, this is why we informed you. But now XXX company do not want to register your trademark or domain name “MyDomain.com”, they wanted to apply for other domain names and keyword you have not registered yet. Because domain name takes open registration, this is international domain name registration principle. So XXX company has right to register it. As a domain name registrar, we have no right to dispute their application. So required by China government  to inform your company to protect your interest.

As the owner of “MyDomain.com”, you will get the priority to register these domain names and keyword. Of course, each company has their own idea. If you don’t think their application will affect your company, you can give up, we will finish their registration. But if you think their registration will confuse your clients and harm your profits, we can send an application form to you and help you register these within dispute period. This is the only way to prevent domain name grab. Hope get your decision ASAP, so that we can handle the next step.

Best regards

 The Next Step is probably where you would loose it 🙂

Further research has shown that some have been charged with bills of $829.81 PER YEAR to register all such useless domain names… (along with a profit sheet of how much they would save by doing it through their domain servers) 🙂 …

You can see a huge list of domain name scammers here! But this list of organized scams is getting shorter by the day. Thanks to blogs… all it takes is 5 minutes of Google-ing to know that such scams will never last

 

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24 Responses

  1. I got that one a few weeks ago, and received two today:
    AsiaDNR (Asia DNR) From Jeff Chan

    and

    Fexon Technology Limited from ronnie.

    Both in the same day, both look almost the same.

    Hopefully the search engines wil pick up on these two in this post, and people will find them here.

  2. I’ve received it from nicky.cheung@adnrl.com from “Asia Domain name registration Limited”, (Asia DNR). They have even a web: http://www.asiadnr.net

  3. Thanks so much for this posting! I was about to get scammed! They sent it to me last week and have continued contacting me as the CEO with the exact same message!

    Crazy online world! Thanks again!

  4. Hey thanks for this post! Very Helpful! I stoped responding to them…This was the last of thier very concerned emails..

    “We always talk about the case of your company domain name recently,as aforesaid I told that the domain name registration is open to the world,we have no rights to interfere with other people to register .The auditing time is coming soon,have you decided?We need to arrange the records during the process of dealing with domain name registration,all the files need to deliver to domain name disputed arbitration committee,we really want to help you,but we haven’t got any news from you so far,it is hard for us to start our work, if you need to use your registration priority,we will send you the application form to help you finish the registration.
    I know your time is precious,and so do ours,we hope that you can take out some time,let us together to deal with the case,please give me your exact reply at the first time when you see the mail. I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP.
    Best regards” 🙂

  5. Wow, thanks, we were contacted also.. I was concerned after i saw their reply. Power to the people.. thanks for posting this!

  6. They almost got me also. I got as far as getting the less than impressive “registration” document with the more than impressive pricing. Took a look at their website and wasn’t convinced, so started googling them and came across this article.

    I have to say it’s a clever scam and an effective one….I hate to think how much they are making. But at least they are greedy…if the costs on the registration document had been significantly less, they may have got me after all.

    Thanks for the post !!!!!

  7. almost got me too…this one is good…

  8. I got the exact same message from someone by the name of “Seven” and I realized something was not right about the email (the broken English etc.) I did a google on the company name and came across this post. Awsome job, wouldn’t have been able to draw a final conclusion about this scam without your help.

    John

  9. Thanks for the heads up. After receiving this email I started researching the company ‘STAR EAST’ and found your blog. I alomost got hooked, but I know better that to trust anyone sending me email out of the blue.

    Thanks again,

    Kevin

  10. Because we do business in China, I got interested in the email they sent me. For one or two minutes I almost fell for it… Although I am glad I decided to search the web first.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Marco

  11. thank you for the info on this scam. we were emailed today – exact same – found your info from google search of Star East- thanks again

  12. Thanks for the blog, we got one also from Asia Domain Name Registration Limited (Adnrl) Brent.Zhao sent it.

  13. Got one on 17th from Kevin. Tian. Did not respond thanks to this blog

  14. Our company received similar email from someone named Amy Chen. I freaked out at first, and to protect our company’s identity, we actually called and wrote to them to confirm this matter. All she said was, if you don’t want people to steal the identity, I will send you a quotation so that you can reserve your domain and identity. Suprise, surprise! The price she sent us was triple of what we normally pay for all of our domains! Started to realise that this was a scam, I quickly register the suggested domain that involves our company name with the normal host. Guess what. after months of ignoring this company’s threat, I received another one today:

    Subject: [*SPAM*] Re: keep quiet all the time

    Dear Miss/Sir

    I am very sorry that you handle this matter with such attitude. I can’t contact you for such a long time. I also don’t know where is the key problem is.I just want to help you protect intellectual property right instead of you would do as what I said to you. You own the preferential right to register these domain names,but it does not mean it belongs to you. If you think they are not important for you, you can abandon and we will register for Universe Limited Company.Once Universe Limited Company apply successfully, the possess right of these domain names belongs to Universe Limited Company not yours. That means you will lose the market in these domains. It becomes the key point of why the global domain names becomes so important. For it affects whether a company brand can exist or not.If you think we are helping you, pls contact us asap for the dispute time is almost at its end. Pls tell us your decision so that we can handle the next step.

    Best Regards,

    Amy Chen
    ——————————————————-

    Asia DNR Ltd
    TEL:+852-3059-3099
    FAX:+852-3177-1520
    +852-3177-1510
    Website: http://www.asiadnr.net

    ——————————————————————————–

    Amy.chen
    2008-04-24

  15. @Didi: Interesting Subject line “keep quiet all the time” looks like they into poetry 🙂

  16. Thanks for the blog!! I got this recently as well. I’ve even had several phone calls from them trying to get me to buy these domains but after a call to GoDaddy and Googling ‘Star East’ I found this blog. I’ll wait for them to call me again so I can help them ‘lose face’ in their own language!!! (I speak fluent Mandarin).

  17. I have received two emails for the same domain. One I received today and the last one I received was in February 2008. Surprisingly the emails were for the same domain name but stated different client names in the email.

    The senders were different names. The latest one’s sender was Brent Lee and the earlier one was a chinese name that I cannot recall.

    The emails were sent from auditing officer of “Asia DNR” (the latest one) and the earlier one’s sender was the auditing officer of “Asia DNS”

  18. I received one of these emails today ( 28 May 08) from Ruby Liao. It included my company’s name in the subject line. The company presented itself as asiadm. They claimed that “Hutien Fmtr Company” or “Hktie Fmt Company” (the company’s name changed during the course of the email) was after a long laundry list of versions of my company’s name. They also claimed that they also wanted to register the name of the company as an Internet trademark, which I believe is the same as our name. (May be mistaken).

    I had my suspicions about this email and started Googling. I’m glad I found this article. There doesn;t seem to be a whole lot of info in cyberpace on this yet.

  19. Thank you so much for this, I received one this am saying the same with a co called XIANFENG Holdings Ltd Co trying to use my trademark registered name. As I pointed out to them this Co does not exist and I would forward their email to my lawyers. They have not replied!
    Still a horrid start to the day and a waste of time.
    So glad to have had my suspicions confirmed . Thank you for posting this.

  20. Thank you all for keeping this post alive…. Alot of people are benefiting from the comments on this page too! Keep the post alive!! 🙂
    Have a great day!

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  21. Thanks very much for this blog post. I received the very same email just 10 mins ago! I thought it looked like a scam but this has just confirmed it. Grr these people wasting my time.

  22. Thanks for your informations. On may 30th I recieved such email. It make me very anxious as it’s my professionnal domain name which seem to be affected. But as I am very carefully I undertooke a lot of investigations with Internet and I discovered on ICANN web site that the company (named AsiaDNR Limited) which sent me that email was not on the list of authorised registrar. So I began to imagine it was a swindle . You confirm it’s really one. Thanks; I ‘m very angry with such clots people (connard in french as I’m french) which waste my time

  23. Thanks, the scam is still going. We just received one almost word for word of your examples. Crafty little buggers aren’t they? Fortunately I didn’t like the look of it and I didn’t reply.

  24. I recieved an email from isaacks@theonlinebrokerage.com he was interested in buying one of my domain names, ends up i believe he was trying to direct me to a domain appraisel co. called DomainExplorer.org they wanted $90 to do this. I believe this to be a scam and this fellow is telling people to go to this site or he won’t do business with you after offering $15,000 to purchase your site. Thought i had to tell someone.
    Thanks, Todd Basinger

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