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I'm the (acting) webmaster for the Roodepoort Hiking Club (RHC). I received the following email and I'm trying to figure out if this is a genuine request or some kind of phishing. I went to whois to check the domains, but still can't figure it out.
We are a professional intellectual property right consultant organization in Asia, who mainly deal with the global domain name registration and internet intellectual property right protection.
Right now we have an important issue to confirm with you. On October .9. 2009, we formally received an application, one company named " Jacken S&T Info Corp." applied for the brand keyword " Rhc" and following domain names:
with our organization
During our preliminary investigation, we found that these domain names' keyword is identical with your trademark. I wonder whether you consigned Jacken company to register these domain names with us? Or is Jacken company your business partner or distributor in Asia? If you have no relationship with this company, we assume that they have other purposes to obtain these domain names.
Currently, we have already postponed this company's application temporarily. Therefore please let the relevant person make a confirmation with me by telephone or email as soon as possible.
I don't trust it at all. I would just say ignore it and delete it. Chances are if whoever sent this gets no reply, maybe they will try to 'threaten' you with 'legal' action, but I doubt it. If you don't bite, I am sure the scammer will just move along now, thank you very much.
As in, they didn't bother to enter the url in the address bar of their favorite browser and gotten to see the 'Roodepoort Hiking Club' website, which would have answered their question directly and without human interference?
No sir, I bet the "Jacken S&T Info Corp", who did not turn up in a quick google (first page only) are offering a lot of money for your url if you reply. And I bet there are some fees attached that have to be paid up front... etcetera etcetera ad nauseum
ITS GOOD TO SEE SOME SCAMMERS DONT HAVE THEIR MOST VALUABLE CAPS LOCK ON THOUGH
I thought the whole point in web addresses was that anybody could register any domain name. Unless large corporation A starts fighting for it. Honestly, Fox should of had to pay the demands of the domain owner of www.thesimpsonsmovie.com if they wanted it that bad.