Some words about domain name scams

Yesterday we received a letter with such content:

(If you are NOT CEO,please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent.Thanks.)

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 Jun. 2, 2010, One company which self-styled “Mintor(Japan)Venture Capital Co.,Ltd” are applying to register(softteco) as internet brand name and domain names as below (softteco.cn softteco.com.cn softteco.mobi softteco.asia softteco.in softteco.hk softteco.cc softteco.tw etc.).

After our initial checking, we found the internet brand name and these domain names being applied are as same as your company’s, so we need to get the confirmation from 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 15 workdays. If out of the deadline, we will approve the application submitted by “Mintor(Japan)Venture Capital Co.,Ltd” unconditionally.

Please forward the email to your decision maker,and let them contact me in time,so that we can handle this in reasonable,Look forwarding to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Kevin Wu
Senior Director
TEL: +86 21 69929440
Fax: +86 21 69929447
Website:http://www.qp-world.org.cn

Address:Room 902,8th,nong 1518,Jinyuan 1st Road,Jiading District, Shanghai city.

It a bit worried me as a CEO. Despite we haven’t any business so far in asia, it is not very comfortable to have another one company with same name as yours.
After viewing prices that are quite high (from 30 to 50 EUR per year), I started thinking that it’s a kind of new trend of Internet fraud. And really, after some googling I found quite a lot of sites about domain name scams from asia.
One that I like with explanation of what domain name scams means:
http://www.firetrust.com/en/blog/chris/domain-name-scams?page=13