I registered my surname as a .com domain for my website. I received an email from a company claiming to be the registry for China, telling me that someone wanted to register the same name. Then I then received an email from a Gareth Cui stating that he intended to go ahead and register my name in the .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn, and .org.cn domains.
I do not understand why someone wants to register my name in China. I assume that there is a scam behind this, but what is it? Michael
This is a very common scam, but not a particularly dangerous one. The idea is to persuade you to register a number of overpriced Chinese domain names that you don’t need. It’s covered in the Wikipedia article on domain name scams under Fake Trademark Protection, and a HoaxSlayer page, Domain Name Application Scam.
For even more information, see the Australian government’s Scamwatch page, or the comprehensive guide at the European Domain Centre.
I’m surprised you’ve been hit, because your personal name is obviously not a product trademark. This kind of scam only works on companies who are worried about websites with similar names either harming or benefiting from their business. Even then, not many companies are bothered about Chinese domains, especially after the recent Cambrian explosion that has brought us .eu, .uk, .xxx and, especially, .sucks!
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