New Domain Sales Scam?

Recently, my clients and I have been receiving emails from China, probably trying to sell alterante top level domains under the guise of protecting your brand. In other words, if you own blahblah.com, they try to sell you blahblah.net by making you think another copmpany will be buying it up.

Note this friendly warning from an “authorized anti-cyber squatting organization” is worded as a “confirmation request” …

[FONT=Tahoma][B]From:[/FONT][/B][FONT=Tahoma] [EMAIL=shannon@ha-zd.org]shannon@ha-zd.org[/EMAIL] [mailto:shannon@ha-zd.org]
[B]Sent:[/B] Sunday, October 12, 2008 11:10 PM
[B]To:[/B] [EMAIL=loupeinfo@eagleoptical.com]loupeinfo@eagleoptical.com[/EMAIL]
[B]Subject:[/B] Eagleoptical domain name registration con firmation request
[B]Importance:[/B] High
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[FONT=Times New Roman]Dear Sir or Madam:[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]We received a formal application from a company who is called Saibo Investment Co.,Ltd is applying to register ” eagleoptical” their domain name in Asia as well as in Europe on Oct 10th, 2008. During our auditing procedure we find out that the alleged Saibo Investment Co.,Ltd has no trade mark, brand nor patent even similar to that word. As an authorized anti-cyber squatting organization we hereby suspect the alleged Saibo Investment Co.,Ltd to be a domain grabber. Hence we need your confirmation for two things:[/FONT]

[FONT=’Times New Roman’]First of all, whether this alleged Saibo Investment Co.,Ltd is your business partner or distributor in [/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Secondly, whether you are interested in registering these domains (The alleged Saibo Investment Co.,Ltd will be entitled to obtain a domain not needed by original trademark owner.)[/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]If you are not in charge of this please transfer this email to appropriate dept.[/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]This is a letter for confirmation. If the mentioned third party is your business partner or distributor in China please DO NOT reply. We will automatically confirm application from your business partner after this audit procedure.[/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Best Wishes [/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Shannon[/FONT][FONT=’Times New Roman’] [/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Registration Commissioner [/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Beijing[/FONT][FONT=’Times New Roman’] HUAAO Science and Technology Co., Ltd[/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Tel: +86-10-82772601 [/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Fax: +86-10-82773610 [/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Email:shannon@ha-zd.org[/FONT]
[FONT=’Times New Roman’]Http://www.ha-zd.org

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