Thursday, September 2, 2010

Scams from China

It appears that China will soon aquire the mantle (from Nigeria) of the new Internet Scam capital of the world.

You have to check this message out. They have some automated domain analyzer that has determined that my domain has some kind of following. And they are notifiying me that, for a fee, they can do something that gives me some kind of  'trademark' priveleges  in China.

Ones' first instinct is the send them a message with the subject line 'F...  Y... and why do think I care'.
But, of course, this would be a complete waste of time and energy... because, .....
It's only Chinatown..



Dear Manager:
We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On July,19th,2010, We received HUATAI Company's application that they are registering the name "sailboatdata" as their Internet Trademark and "sailboatdata.cn","sailboatdata.com.cn" ,"sailboatdata.asia"domain names etc.,It is China and ASIA domain names.But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check.According to the principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark,In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

Kind regards
Angela Zhang
Registration Department Manager
3002, Nanhai Building 854.Nandan Road
Xuhui District, Shanghai
Office: +86 216296 2950
Fax: +86 216296 1557
Email: info@ygnetwork.cn
web: http://ygnetwork.cn/
web: http://www.ygnetwork.cn/

6 comments:

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Nothing gets me more steamed than being taken for a sucker. And although the Chinese on the whole are honest, hard-working people, you’re bound to have some bad apples in a country with such a huge (and still mostly poor). For some, the on the face of it endless supply of rich and easy-to-fool leeway (foreigners) is too tempting. I think the reason many foreign tourists get scammed in China is because they let their guard down.

As I pointed out in my essay on crime and safety in China, tourist’s reason (correctly) that the harsh wrong fine deter people fromcrime.But there’s a great range between commit an outright crime (like theft) and scamming tourists. They usually carry more cash they are often happy to engage in chat with a total stranger. They know that Westerners are more trained to “not be rude” by walking away. In contrast, the Chinese are very slow to trust strangers and will often fully ignore anyone who approaches them on the street. They’re often savvy to common scams too. Foreign tourists are less likely to call the police because of the language and time constraints.

I imagine most are mortified and just write off the loss as an un recoverable “lesson learned. And don’t think that you’re too savvy to be fooled. These scams can be stylish and go on to snare even the most experienced traveler. no matter how not guilty they look or act (be mainly wary in traveler areas).

Use common sense and trust your feeling. For case, how common is it for a Chinese girl to boldly approach a random foreign man on the street? In common, Chinese people are averse to approach strangers, mainly foreigner. If they seem too easy, it could be because they’re practiced at it. And don’t take too lightly their acting skills since they’ve been working every day for years.

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