Chinese domain registration emails

I got an email from Adrian Liu adrian@cnnetwork.org of China Registry Head Office saying:

(It’s very urgent, therefore we kindly ask you to forward this email to your CEO. If you believe this has been sent to you in error, please ignore it. Thanks)
Dear CEO,
We are the domain registration and solution center in China. On October 5, 2021, we received an application from Hongxiang Ltd requested “nonewwars” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (nonewwars.cn, nonewwars.com.cn, nonewwars.net.cn, nonewwars.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor in China?

Best Regards

Adrian Liu | Service & Operations Manager

China Registry (Head Office)

Tel: +86-2161918696

Fax: +86-2161918697

Mob: +86-13816428671

6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China

*****************************************

This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.

Gotta love the “Best Regards”.  It’s like a mugger saying “Have a nice day”.  I like to be helpful.  So I replied:

No, Hongxiang Ltd is nothing to do with us at all.

It probably does not matter what you say in the reply, because this comes next.  From one Zhihai Ning ningzhihai@outlook.com saying:

To whom it concerns,

We will register the China domain names “nonewwars.cn” “nonewwars.com.cn” “nonewwars.net.cn” “nonewwars.org.cn” and internet keyword “nonewwars” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Adrian Liu’s approval. These CN domains and internet keyword are very important for us to promote our business in China. Although Mr. Adrian Liu advised us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

Kind regards
Zhihai Ning

I thought I ought to respond.  Out of politeness.  Especially since they said “Kind regards” which as we know is always a genuine sentiment.

I don’t see how I can stop you.

But I am interested. Why do you want to use the NoNewWars name?

Back to a reply from Adrian Liu adrian.liu@chinaregistry.org.cn at the China Registry.

Based on your company having no relationship with them, we have already suggested that they should choose another name to avoid this conflict, but they persist in this name as China domain names (nonewwars.cn, nonewwars.com.cn, nonewwars.net.cn, nonewwars.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company then register it to promote their company.

As is known to all, the domain name registration based on the international principle is opened to company and individual. Any company or individual have the right to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Your company haven’t registered this name as China domain names and internet keyword, so any company is able to obtain them by registration. But in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner have priority right to register China domain name and internet keyword during our dispute period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (nonewwars.cn, nonewwars.com.cn, nonewwars.net.cn, nonewwars.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domain names and internet keyword during our dispute period.

Best Regards

Adrian Liu | Service & Operations Manager

China Registry (Head Office)

Tel: +86-2161918696

Fax: +86-2161918697

Mob: +86-13816428671

6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China

****************************************

This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.

Now I understand.  It is a scam that is simply frightening people into buying domain names they otherwise would not want or need.  Let’s see if I’m right with a quick search

Hmm.  I wonder if it is a scam…!  🙂  Apparently they’ve been doing this since at least 2009 – twelve years.  So it must work.  Well, he wasted some of my time, I’ll waste some of his.

But China is a communist country. I thought there was no such thing as copyright under communism.

I am awaiting the next email…

31 thoughts on “Chinese domain registration emails

  1. Hi Simon
    Same scam letters came our way. But “Adrian Liu – Service & Operations Manager” is now named “Paul Liu”.

    Thanks for your block, we will now ignore the many letters including the one sent by Zhihai Ning saying that ” we will persist in this name. “

  2. Thanks, Louisa.
    I’d forgotten about this scam. I’ve just checked and, surprise surprise, the domain names nonewwars.cn, nonewwars.com.cn, nonewwars.net.cn and nonewwars.org.cn are not in use. So it really is just a scam to sell Chinese domain names to people who neither need nor want them.

  3. Thank you Simon,

    Our small charity organisation received this exact email on the 28 July 22 (I do not check my spam folder regularly, which is where it had been put), and thank goodness for that.
    I do like your responses, esp. the last one.
    Thank you for posting

  4. Thank you for the post, you’re the first result on Google and they’re doing the same thing to me (word for word). I told them they could have my domain for $10 mill USD though. Here’s to hoping. lol

    • So a spammer telling lies to sell unwanted domain names has resulted in me appearing at the top of a Google search? The Internet moves in mysterious ways!

      They reckon they can afford to employ 130 staff (I wonder how many are just doing the spamming?) and have half a million customers (and I wonder how many are real customers, and how many scam victims). Will those kind of resources, maybe you’ll get your $10m yet!

  5. Merci pour vos témoignages , Très édifiants.
    Je viens de recevoir les mêmes messages d’arnaque, et les mêmes réponses après ma réaction vis à vis de leur premier mail, de la part d’un certain Zhihai Ning.
    Je trouve quand même triste et déplorable que des individus supposés travailler honnêtement, puissent se livrer à de telles bassesses d’arnaques afin de vendre des noms de domaines inutiles …

    Many thanks

    • Google Translate:
      “Thank you for your very edifying testimonies.
      “I just received the same scam messages, and the same answers after my reaction with their first email, from a certain Zhihai Ning.
      “I still find sad and deplorable that individuals supposed to work honestly, can engage in such baseness of scams in order to sell names of unnecessary domains …”

    • Ray, oui, c’est triste. Il est triste que les autorités permettent à ce genre de chose de continuer, pour année après année après année …

      Ray, yes, it is sad. It is sad that the authorities allow this kind of thing to continue, for year after year after year after year…

  6. We just recived this from:
    Albert Liu
    (If you are NOT CEO, please kindly forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If you believe this has been sent to you in error, please ignore it. Thanks)
    Dear CEO,
    This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration in China. We received an application from Hongjia Ltd on October 30, 2022. They want to apply for “mastercare” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (mastercare.cn, mastercare.com.cn, mastercare.net.cn, mastercare.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your business partner in China?

    Best Regards
    Albert Liu | Service & Operations Manager
    China Registry (Head Office)

    Tel: +86-2161918696
    Fax: +86-2161918697
    Mob: +86-13816428671
    6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
    *****************************************
    This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.

    And I replyed:
    Hi. Thanks for contacting us. We have no deal with that company and as you say its conflicting with our trade and company name…

    Got answer from this man:
    Zhihai Ning
    To whom it concerns,
    We will register the China domain names “mastercare.cn” “mastercare.com.cn” “mastercare.net.cn” “mastercare.org.cn” and internet keyword “mastercare” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Albert Liu’s approval. These CN domains and internet keyword are very important for us to promote our business in China. Although Mr. Albert Liu advised us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
    Kind regards
    Zhihai Ning

    I havent replyed…..

  7. Received the same email today. Unfortunately, I already own one of the domains they mentioned.

    Tried to call the tel but its not connectable. The mobile number has no answer.

  8. Hi, I got a similar email from Zhihai Ning for my company domain. I immediately googled ‘Zhihai Ning’ and stumbled upon this.

  9. Thanks for the alert.
    It helped me a lot.
    I got it from Jeff Liu (chinaregistry.org.cn) and Zhihai Ning (vip.sina.com)

  10. Hi,
    Got the same scammers from China, now using the name Frank Liu, luckily, I wasn’t born yesterday & having worked in China for several years I know how this plays out:

    (Please kindly forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. If you believe this has been sent to you in error, please ignore it. Thanks)
    Dear CEO,
    This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration in China. We received an application from Hongjia Ltd on February 4, 2023. They want to request “parkerfarm” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (parkerfarm.cn, parkerfarm.com.cn, parkerfarm.net.cn, parkerfarm.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your business partner in China?

    Best Regards
    Frank Liu | Service & Operations Manager
    China Registry (Head Office)

    Tel: +86-2161918696
    Fax: +86-2161918697
    Mob: +86-13816428671
    6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
    *****************************************

  11. I have had the same correspondence. Mr Liu now calls himself “Simon Liu”. Thanks to this blog, it looks like a scam and will be taking no further action with it.

    Only China is doing this – scam capitalism from a country under Communist rule. What an irony.

  12. Thank you for this post. Our ministry received this email this week. 05/10/23 Thank you for letting us all know about the scam.

    To whom it concerns,

    We will register the China domain names “jcceos.cn” “jcceos.com.cn” “jcceos.net.cn” “jcceos.org.cn” and internet keyword “jcceos” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Frank Liu’s approval. These CN domains and internet keyword are very important for us to promote our business in China. Although Mr. Frank Liu advised us to change another name, we will persist in this name.

    Kind regards

    Zhihai Ning

  13. Here’s another scam email to me from domainregistry.org.cn They must not keep good records of who they have tried scamming before. I shall reply and pretend to be very concerned just to waste their time.

    vvv – NOTE THE EMAIL BELOW IS A SCAM – vvv

    From: "Mike Zhang"
    To:
    Subject: "nonewwars"

    Dear CEO,

    (It's very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

    We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
    We received an application from Hua Tai Ltd on June 12, 2023. They want to register " nonewwars " as their Internet Keyword and " nonewwars .cn "、" nonewwars .com.cn " 、" nonewwars .net.cn "、" nonewwars .org.cn " domain names, they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find " nonewwars " conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

    Best Regards
    **************************************
    Mike Zhang | Service Manager
    Domain Registry China (Head Office)
    No. 300, Xuanhua Road, Changning District, Shanghai200050, China
    Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697 | Mob: +86-1582177 1823
    Web: www(dot)domainregistry(dot)org(dot)cn
    ***************************************************

    ^^^ NOTE THAT THE ABOVE EMAIL IS A SCAM ^^^

  14. So this means that they have gone from using chinaregistry.org.cn to using domainregistry.org.cn to disguise their previous scamming. They also use cnnetwork.org and china-registry.net

    domainregistry.org.cn does not come up much in searches yet, perhaps we can fix that. domainregistry.org.cn scam domain name registry china email mikezhang@domainregistry.org.cn

    This scam even has its own description on Wikipedia now: fake trademark protection.

  15. Thanks your blog,I still receive this email today,I search his name and lucky your answer is in the first,same people

  16. Hi,

    I have also received this kind of email today as on 19.07.2023. The mail body is like this ”

    (It’s very urgent, therefore we kindly ask you to forward this email to your CEO. If you believe this has been sent to you in error, please ignore it. Thanks)

    Dear CEO DigitalSushma.Com,

    This is a formal email. We are the Domain Registration Service company in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. On July 19, 2023, we received an application from Hongyuan Ltd requested “digitalsushma” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (digitalXXXXXX.cn, digitalXXXXXX.com.cn, digitalXXXXXX.net.cn, digitalXXXXXX.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor in China?

    Best Regards

    Thomas Liu | Service & Operations Manager

    China Registry (Head Office)

    Tel: +86-2161918696

    Fax: +86-2161918697

    Mob: +86-13816428671

    6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China

    Its Totally a fraud details given in the email. Please do not reply to this kind of scam.

  17. “Totally a fraud details given in the email. Please do not reply to this kind of scam.”

    Certainly do not believe this kind of scam. Never send payment details. But replying to them, pretending to be worried, asking lots of questions, asking again for advice, asking again for clarification, asking for an update, asking again why they have stopped replying, asking again for an update, hitting them with lots of emails – if everyone did that they would give up.

  18. Hi Simon,

    Two years after your post, they are still trying. We have had these iinvitations to pay n two of our companies. We are looking for a way to report them!

    Thanks again,

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