I had a customer call up today asking me about a fax they got regarding a domain expiration. There are several companies out there that scan for domain names expiring registered with other companies like point2point, Godaddy, network solutions and other domain registrars, then send a fax or paper invoice trying to trick accounts receivables people into paying the fake invoices.

This one she sent me looks very official and scary looking which probably fools many people.

The rule of thumb is if your domain name is registered with point2point you will never receive faxes or paper invoices in the mail regarding your domain name expiration.

All contact is done via e-mail to the address we have on file for your account. A point2point representative WILL call you if your domain is about to expire but will direct you to point2pointdomains.com or point2pointcentral.com/ to make any payments. You can always send it to our post office box listed on the invoice we send you but credit card payments renew domain names instantly which is important if the domain expires the next day.

I’m going to list a few of the companies i’ve ran into which you can immediately disregard anything you receive from them.

  • “Domain Registry of America” (also called “Domain Registry of Canada”)
  • “EU Registry Services” – Cambridge
  • US Domain Licensing
  • Anything from a overseas company, China is the most common

” Domain Registry of America” have already had a court injunction against them so I hope this is a one of many being taken down.
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/12/domainreg.htm
http://www.whois.sc/news/2002-12/registry-america.html

If you find out your accounting department has made a payment to a different registrar, we suggest contacting your credit card or bank to get the payment reversed or stopped. You can also call the fraud registrar company directly and ask for a refund which i’ve heard works but you can’t be guaranteed since it’s already a shady operation in the first place.

China Trademark E-mails
It’s spam, nothing to worry about. Your .com domain is a globally recognized address, so if you wanted to do business in China, you would promote your current domain (after developing content in the local language) and submitting it to Google in China.

It doesn’t matter if someone buys the same name with a different extension. You’ll also need to determine whether your business name is trademark worthy. Many names cannot be trademarked because they are not unique — you would need to create a mark or logo that incorporates your name in a unique manner. But, this is an unnecessary and expensive step if all you’re trying to do is protect your name from this unknown party in China.