China Registry scam continues to pester #domain holders for fake trademark applications

The China Registry scam has been ongoing for several years. Operating from the domain and several others, this is an attempt by scammers in China to pay up for fake trademark applications.

How does this scam from China work?

Let’s begin with the email below, that urges us to send it to the CEO of the “domain name”:

Dear CEO,

This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration in China. On 15-07-2020, we received an application from Hongxin Ltd requested “[domain name]” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (,,, 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 this message to your company and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

Best Regards
Oliver Liu

The idea is to persuade us to register a number of overpriced Chinese domain names that are not needed, as no-one is actually applying for a trademark for “domain name” in China.

The scam is explained in detail here.

The domain is not the only one perpetuating this scam. Here are some additional domains owned by the same email address,

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