Dentists: Don’t Fall for the Scam of Registering an XXX Version of Your Website

xxx domain registration - don't do itSome business owners from outside the adult entertainment industry are scrambling to register .XXX versions of their website domain name ever since the .XXX extensions were created to indicate sexually explicit material on the Internet.

They are feeling pressured into paying for an .XXX domain to protect their .com domain name out of fear that Internet entrepreneurs will create x-rated versions of their website.

This has created a small gold rush as business owners and brand managers race to beat the October 28th deadline to block a .xxx domain version of their trademark or opt out —

ICM Registry LLC (“ICM”), the company responsible for operating the .XXX domain, is offering a the option to “opt-out” — otherwise known as “Sunrise Period B” and will run from September 7, 2011 to October 28, 2011. Sunrise Period B will permit companies, licensees, assignees and individuals with trademarks that were formally registered as of Sept. 1, 2011, to apply to have their trademarks permanently blocked from the .XXX registry.

To successfully do so, a registrant must present its trademark by way of an application to an accredited .XXX registrar. This process involves a one-time fee, typically in the range of $200 to $250 per domain name. Once blocked, the protected domain name will be removed from the ICM registration pool. Additionally, that domain name will simply resolve to an information page stating that the domain name is not available for .XXX registration. (From the The Gibbons IP Law Alert website)

But is securing an .xxx version of your website really necessary, or mostly hype?

I mean, will anyone really be searching for x-rated versions of brightperfectsmiles.xxx or smithlakedentistry.xxx? Somehow I just don’t see the porn industry rushing to grab these types of domain names.

The people most at risk here are celebrities and global brands like Disney and Coca-Cola. Thousands of celebrities have already had their names permanently banned from the new .XXX domain, while global brands are weighing in on just how many .XXX names they need to trademark.  One such brand is Disney, who has thousands of secondary brands like Toy Story with those beloved characters of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Barbie.

The .XXX domain registrations could become very expensive for many large brands who are calling the porn registration a “shakedown.”

As reported in Rueters, not all brands are looking at the registration negatively. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to launch peta.xxx as a pornography site to draw attention to the plight of animals.

What are your thoughts? Are you worried about the new .XXX domain registration of your dental website?

Dentists: Beware of the China Domain Registration Scam

China Domain Registration ScamDomain registration scams continue, both offline and online.

In the online version, a dentist receives an email, wanting to “clear up” ownership for their dental practice domain that someone else is allegedly attempting to register in China.

The emails usually look something like this –

Dear Manager,

(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)

This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China and Asia.

On September 26th 2011, We received Tianhua Ltd’s application that they are registering the name ” yourdomainname ” as their Internet Keyword and ” yourdomainname .cn “、” yourdomainname.com.cn ” 、” yourdomainname .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!

Best Regards,

John
General Manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 136615 29704
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web:

This is an updated email version of an old fax scam –

According to the FTC, consumers – many of them operating small businesses on the ‘Net – have received unsolicited solicitations stating, “URGENT NOTICE OF IDENTICAL DOMAIN NAME APPLICATION BY A THIRD PARTY.” The letterhead identifies the sender as either Electronic Domain Name Monitoring or Corporate Domain Name Monitoring.

The solicitation warns that an application for a domain name almost identical to the recipient’s has been “submitted to the National Domain Name Registry (NDNR) for registration,” by an unidentified third party. For example, the owner of a site “www.sobi-sky.org” was told that an application had been submitted to obtain the domain name “www.sobi-sky.net”

The solicitation says, ” Consequently, it is our opinion that this application may have been submitted in bad faith. . ..” The solicitation lists four reasons someone might want a copy-cat domain name, including “disrupting the business of a competitor,” or intentionally attempting to lure someone else’s customers by creating a confusingly similar Web address.

The fax solicitation offers to block the application by obtaining the copy-cat domain name for the fax recipient for a fee of $70. It warns that, if the consumer fails to act, “NDNR WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE LOSS OF DOMAIN NAME LICENSE, IDENTICAL OR CONFUSINGLY SIMILAR USE OF YOUR COMPANY’S NAME; OR INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY OR BUSINESS LOSSES.”

Often online scams come from successful offline scams that just get updated for online use, much like viral email hoaxes do. Remember the old paper chain letters?

Whenever you receive a suspect email, some great sites to check their validity are –

Google can be a great hoax research tool if you search the company name or website address offering to “help” you with your domain name registration.

By searching the website address on Google I see others have posted about this domain registration scam –

Using Google to search for scams

Also, when I attempted to visit www.ygnetworkltd.com I got the following warning about the website –

China Domain Registration Scam website

When in doubt always check with  your domain name registration company.  Never be in a hurry to answer an unsolicited email asking you for money from a company you don’t know.

To read more about this type of domain registration scam see: FTC Halts Domain Name Scam Thousands of Consumers Pay Up To Fend Off Fictional Poachers

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