This domain scam from eWorld is getting better and better… Seth Godin is trying to register calacanis.kr!??!!? :-)

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Danny
Date: 2009/4/8
Subject: Re: Re: Re: About “calacanis” intellectual property
rights(TOCEO&Principal)
To: Jason
 
 
This is abosolutly not some kind of sacm. This company submitted the
application on online system, we got following information. Hope these
can help you.
 
Applicant company: HHM Holdings Limited
Contact person: Seth Godin
 
HHM company does not apply for the registration ofcalacanis.com which
had been registered by your company. HHM can not own it. Now HHM
company wanted to apply for other domain names and internet trademark
you have not registered yet. Following are all the domain names and
internet trademark which are submitted by HHM company:
1. Domain names:
calacanis.hk
calacanis.tw
calacanis.sg
calacanis.in
calacanis.kr
calacanis.jp
calacanis.asia
calacanis.eu
calacanis.us
calacanis.ca
 
2. Internet trademark:
Calacanis
Best Regards,
Danny
Auditing Department
________________________________
Tel: +852-2297-9279
Fax: +852-2297-9209
Email: Danny@eworld.hk
Website: http://www.eworld.hk
________________________________
发件人: Jason Calacanis
发送时间: 2009-04-09 09:41:42
收件人: Danny
抄送:
主题: Re: Re: About “calacanis” intellectual property rights(TOCEO&Principal)
 
So this isn’t a scam? There really is a person trying to buy my domain names?
 
 
 
2009/4/8 Danny :
> It’s a pity that you say this. I think this is a big misunderstanding. I
> think you do not understand the situation. we are an official registration
> institution. we perform our responsibility, So pls understand our position,
> maintain one company’s benefits is our principle. One point I have to
> clarify: no matter your company or HHM company register these domain names
> and internet trademark, we will charge the same.
> Best Regards,
> Danny
> Auditing Department
> ________________________________
> Tel: +852-2297-9279
> Fax: +852-2297-9209
> Email: Danny@eworld.hk
> Website: http://www.eworld.hk
> ________________________________
> 发件人: Jason Calacanis
> 发送时间: 2009-04-09 07:28:47
> 收件人: Danny
> 抄送:
> 主题: Re: About “calacanis” intellectual property rights(TOCEO&Principal)
>
> I this a scam?
>
> 2009/4/7 Danny :
> > Dear CEO & Principal,
> >
> > We are a domain name registration and dispute organization in Asia, which
> > mainly deal with the global companies’ domain name registration and internet
> > Intellectual property right protection. Currently, we have a pretty
> > important issue needing to confirm with your company.
> >
> > On April 7, 2009, we received an application formally. One company named
> > “HHM Holdings Ltd” wanted to applied for�he domain names”calacanis.hk,
> > calacanis.asia, calacanis.eu, calacanis.us, calacanis.ca�tc.” and Internet
> > trademark “calacanis”�through our body.
> >
> > Now we are handling with the registration of these domain names and find
> > that the keyword of these domain names and internet trademark is identical
> > with your company’s. So we have to confirm with you at two points:
> > 1. If your company consign�HM company to register these domain names and
> > internet trademark, we will send application form to them and help them
> > finish the registration at once.
> > 2. If your company have nothing to do with�HM company, they maybe have
> > other purposes to register these domain names and internet trademark.
> >
> > In order to deal with this issue better, please contact us by email or
> > telephone ASAP.
> >
> > Best Regards,
> > Danny
> > Auditing Department
> > ________________________________
> > Tel: +852-2297-9279
> > Fax: +852-2297-9209
> > Email: Danny@eworld.hk
> > Website: http://www.eworld.hk
>
>
>
> —
> ———————
> Jason McCabe Calacanis
> CEO, http://www.Mahalo.com
> Mobile: 310-456-4900
> My blog: http://18.234.176.227
> My Mailing list: http://www.tinyurl.com/jasonslist
> AOL IM/Skype: jasoncalacanis

22 thoughts on “This domain scam from eWorld is getting better and better… Seth Godin is trying to register calacanis.kr!??!!? :-)

  1. Shoot! Caught again.

    Danny promised he wouldn’t tell anyone about my plan to
    quietly, subtly and without being noticed corner the market in
    Calcanis domains. Then, having a monopoly, I could resell them
    at a huge profit!!!

    Next step: Obama.tv…

  2. Lets assume they don’t have any trojans on their web site
    and are legitimately selling domain names.
    Then they have a pretty innovative social engineering marketing
    scheme. Find domains registered in US and make sure they get
    registered for all other countries as well.
    The only trick is to make it look like there is someone else
    interested…

    I wonder if they would be willing to send some money to
    Nigeria if it were necessary, hypothetically speaking, to
    unlock some funds to buy all the domains in question…
    hehe

  3. I also got an email like this for zenbe.com. The list of
    domains is slightly different, and a bit longer, but other
    than that its identical.

    Its a very interesting scam. Wonder how successful it is.

  4. do you think cannon, mercedes benz, the nba, samsung or microsoft know that this scam site is using their names and listing them as clients? It’s interesting. It does make me wonder how many people get suckered into their little schemes.

    For anyone else who has gotten this email (I got mine today) did anyone else look up the company interested in buying their domain names? The one EWorld “warned” me about is specifically listed as a trojan company for these scam artists.

    They need to learn to use google so they’ll figure out that we’re onto them!!

  5. got it today. sent with read-receipt requested to an email address scraped off our site… *sigh*

  6. Ya, they tried to get us too, and I believed them and went so
    far as to even call them in HK…. and then they replied with
    their pricelist …. Hmmmm … Yes, thank goodness for your
    comments and support here.
    A very convincing scam.

  7. From another thread somewhere (I forget where) I think I might know what’s going on here. This is only a guess, but I think the sender is trying to convey the false impression to people who own a single domain that someone is trying to obtain other domains with the same 2nd level name but different extensions. Such activity could in theory violate trademarks, or result in siphoning of traffic. The idea is probably to get you to “register” a bunch of additional extensions with the author, even though the author is probably not a registrar. In other words, I think this is a pure scam to steal the recipient’s money.

  8. I’m a little confused.
    If you think this is a pure scam to steal the recipient’s
    money. What evidence is here? If you have pay some money
    for them, and them have not help you register the domain
    names, Then you can say that is a scam, right?
    So, It seems to me, that only a Business practices. you
    can not asperse others company.

  9. Hi Jack,

    Unless the letter writer happens to be the registrar or host associated with calacanis.com, and by chance happened to uncover the issue, there is a very high probability that this is a scam. I’m aware of no registrars that monitor for this type of activity on behalf of people who are not already clients, and the odds of even the registrar associated with calacanis.com making this connection are next to nothing. The implication is that the letter writer is most probably trying to scare the recipient into “registering” the extra extensions, even though the sender is not a registrar. In other words, it is very likely that this is pure fraud.

  10. I am not listing my website for security reasons, but I just got the same email and it looks like this guys are trying to make me register my domain names through them via their scam.

    I registered the domain names I thougth were necessary and crucial for my business through my hosting company for 1/10th of what Eworld was asking for. The company they listed as the other
    interested party does not exist.

    BE CAREFUL AND REPORT THEM TO THEIR WHOLESELLER WHICH IS TUCOWS.COM

  11. Hi All, We had this same email come through today for our company name. Knew it was a scam straight off, as I have seen them before.
    Has anyone checked out WHOIS for eworld.hk?
    They own 220 domains and have only been registered themselves since February this year and their registration runs out next year.
    You’d think that if they were legit, that they would register themselves for more than a year.

  12. I think the combination of factors here really points to a pure scam (trying to frighten people to pay for additional extensions), even though the letter sender is probably not a registrar and so cannot even provide the extra extensions (in other words, it sounds like pure fraud to me).

    The factors I am considering in reaching this conclusion are:

    (1) The extremely low likelihood that a real registrar would catch this kind of issue, and then report it to the current domain owner.

    (2) Other “companies” are engaging in the same practice.

    (3) The high prices being quoted.

    (4) The fact that the leter is originating in China, which has very weak enforcement of online scams.

    My advice is to not let these companies scare you into buying extansions you don’t need,and when necessary or practical, add extensions to your portfolio via service ticket at your domain registrar or internet registry (whatever source you orginaly obtained domain name from).

  13. I’m beginning to see alot of these emails coming from Asia, especially China. I wonder why these emails always seem to come from that region. At any rate, my opinion remains the same. It’s just a way to try to steal money without providing any services whatsoever.

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