Are they real domain registrars?
Some yes, and others no. Going through the list of contacts I can see that many of the contacts only recently registered the domain name for their email, and no website exists. It is very likely that they will take your money and run. Some of the scammers regularly change their email address. E.g. Michael Hong has used eight different email addresses over the last months. They do this to avoid being blocked by spam filters.
What should you do when you receive an email from China Domain Name Registration Center or other similar named registrar?
As confirmed above your domain names will not be registered by another company, however I would still recommend you to do a couple of actions. First and foremost, there are companies taking the bait. Over the next two years hundreds of new gTLDs will be launched, so there will be even more confusion. If you have received an email like this, then please forward it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
, and I will list it in the article to warn about these emails. I have already enclosed a sample of these below. You can also do like this guy and start a conversation with the scammer!
Secondly, it is surely not possible to stop these scam emails. You can search in Google where to report scams to your local authorities. Especially for fake renewal emails I would definetely take action, as this type of emails is far more scrupulous and easy to fall for, and they should be stopped immediately before others become victims. You can also share this article in your network so we can spread the message and ensure that the database is updated.
Thirdly, if you do plan to register domain names in those countries, then I would recommend that you do not wait. Contact your current domain registrar (Not China Domain Name Registration Center!). If you decide to use us at European Domain Centre, you will only have to deal with one contact for all your domain names, even if you have registered domains in countries all over the world.
When you receive an email from China Domain Name Registration Center or a similar company about domains which are about to be registered, then it is most likely a false warning, and you should ignore it. You can send it to me, as we can then update the article to warn about new emails. Secondly, if you do think that some of these domain names could come in handy in the near future, then do go ahead and register them. I recommend as well that you read the article The Top 5 Domain Name Scams in 2012.
Company names and URLs used by scammers
China Registry (Headquarters) (www.chinaregistry.com.cn
Network Solutions Service Company (http://www.cn-network.com
, dot-network.asia )
China Domain Name Registration Center
Tik Company , Shanghai Tik Admin Registry (tik-public , tik-china.org , tik-public.org , tik public , tik public org , tik-china.org , tik-public.com)
DES Registry Services (des-services.org , des-registry.org.cn , des-registry.net.cn , des-registry.org, des-services.cn, Des Services China, des-registry, des-services.com.cn, www.des-services.org
China Registry (www.chinaregistry.org
Nus Network Center (www.nus-center.org
Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China
Organization of trademark intellectual property protection in China (http://www.cn-network.com
, cm-nic.org )
Department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China ( dsa-web.org , dsa register china, dsa-register.cn, dsa-register.org.cn, www.dsa-register.org
Auditing department of a professional domain name registration and dispute solution organization in China (dot-network.com.cn)
Domain name registration and protection agency in Asia
domain name registration and solution center in China
The institution for registration service in the People’s Republic of China
Registration Law Office
Asian Domain Registration Service in China ( des-services.net.cn , des-services.org.cn , dg-network.org , dg-network.org.cn , dus solutions china , www.dus-solutions.org
, dus-solutions.org , dus-web.org.cn , .dus-web.org , des-services.cn , dln center, des-registry.com.cn , des-registry.net.cn, dus solutions, des-registry.cn, dus-solutions, dus-web, dus-web.cn, dus-web.net.cn)