Watch out for this China Registry .CN domain name scam

China Registry Domain Scam

Last week I got a strange email from someone named Zhifa Ning (ningzhifa@outlook.com) who told me they were going to register my first and last name in .cn, .net.cn, .org.cn, apparently they are very important to them. Here’s the email:

Zhifa Ning Scam

First, I can’t argue with them, I’m flattered to think that my first and last name are important to them 🤣 Obviously I’m kidding here, and this made me realize pretty much immediately – this looks like a scam. So I did a little Google search for ningzhifa@outlook.com, and here’s what came up:

ningzhifa@outlook.com domain scam

So it looks like I’m certainly not the first person to get this scam email. Then this morning I got an email from Adrian Liu (adrian@chinadomaindns.com), here’s what he sent:

China Registry Scam

First, it’s never a good sign when someone sends you an email claiming to be with a company, in this can ChinaRegistry.org.cn emails you from @chinadomaindns.com…that’s a red flag 🚩 Of course everything “Adrian” and “Zhifa” say in their emails doesn’t make any sense, but if you don’t know much about domain names I could see this being very confusing and concerning.

I looked through the different reports on Google about the scam and in many cases people did get confused and first and started emailing back and forth with them.

So if you get an email from Adrian Liu or Zhifa Ning from China Registry, it’s a scam and you can ignore it.

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  • DomainsGENERAL.com January 23, 2021, 2:28 pm

    It’s unfortunate you don’t elaborate on how the scam works. Is the only thing that they try to trick you into registering these names before they do? They do this at an inflated price, or just the quite regular price for cn domains?

    It seems not that bad to me. Not very honest, sure, but there is far worse. Especially if you really get these domains (you would be paying for, of course).

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  • Samuel Hardison February 21, 2021, 7:48 am

    This scam can also reference the name “Paul Liu”

    In the spirit of the American dream, I simply offered my collaboration with them. That being of course them paying me $20,000 for FrostyBench.cn

    😎

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  • Lars Finsen April 2, 2021, 12:39 am

    I recently got another from someone who called himself Mike Zhang, claiming to be from china-registry.net, with a similar offer. China-registry.net actually exists, and his e-mail address is mike@china-registry.net, so it looks more legit than most scams. However, the .net extension should be enough to raise suspicion. I got the third mail from him today. I have replied non-offensively so far, so maybe he thinks he has me on his hook. I am thinking of ways to get him prosecuted. I have sent mails to the real Chinese registry, http://www.cnnic.cn, to the Norwegian registry, and the company in China that Mike said were applying to use my domain name, which also exists. Only the Norwegian registry has replied so far. Maybe they’re also having Easter over there.

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  • Lars Finsen April 2, 2021, 12:41 am

    Just leaving a followup comment with the ‘Notify me of followup comments via e-mail’ box selected.

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  • Redacción May 19, 2021, 8:40 am

    We also received the same email asking about our domain https://www.frecuenciamexico.com/
    It is fraud. Greetings!

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