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Is this a real email from Snapchat?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by BenLee, Dec 7, 2016.

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  1. BenLee

    BenLee Registered Member

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    Dear Registrant of (my website):

    On behalf of Snapchat, Inc. (“Snapchat”), we are writing to you in your capacity as the registrant of (my website). Among other things, Snapchat publishes and distributes the photo messaging app called “Snapchat.” The “Snapchat” app is widely used on various platforms, and is available to users through such portals as Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play marketplace. Through its marketing efforts and commercial success, among other ways, Snapchat has developed valuable trademark rights in the SNAPCHAT mark, which is immediately identified by consumers with Snapchat’s reputation for quality. Snapchat owns numerous United States federal trademark registrations and pending applications for the SNAPCHAT mark, including without limitation Trademark Registration No. 4,375,712 and 4,933,187, and Trademark Application Serial Nos. 86/619,190, 86/619,184, and 86/335,307. Based on the foregoing rights, it is a violation of federal and state law for others to advertise, utilize, offer for sale, and/or engage in services in connection with the SNAPCHAT mark without the express written permission of Snapchat.

    Nonetheless, it has come to our attention that you are operating a website that purports to offer users a tool to hack Snapchat accounts. This purported hacking tool is being promoted and offered using the SNAPCHAT mark at (my website). Such use of the SNAPCHAT name in offering and promoting your website and purported hacking tool is identical and confusingly similar to Snapchat’s use of its SNAPCHAT mark. As a result, users are likely to believe, erroneously, that the website is published, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Snapchat, and the SNAPCHAT mark is likely to be diluted and tarnished.
    Your conduct is of the utmost concern to Snapchat. Snapchat contends that your use and exploitation of the SNAPCHAT mark or confusingly similar variations thereof constitutes trademark infringement, trademark dilution, false advertisement and/or unfair competition in violation of federal and state law. Snapchat considers your conduct to constitute a violation of its rights and to be damaging to its business and reputation. You are hereby put on notice that you may be subject to civil damages and injunctive relief arising from your unlawful conduct.

    Snapchat hereby demands that you and all those who have acted in concert with you immediately comply with the following:

    1. Cease all activity that is likely to confuse consumers as to Snapchat’s association with, or sponsorship of, your services, including use of the SNAPCHAT name; and
    2. Transfer the (my website)domain name to Snapchat.

    We anticipate that you will accede to these demands and ask that you reply to this email to discuss and confirm details of the discontinuation of use and transfer to Snapchat of the subject domain name. If we do not receive your expeditious response, this matter will be escalated for further action.

    Nothing contained in this letter constitutes an express or implied waiver of any rights, remedies, or defenses of Snapchat, all of which are expressly reserved.

    Sincerely,

    Caroline (Carrie) Barbee
    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    9720 Wilshire Blvd PH | Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2018
    brandprotection@snapchat-ip.com


    I got this today and replied asking if it was real. That was couple hours ago. I replied and now my PC is running slow seems to be a problem with the my internet but I have never once had a issue with it being slow. I am concerned that when I replied this gave the hacker my IP or did something else. Any info would help my anxiety right now.
     
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  2. Whotf am I

    Whotf am I Registered Member

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    It's registered on April 1 2016 by MarkMonitor Inc which develops software for Brand Protection, Domain Management, Anti Piracy an so on

    anyhow,
    Check the whois and read this
    Snapchat Rebrands to Snap
     
  3. BenLee

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    Should I be worried?
     
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    Fyi your domain name you forgot to erase from post 2x. I assume that was not intended as you left it out at beginning of post

    Are you using dmca ignored hosting?
     
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  5. BenLee

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    Im using Host Winds for my hosting
     
  6. Whotf am I

    Whotf am I Registered Member

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    If you are out of usa, that's ok.
    whenever something like this ( Trademark rights blah blah) happened to me ..i just doesn't reply and since I'm in Africa, they don't bother. Sometimes they will take it away from you by force
     
  7. BenLee

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    Im from the U.S
     
  8. HoNeYBiRD

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    You shouldn't, if you do or already did as they ask. Take down the site and transfer the domain.

    It is real and you don't possibly want to fight with a multi-billion dollar company knowing you're clearly in the wrong.
    https://www.elhacker.net/whois.html?domain=snapchat-ip.com

    Lesson learnt, you can get caught, if you use trademarked terms in your domain name especially if said trademarked terms belong to multi-billion dollar companies.

    Did the email come from a @snapchat-ip.com email address though?
     
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  9. BenLee

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    yeah it did
     
  10. HoNeYBiRD

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    Well, i guess there's no doubt about its legitimacy then and you should comply, unfortunately.
     
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  11. BenLee

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    Okay, Il shut down the sites. Say that I had DMCA ignored hosting but my Domain is from namecheap and they email me would I be safe? or what if I didnt use the name snapchat in my domain like Snapghost, savagesnap would they still be able to find me?
     
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    They most likely won't pursue you further after you shut down the sites and work with them.
     
  13. McHenzy

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    Sorry mate... you are in US and you had no idea that trademarked bidings in your country is a big time offense.

    Kindly don't fight, US lawyers are wicked on trademarks and love making careers out of such issues.

     
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