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Making $$$ with official looking 'final notice of domain extension' spam emails...

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by websitesareus, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. websitesareus

    websitesareus Junior Member

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    I thought some of you might find this idea interesting. Not my style, but very clever and I'm sure profitable!

    My customer owns the domain name "website.com" and got this very official looking email (see below) today. He was so scared to loose his domain name that he almost clicked the link.

    The email is basically a final notice, and if you don't click right now, the domain "website.us" (ending in .us not .com, which most people won't notice) will be sold to somebody else... My small business owners don't know what that is all about, and I'm sure many people are scared and will click and buy the .us extension...

    Code:
    Final Notice Of Domain Extension 
    
    ATT: 
    
    ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT 
    Name
    you@yourwebsite.com
    Address: 
    Phone: 
    Fax: 
    www.yourwebsite.us
    
    Notice Tracking Number: EXM82R17828
    
    
    Please be advised that the above noted domain name has now become available for registration. Consequently the possibility of a conflicting domain registration may occur. As the registrant of the commerce extension, you have been granted the first right to use preference in securing the intellectual property for the United States country code. If you choose to waive this right, the name will be available for public registration.
    
    
    
    
    Please note that businesses and consumers are increasingly losing the rights to their domain names caused by Domain Hijacking, Registrant/Registrar mistake, inadvertence, or Blocked Emails.
    
    
    
    This is an urgent domain notice to verify the rights to your name to prevent 3rd party infringement and unintentional name loss. Our organization is responsible for verifying the public and private Intellectual Property rights of domain holders, and to carry out UDRP Disputes according to the guidelines:
    
    Protecting a domain name registrant or trademark owner from confusing and/or conflicting domain name registrations is not the responsibility of the domain and trademark registration processes. In the event of a registration of the above noted domain by a third party, the UDRP may be applied under the following conditions.
    
    You may loose your domain if a complainant/competitor proves that each of these three elements are present with your domain registration. - For the purposes of Paragraph 4(a)(iii), the following circumstances, in particular but without limitation, if found by the Panel to be present, shall be evidence of the registration and use of a domain name in bad faith:
    
    (i) your domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights; and
    (ii) you have no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and 
    (iii) your domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.
    
    b. Evidence of Registration and Use in Bad Faith. 
    
    .(i) You acquired the domain primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant/ trademark or service mark owner, or to their competitor, or (ii) you have registered the domain name in order to prevent the owner of the trademark or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding domain name, therefore revealing a pattern of such conduct, or (iii) you have registered the domain name primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business of a competitor, or (iv) by using the domain name, to create confusion with the complainant's mark. 
    
    
    Note: You may disregard this notice. If you disregard this notice or fail to reply:
    (a) The licensing rights of this domain name may be assigned to any other applicant, (b) UDL and or any ICANN accredited registrar will not be liable for loss of domain name license, identical or confusingly similar use of your company's domain name; or interruption of business activity or business losses. 
    
    
    
    
    
    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: If you fail to reply to UDL this domain may be registered by any third party without further notice. To protect the intellectual property rights to this name, you are required to advise us of your intent to (a) secure this domain name or (b) to leave this domain name for Public Registration.
    
    
    
    
    
    Call 1 800 690 1269 
    Notice Tracking Number: EXM82R17828 
    
    
    The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the UDP. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. Email release@usdomainlicensing.com if you do not want to receive further updates from UDP. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited. 
    
    
     
  2. 7878

    7878 Executive VIP Premium Member

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    I've been getting something similar, different spin.

    Something along the lines of - We noticed you own xxxxxx.com, and wanted to notify you that xxxxxx.net has become available in our premium listings for only $299. Protect your brand and blah blah blah.

    They've been inboxing so bravo to whoever is running that racket.