Please be advised that â€œDomain Notification Centralâ€ is sending spam emails to registrants of domain names, which should be ignored and thrown away. The scam attempts to sell you a variant of your current domain(s) under the guise of preventing some elusive legal action against your domain name. This company is currently being sued by legitimate registrars, but they continue to solicit payments through deceptive emails. Below is a sample email for review.
This companyâ€™s website contains a link to Check Your Domain. DO NOT USE THIS LINK! This is a second layer scam to collect additional domain names for likely vulnerable owners, as evidenced to them once you use it. If you have any questions about your domainÂ name status, possible â€œinfractions,â€ or the chance of unwanted transfersâ€¦ contact your current registrar and ask them yourself.
From: Domain Notification Central <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 4:30:15 AM
Subject: Attention ******* Please note that this is your Final Notice of Domain Extension
Domain Notification Central
130 Church Street Suite 280
New York, NY 10007
Notice Tracking Number: *******
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.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES LEGAL CODE
TITLE 15, Sec 1125. False descriptions, and dilution of Trademarks and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
Be advised: 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.
Evidence of Registration and Use in Bad Faith. – 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) circumstances indicating that the domain name registered or acquired the domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark or a competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of your documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name; or
(ii) the domain name has been registered in order to prevent the owner of the trademark or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding domain name, provided that you have engaged in a pattern of such conduct; or
(iii) the domain name has been registered primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business of a competitor; or (iv) by using the domain name, registrant has intentionally attempted to attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to their web site or other on-line location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainantâ€™s mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement or your web site or location or of a product or service of a web site or location.
In addition to remedies provided for by the URDP, section 4a (1)(2)(3) & b (1)(2)(3)(4) existing registrants, trademark and service mark owners are provided by DUC on domain names that are identical with new ccTLD, TLD extentions, or domain names that are confusingly similar to their own.
You are required to advise the Domain Notification Central of your intent to license this name on or before the expiration of this notice.
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) DUC and or any ICANN accredited registrar will not be liable for loss of domain name license, identical or confusingly similar use of your companyâ€™s domain name; or interruption of business activity or business losses.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
If you fail to reply to DUC this domain may be registered by any third party without further notice. You must advise us of your intent to (a) secure this domain name or (b) to leave this domain name for Public Registration.
Notice Tracking Number: 2155719
The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DNC. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not want to receive further updates from DNC. 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