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Red Alert!


wealthymattersToday I received an alarming e-mail.I have copied it below:

It could mean that there is a concerted attempt to cyber squat on the domain name wealthymatters.com. As my blog deals with financial matters,I fear financial crime.So readers please beware of phishing attacks and business proposals supposedly originating from me or my site.Write to me to confirm that any financial advice,recommendations etc. actually originate from me before committing money.

Here’s the e-mail:

Some wealthymatters- Domains Registration Notification —— Company Matters

Inbox
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John Feng jf@n-service.cn via smtp-fwd.wordpress.com
10:07 AM (1 hour ago)

to

(It’s very urgent, so please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person. Thanks a lot.)
Dear CEO/Principal,

We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on December 10, 2013 that a company claimed “Comdery Company” were applying to register “wealthymatters” as their Net Brand and some “wealthymatters” Asian countries top-level domain names through our firm.
Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we would finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we could handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “Comdery Company” Looking forward to your prompt reply.

Best Regards,

John Feng

 

Needless to say I have written back to say that I have not authorized anyone else to use the brand name wealthymatters
Questions that come to mind are:
1.Is this the only attempt to register domain names similar to mine.Or the only one I have heard of?
2.What is the purpose of doing so?A bit of black-mail,forcing me to pay-up or a precursor to financial crime by misusing the faith generated by the reputation of wealthymatters?
I’m hoping the matter ends here,but readers please be alert.Do not part with money before checking back with me.
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About Keerthika Singaravel
Engineer,Investor,Businessperson

14 Responses to Red Alert!

  1. chitti18 says:

    So sad by seeing the world where most want to get ahead in their lives by beating someone else.

    Real Victory comes not from the competition but from the real creation. So do the joy and happiness too come from the original and not the duplicates.

    May God and Universe help you tackle these issues and achieve your destination with ease and happiness.

    • These people I found a way to stymie.I wanted to do a post about it.I think it will help others targeted by these people.But in the year end rush I haven’t been able to sit down and do much blogging.

  2. Alex Jones says:

    I registered a new domain name recently and was bombarded with a number of attempts to get me to click on an exe e-mail that would have compromised my security. It is good to be vigilant in personal cyber security.

    • I’m furious at the way domain name sellers and re sellers are pushing speculators and crooks to register existing second level domain names.Its always possible that 2 people might have similarly named brands in 2 different parts of the world. So abc.de and abc.fr might happen naturally but when wealthmatters.com exists how right is it for godaddy to advertise wealthymatters.com.ph as a great investment?Can’t they wait for somebody to create a wealthymatters brand in the Phillippines on their own and then apply for such a domain name?And when a person wants to register a bundle of such names,including wealthymatters.in and wealthymatters.co.in what does it suggest other than a person upto no good?

      • Alex Jones says:

        My advice if possible is get a worldwide trademark.

      • How do I go about it?

        I know of no personal blog in India having a trademark.The following is the legal definition of trademark here.How could I make it apply to my blog?

        According to Section 2 (zb) of the Trade Marks Act, 1999, “trade mark means a mark capable of being represented graphically and which is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one person from those of others and may include shape of goods, their packaging and combination of colours.” A mark can include a device, brand, heading, label, ticket, name, signature, word, letter, numeral, shape of goods, packaging or combination of colors or any such combinations.

        And how do I make the trademark international?

      • Alex Jones says:

        Treat your blog as a business, thus trademark the name “wealthymatters” as longs as it is not already trademarked. Speak to a lawyer about trademarking.

      • Thanks.I’ll talk to one.
        Though I know of no such precedent in India. Do they allow this in the UK?If so,it should serve as a precedent,

      • Alex Jones says:

        There are international trademark agreements, you can obtain trade marks for a nation or for the world.

      • Does the UK allow trad-marking the name of a blog?
        If I can cite one such example,I should be able to get naysayers at our patents and trademark office moving.

      • Alex Jones says:

        I am not sure what the laws are in India, but should be the same like UK in principle. If you run a business i.e. something that makes you money, then in theory the name, logos … can be trademarked, including a blog name.

        Here is a url on blogs and trademarks.
        http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/how-to-register-your-blog-name-as-trademark.html

      • Thanks

  3. Renard Moreau says:

    [ Smiles ] Ignore it; the system would have alerted you that the domain name was already taken before you applied for it and that didn’t happen; this means that you are its rightful owner.

    • Yes of the dot com and now of the dot in,dot co dot in and of dot asia.
      In fact I have kept these guys talking and its interesting the yarns they spin.
      They can’t really threaten me with dot cn etc domains.
      Already Google has taken down their website and they may have to go operate under some other name as soon as I publish the rest of their e-mails.
      People searching for Camden Company have started reaching my site.Interesting how the Chinese seem to love the name. An outfit by the name has faces US action for trafficking in missile parts.

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