Recently, someone tried to scam me. I figured I would let all of my friends and anyone who is interested in on the joke. I immediately knew it was a scam, but I figured I would go for the slam dunk on it, since I like to mess with their heads. Yes, everyone thinks I am a nice guy…And there is a reason…It’s because I can handle my shit, and I do not crack under pressure. 🙂
This is a derivation of the Nigeria 419 scam, and it has been duly noted on the interwebs. I am just putting the knowledge out there so you and others can be aware…Plus, I love to display how I mess with these folks.
The first email I received:
From: Nicholas Lee <email@example.com>To: artist <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:56 PMSubject: Brand Protection Notice phillypuddy
This is Nicholas Lee—Senior Consultant of domain name registration and solution center in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 28, 2014. that a company claimed “RANTRANCE LTD” were applying to register “phillypuddy” as their Network Brand and some “phillypuddy” Asian countries top-level domain names(in/hk/tw/etc) and China (CN) 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 “RANTRANCE LTD”. Looking forward to your prompt reply.
(This is a very important case, so please transfer this email to your CEO or Principal. Thanks a lot.)
Senior Consultant Manager
First of all, everyone should be aware that if a company is going to try and muscle in on the brand name you already have established, they are not too bright, and you have nothing to fear. Secondly, no one would advise them to do so. This should make you go “ah-HAH!” rather than “Oh shit!” I laughed when I got this, because I knew I was going to reply, and I also knew I was going to insult the hell out of them.
So here is that reply…Which at first is always nice:
I would be the only one able to authorize, and I regret to inform you that I already have the name “PhillyPuddy” registered as a business in the state of Texas. Therefore, no, I would not authorize anyone to use it. I have been PhillyPuddy since 2000, and have owned the domain since 2005. It was also trademarked in 2005. It would be in the best interest of your client to find a different name. Considering the fact we have done so much branding, if your client were to use PhillyPuddy, people will automatically defer to us, and that is never a good way to start off a new brand. And yes, we work internationally. Good luck to them on finding a replacement name though…And inform them about researching the name before they become sold on it. It happens to clients all of the time. 🙂
Thank you for the contact. It was much appreciated.
I knew when I woke up this morning, I would have a reply already, because they think they have a fish on the line. This is when you have their undivided attention, and bring about the whoopass. They did not disappoint.
From: Nicholas Lee <email@example.com>To: Philip Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 7:28 AMSubject: Re: Re: Brand Protection Notice phillypuddy
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Dear Philip Lee,
Thanks for your confirmation. As soon as receiving the application of “RANTRANCE LTD”, we checked and found “phillypuddy” is your company’s using name and brand. We are concerned that your brand name might be affected negatively by their applications, this is why we informed you. following Network Brand and domain names are applied by “RANTRANCE LTD”:
Network Brand: phillypuddyDomain Names:
You know that the domain names registration is open in the world, “RANTRANCE LTD” also has the right to apply for the available domain names. you only have the preferential rights to register them. At present, we haven’t passed their application, we need your opinion. If your company consider these names of importance to your company’s business or interest, I suggest that your company register these names first so as to avoid confusion or speculation. Of course, If you don’t want to protect your intellectual property rights, then my suggestion is your company give up these names so that we can finish registering for them as per our duty. Please give me your company’s decision as soon as possible in order to handle this issue better.
Senior Consultant Manager
This message and any attachments are meant solely for use by the intended recipient only. Disclosure, copying, use or distribution of the information included in this message is prohibited without the written permission of MPE.
please consider the environment before printing this e-mail
Notice how the signature changed, or at least now it HAS a signature, and all of a sudden they have some professional looking stuff at the bottom to make them seem more “legit”. Even a nice little “care for the environment” has been added, when we all know that China has an even nastier environment record than the US at the moment…And that is saying alot. Again, this is to “dupe” people in the US who use this as a selling point for their companies, furthering their supposed “legitamacy”. In fact, they didn’t have it on their first email until they realized I was an American company. See what I mean?
Now for the whoopass:
We own two of the top level domain names: .com and .net. If your advisement for this company is to proceed, then you are advising your client to fight an uphill battle for recognition and branding, not us. In fact, our company does branding as one of our services. We don’t have to buy foreign domain names to understand the significant weakness of this advisement for your client. No one does.
(showing them we really don’t care what they think they can do)
Our brand name and intellectual property rights are solidified even if you do purchase those domain names, as we are a firmly established brand. We have our name established on all major search engines as well. So we encourage you to feel free and purchase them. You feel free to advise what you deem necessary for your client. We are not to be coerced into buying domain names we do not need to own in order to assert we are established, and your assertion we do has been noted. We have a digital trail depicting we have owned the name PhillyPuddy for years, as well as legal documentation on file with the United States government. Since we do business globally (including Asia), you are advising your client to go in direct competition with an established brand name. It will not be us who will have a hard time with intellectual property and brand name recognition. We have a 14 year head start, and we do this for a living.
(again, showing them how ludicrous their assertions are)
Good luck if your course of action is to advise your client to proceed. I will have access to this correspondence for future reference should RANTRANCE ever try to say they were “unaware” of this situation before they moved forward. We will inform them of youradvisement should this ever prove to be an issue for them. Please take time to research United States laws concerning this issue and all aspects of it. We are a US company, so they apply to us, as well as RANTRANCE should they ever decide to market in the US. We are under advisement we have nothing to worry about whether we purchase these Asian domains or not. Even if our brand name becomes confused in Asian countries, we still have established brand name recognition throughout the rest of the world. This we feel is a non-issue for us, whereas it might prove to be a sizable issue for RANTRANCE.
(showing them how stupid THEY are)
This will be our final correspondence on this issue. There is nothing more to discuss. Especially once I found this: http://tinyurl.com/k3h8k4q
How about getting a job? Wouldn’t that be easier and more honorable? You might also want to consider checking INTERPOL about the legality of what you are doing. That applies everywhere…Including Asia.
And just for the record, we have recorded your IP address. Don’t mess with a Texas technology company, and have a great day.
(signed with whoopass)
(What?! No reply?! Are those crickets I hear?!)
I mean, who would name their company RANTRANCE LTD anyway? What a stupid name. If they were considering something cool and fun like “phillypuddy” for their product, you think they would have put more thought into their established business name, right? 😉
So again, if any of my friends who own businesses get emails like this, don’t sweat it. It is 100% false. Your brand is assured even if it WERE legit. Buying a domain name means nothing, and as long as you own Top Level Domain names, are registered as a business, and have been established for some time, don’t make more hassles for yourself. feel free to mess with them if you want. They can’t do anything to you. What they are trying to do is have it seem like they are doing YOU a favor, and the next step is having them purchase those domain names FOR you. You send them the money, and since they are such nice guys, they handle the hassle of purchasing those domain names…Even though all it takes is to go to a domain purchasing site and buy them yourself. A year later, you realize these domain names were NEVER purchased, and someone has over $300 of your hard-earned money. I have had to get smart to these guys ever since my band’s domain name was stolen back in 2005 (junkyphunk.com) by scammers, and then they attempted to re-sell it to me for $10,000. They actually thought I had that kind of money. Well, all they did was blow their money on a five year lease of the domain name, and now it is currently available again if I wanted to purchase it for $10. Allow me to mess with these guys for you. I have it in for them. They ruined a perfectly good independent music career for me. Now I just want to mess with their heads, and I share these antics with you all. 🙂
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Have a great day, everyone…And keep your money. 🙂