Domain Name Competitor Scam


Domain Name Competitor Scam: How It Works

If you have a website and own a domain name, you may become a victim of a new scam related to this topic, the Domain Name Competition Email aka the Fake Domain Registrar.

One day you receive a phone call or an email from a domain name registrar company. They say that somebody is trying to register and purchase a domain that is exactly like yours, but just with a little, tiny difference. For example, instead of ending in "com" (like yours) it would end in ".org". How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Fake Domain Registrar scam exposed:

Alternatively, the domain name referenced could be similar to yours, but have a slight difference in the content. For example, if you own they would say the "new client" wants to buy or

You get the idea. Imagine the same thing using your business' name.

The caller says it is a courtesy call to inform you about the intention of their new clients. Naturally, he asks if you would like to purchase the new domains before they sell them to the other party. Several people fall for this scam, although the callers are just inventing the competition.

The company calling you may as well be a real registrar, but using fraudulent practices. Or, indeed, could be scammers who could charge your credit card without having anything to do with the industry.


Below is an actual email message that we received in our Scam Detector inbox:

"Dear CEO (if you are not in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks),

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On July 12, 2012, we received an application from Henghua company requested "scam-detector" as their internet keyword from China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

Kind regards,"


How To Avoid The Fake Registrar Scam:

Ignore the approacher. If you are really interested in the new domains that the caller is referencing, just log into your domain registrar and expand your plan. There a few other variations of this scam, feel free to submit your experience below, under comments.


How To Report The Domain Name Competitor Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this domain name related scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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3 thoughts on “Domain Name Competitor Scam”

  1. This man has been trying to sell my domain name
    But he owns the same without the ‘the’. .

    I have absolutely no interest in his offer but he keeps on coming back…..

    I don’t know whether he is a scammer or a fraudster and don’t really care but can someone just tell him to shut up and go and line somewhere really hostile like
    Siberia or Alaska…..

  2. Lukas Schreiber


    I think you (unintentionally) mixed things up here a bit.

    The Chinese thing might indeed be a scam.

    But the sale of the domain name is legitimate. is indeed for sale and I am the authorized broker.

    Feel free to contact me to make an offer.

  3. I’ve been bombarded every week with these proposals – beware!!!. Here is the last email I received today:

    Hi Sirs,
    I’m curious why you don’t want to own the domain [variation of my web domain]! Please think only of 3 reasons:
    1) You’re not aware that you’re diluting your brand and losingvaluable traffic for your site. How many people are looking for your site but are instead visiting the memorable and prestigious [variation of my web name]?

    2) You don’t think you have the money, time or knowledge toenhance your brand with [variation of my web name]. What if the the domain is permanently out of your reach?

    3) You assume that [variation of my web name] might not even be for sale…at ANY price. It happens all the time that good domainnames just aren’t available.

    Well, let me tell you that improving your online presence with [variation of my web name] is much easier than you might have previously thought. Please think about that. Contact me now to discover the the quickest and safest way toacquire

    Best regards,
    Lukas Schreiber
    Certified Domain Name Analyst & Broker
    Phone +507-836-5419Fax +507-833-9605

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