Monday, August 2, 2010...11:58 am

The Freelance Unbound domain name pirates move in

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Freelance Unbound has finally arrived on the global media scene, it seems.

Today I received an email from Andy Wang of Newz-China.org – “a leading internet solutions organization in Asia” – who warns me that another company is trying to register itself as Freelance Unbound .

Dear CEO – We have something urgent to confirm with you. Yesterday we received a formal application from a company called ” Meller Investment Co., Ltd “. They were trying to apply for ” freelanceunbound” as Brand Name and following Domain Names through our organization:

  • freelanceunbound.asia
  • freelanceunbound.cn
  • freelanceunbound.com.cn
  • freelanceunbound.com.hk
  • freelanceunbound.com.tw
  • freelanceunbound.hk
  • freelanceunbound.in
  • freelanceunbound.net.cn
  • freelanceunbound.org.cn
  • freelanceunbound.tw

After our initial examination, we found that the Brand Name and Domain Names above are similar to yours. These days we have been dealing with it. Now we hope to get your affirmation. If your company did not authorize the aforesaid company to register these, please contact us as soon as possible. In addition, we hereby declare that time limit for this issue is 7 workdays. If your company don’t respond within the time limit, we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by Meller Investment Co., Ltd.

Wow – I’d better grab all those domain names as soon as possible so I can protect my brand! How can I do that? Oh – Andy Wang’s company is actually a domain registration company, how handy. I’ll give him a load of money immediately to protect my web identity.

Or not. given that “Mellor Investment Co” probably doesn’t exist (it’s got one reference online, with no actual company details), and it’s Mr Wang himself who may buy up my domain for multiple territories, I think I’ll pass.

And if he can find a way to make a killing by passing himself off as Freelance Unbound – good luck to him. I suspect he’ll be sitting on those names for a long time to come…

4 Comments

  • Thanks so much for your article about Meller Investments. I received an identical email from the same company with regards to my company name, Glam Headbands (R) and suspected it was a spam mailing. Now I can add it to my Junk Mail with certainty. Thanks again!!

  • Freelance UnboundNo Gravatar
    August 10th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    No problem Erika – glad it was of help…

  • I just got the same email. I’m glad you posted this. I told Mr Andy Wang to go ahead and let Meller Investment Co.Ltd register the domains.

    Ugh!

  • We also received a similar email from Mr. Andy Wang…
    By the way in the past we have received similar emails from other companies (particularly from the Asian region)… so watch out!

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