I find all too often I am the last one in the crowd to get a bit of news — the whole world often seems aware of some obvious fact long before I catch on. It happens, maybe to you now and then as well, eh? Okay, that said, let me advise of a shameless scam I almost got pulled into recently. This may save you a bit of grief one day —
Our main website, as you likely know, is www.DRAWME.com. Diane and I created it back in the nineties and it has been an ongoing effort since then to keep it current and up to speed. Along the way it has served us very well, too, bringing in a decent income almost from the get-go. I am able to be here to help her deal with wheelchair issues since the drawing business requires a minimal investment of time away from our home office. All cool.
First off we were — and are — consistently irritated with the number of DRAWME sites that have sprung up since we launched. Ours was the first in the world to my knowledge with that DRAWME keyword base and now there are many, many out there. Mostly low-rent sites that Trace Your Photo and claim that image as a caricature or portrait. Ah well. No ideas, no talent, no ambition. Can not worry about it…
Recently we began getting emails like this one below (forgive me for the formatting issues) —
Begin forwarded message:
To whom it concerns,
We will register the China domain names “drawme.cn” “drawme.com.cn” “drawme.net.cn” “drawme.org.cn” and internet keyword “drawme” and have submitted our application. We are waiting for Mr. Karen Xu’s approval and think these CN domains and internet keyword are very important for our business. Even though Mr. Karen Xu advises us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
First forwarded message below:
(It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. Thanks)
This is a formal email. We are the Domain Registration Service company in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. On June 5, 2017, we received an application from Baohai Ltd requested “drawme” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (drawme.cn, drawme.com.cn, drawme.net.cn, drawme.org.cn). 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 business partner in China?
Karen Xu | Service & Operations Manager
China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
Mob: +86-13816428671 | Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697
ME Again: This is an absolute scam, so hey, do not fall for it, gang, if your website name is threatened by a similar effort. Research it, as I finally did, and you will likely also forget the whole thing. No threat, nothing to worry about, apparently. This same email with different contacts has been copied and resent for years now, evidently.
And maybe you were already aware of these efforts. Not me, yet again. It is hard to make a living with so many pointless distractions on all sides such as this thing, eh? Good luck out there.