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Friday, July 29, 2011

Help! Somebody wants My Nice Garden name

This bouquet is from Floria 2011 - for Cina, my first commenter.

I wonder if you have experience what I am experiencing. If you do, can you please share with me how to deal with this?

If you have not, maybe you can also learn from my experience.

Today, I have just received an email (spam or not - I don't know) that reads like this:

Dear Manager,

(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)

This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China and Asia.

On July 25th 2011, We received (Company Name) Ltd's application that they are registering the name " mynicegarden " as their Internet Keyword and " mynicegarden .cn "、" mynicegarden " 、" mynicegarden .asia "domain names etc.., It is China and ASIA domain names. But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check. According to the principle in China, your company is the owner of the trademark, In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

The above email dated 28 Jul 2011 was signed off by somebody with a first name as the General Manager, Shanghai Office (Head Office) Address in Shanghai 200070, China with Tel, Mobile, Fax and website.
The sender's company name is not mentioned anywhere in the email.

Note: The real names has been left out to protect their privacy in case it is genuine.
Now, what should I do?
My dear readers, Autumn Belle needs your help!

Updated on Aug 11, 2011

The sender is among those listed in a post about "Domain Name Scams" by Firetrust a website selling anti-spam softward, the link is here. It seem to me that several other domain owners had  also received such emails. If it happens to you, check out the sender's details at the link provided.

At the moment, it looks more like a SCAM as we can't verify the authenticity and/or good intentions, etc. Hence, be cautious not to reveal your personal details or bank account numbers.


  1. Haha.. its probably a sham. if not ask them to pony up RM100,000 for the right to use your domain name. Anyway, its safely yours and nothing they can do about it..

  2. Cina, you are so sweet. Thanks for being the first to make me feel better!

  3. Agreed with cina. It isn't even clear to me, after reading the e-mail over a couple times, what they want you to do about it -- I'd think a real company would find a way to communicate in less-broken English. If I received something like this, I would probably either ignore it entirely or e-mail back to tell them I had no idea what they were trying to communicate to me. Either way, I don't think it's something to be worried about, but I'll be interested in reading what other people think.

  4. IGNORE and don't even reply!

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  5. Thank you belle.. you made my Friday!!
    Anyway you do not need to respond Don't do anything at all.. see what they come up with next.. Mr Sub is right, if its authentic it not be handled in this manner. Just ignore it that would be the best ..and its nothing to worry about. have a good weekend!!

  6. When I read your header from my Blog List I thought AB is gonna be rich! I'm not so sure after reading the contents. Some suspicion... but AB's still gonna be rich somehow.

  7. Mr Sub, Claudia, One, Cina. Thank you very much for making me smile again! Now I can go hehehe.....

  8. Thinking about, even if they do establish it in their country - regardless It should not effect you nor ask you.
    I think this is a scam - be cautious in giving out any information to them - like your bank a/c no.

  9. sounds a bit like a scam to me too. you"ve had all kinds of problems!
    whatever happened with that one blog that was stealing your posts (and photos too - even with your watermark!)?

  10. I think it's just a spam! Ignore it!
    have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Just ignore it sounds so fishy. I got so many email from bank manager in shanghai for business proposal. If it is a serious matter, they probably contact you again ;-).

  12. Oh yes, I also think it's a scam, please don't get involved!

  13. James, Wendy, Malar, Diana, Ali, THANKS!

    Wendy, regarding the thief who stole my post - Blogger had taken out the post from that blog. But then again there are also some fellas who want to steal my blog post titles. I just don't know why they can't use their own head to think and write something of their own.

  14. Like some of the others stated I would just ignore them.. What are they going to do... Hold it for Ransom...Sounds fishy to me too.

  15. It's a scam autumn belle. I just searched one of the url you provided above and nothing appeared in my screen. Be careful not to contact them. This is your website, therefore this is your property as well. Just ingnore them.

  16. When an entity (person) seek to register a domain name, the registrar will check to see if it is available. In this case, when they did the due diligence, they found your blog appearing when they typed in the key word(s) My Nice Garden. It appears that the law in China is that they have to notify party already using the name (You) and give you time to buy that domain name, if you so wish. It looks like a registrar for China domain name hence the domain names they are talking about ends in It may not be a spam as we cannot expect the same level of written English as we are used to when dealing with China. I have received worse correspondence…

    What you need to think about is if you want to keep this name “mynicegarden” for a website- which is what domain are about, not so important for blogs (at least for now). You can get your domain name from a number of Domain Registrar- perhaps you may want In the US domain name can be purchased for as little as $10 a year. I do not know about Malaysia or China. If you don't want the domain, others can buy/use it and then you cannot get it. That's why we always have to keep our domain registration current or it will lapse and someone buys it and holds you `ransom' especially if it is a company website!!

    What is most interesting is they mention Trademark- which is more tricky because you are the first person to use it and you can object to other using it. You might want to trademark ”My Nice Garden” for use on a horticulture product. This I think is the greatest value in your name and what the company is looking for.

    Hope this helps

  17. Vetsy, Mel, thank you very much for caring and sharing your words of advice which are much appreciated.

    Mom on Blog, thank you very much for your detailed explainations. Eventhough you are new here, I am touched by you care and concern.

  18. My Nice Garden is my first ever blog. Even the MNG name came from my own brain/head. I started with this name long before anyone thought of it, hence if you do a google search now, you'll arrive at my blogspotS and dotcom.

    I have invested a lot of time, effort, heart and soul into this blog. What I learnt, I'd like to share with anyone who reads my blog. I have this thirst for knowledge and I am absorbing it like a sponge now.

    I have many inspirational ideas that I can write non-stop about topics close to my heart, e.g. gardening, care for the environment and its inhabitants, nature... If anyone wants to profit from my reputation, take away my MNG Baby and pirate my stuff, My Readers will know what's genuine and what's not.

    To my readers, you may receive a similar email but remember: DO NOT GIVE AWAY YOUR PERSONAL PARTICULARS OR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS!


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