Posts Tagged ‘scams’
About The Domain Name & Trademark Dispute: Business Name
I got this email today, which happened to make it into my inbox. It seems to warn me of a company, THD Import & Export Co. Ltd, attempting to steal my brand name:
(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)
We are a Network Solutions Service Company which is the Inernet Brand and domain name registration in China. Here we have something to confirm with you. We received a formal application on 11/08/2013. A company named “THD Import & Export Co. Ltd” was applying to register “company name” as its Brand name and the following domain names:
After our initial checking, we found the names were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether “THD Import & Export Co. Ltd” has any relationship with you and whether the registration of the listed domains by “THD Import & Export Co. Ltd” would bring any impact on you. If no impact on you, we will go on with the registration at once. If you have no relationship with that company and the registration would bring some impact on you, please inform us within 10 workdays.Out of the time prescribed we will unconditionally finish the registration for “THD Import & Export Co. Ltd”
Please contact us in time in order that we can handle this issue better.
Registration Department Manager
I get things like this ALL THE TIME,
however, this spam email is quite clever. It looks like a legal notice. Makes you look at it to protect your brand. Further, as you read the email, it tells you to confirm that you own your brand and wish to protect it.
Fortunately for you, you have searched Google to see if the company is real or not. If you hadn’t, you would be put on a marketing list and solicited endlessly to purchase .asia, .cn, .com.cn and .hk domain names to “protect your brand”
DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL SOLICITATION – The company most likely won’t buy your domain name but may be inclined to register it if they feel you want to “protect your brand name” or even just from the contact.
Anyone brave enough to call them?
I have tried everything possible to be a good citizen.
Just got out of the police station after being arrested while riding my bike 50 ft on the sidewalk (at time of arrest I was off sidewalk) while waiting for my sandwich to be made at a local small business. Police claimed I had an open warrant from 2004 for unlawful possession of alcohol (Statute of Limitations for Misdemeanors is 1 yr, Felonies 6) but would not at the time tell me anything about the warrant, including what it was for or when.
Instead, the police proceeded to handcuff me in front of my fellow customers and business owners (I have an office a block away on the same street), remove my possessions and transport me to the police station. I lost my sandwich, however, I was lucky enough to have them lock up my bike for me instead of leaving it on the side of the street for criminals to take…
At the station I was polite as could be because if I wasn’t, they would have, though not legally, kept me in jail until Monday to see a judge to have this case thrown heard. I was questioned, fingerprinted and photographed after being let out of a cage during a process which took over 2 hours. Finally the bondsman showed up to let me go after I paid him $40 non-refundable for his service. I got back all my possessions and began to walk back to my bike, empty stomach, to write this story to you.
I want to be clear that the officers were doing their job, and so was the bondsman and everyone involved conducted themselves professionally, but THIS HAS TO STOP.
Over a minor Violation – the police arrested and made me pay bail, in effect, breaking the law themselves in the process. Not just a minor violation, but fundamental constitutional rights to due process.
No place in America is free or without some sort of oppression waiting for you to slip up. This weekend, please make sure that your shoe laces are tied in accordance with the law. They arrested me for Failure to Appear for charges (which were also BS) that were over 8 years ago – Statute of Limitations for Misdemeanors is 1 yr , they invaded my privacy next to monuments proclaiming “Live Free or Die”
I’m asking for your support by spreading this story and commenting. I will respond. If you don’t – it could happen to you.
Shares of Facebook’s first public offering. Ha
With initial asking price of $38 on Friday the 18th of May , Facebook’s IPO share price has dropped almost 15% at the time of this writing (mid-day Tuesday May 22nd). Why?
I’ll try to keep it simple. Several factors come into play when dealing with any stock price, especially an IPO. One is the value of the company – and Facebook is huge , claiming over 1 Bil users worldwide. But that’s not important, what really matters is revenue and GROWTH. Facebook gets most of it’s from ads, and about 15% from Zynga and other games – all on the decline. User interaction, acquisition and satisfaction are also flat or in decline. There is no growth to be had.
Facebook claims it will put more ads up,which I laugh at. My news feed is an ad, from “I’m successful”, “I need help” “I’m single”, “Read my Article” (me), “Click this Link” to “Buy me Birthday/Baby presents”. Facebook is no longer cool. How are you going to stack ads on top of ads?
So let’s get back to why Facebook’s IPO will fail, not for Facebook, but for all of you “learned” investors. See, nobody talks about the fact that Mark Zuckerburg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, the mural guy, and countless others are sitting on over a billion shares of stock, for which they can’t sell because of a stock lock up that will last between 90-180 days. They will then take their debted paper shares (Yahoo lawsuits, overhead, employees) and unload them into the market. This will be known as the Facebook IPO Scam.
Too bad Myspace didn’t think of this.
Update – 12/20/2013
Mark Zuckerberg sells 41 million of his shares – source: Yahoo News