“Is This Domain Name Email Legitimate?”
The ruse works likes this: Trademark owner applies for a trademark in the U.S. or with another office in another country. Information about the mark and the owner is publicly available to scammers through simple searches. The scammer sends an email to the trademark owner purporting to warn the mark owner of the ill behavior of a potential domain name squatter. Below is an actual email received recently by a client. I have changed the names in the email to avoid any embarrassment of the recipient, but I otherwise have left the text, including the grammatical errors of the original, intact.
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