We’ve noticed a recent rise in unsolicited third party emails informing clients they have a key Domain name for sale and asking them to respond to negotiate a price. Astonishingly these domains aren’t even registered and should the client respond to this email, the third party will then quickly secure Domains and then re-sell them an inflated price.
This practice is perfectly legal, but the emails are misleading and take advantage of the fact that some bigger brands find it difficult to maintain a complete view of their Domain portfolio. They tend to target international extensions as some clients don’t know where to check the who is status, they also tend to go for extensions with no real restrictions to register.
A proactive approach to securing the international extensions that are in-line with your online strategy should be your core message of your Domain Name strategy.