I finally received a scam e-mail that helped me out.
I hate getting scam e-mails about my domain names — from phishing attempts to the appraisal scam to the “U.S. Copyright Registry” to broken-english e-mails that inform me someone is trying to register my trademark in Asian domain extensions.
But today I got one that was actually quite helpful. You’ve probably received it before — an e-mail explaining that an alternate extension to one of my domains is available for registration and that I must respond to secure it.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES LEGAL CODE
TITLE 15, Sec 1125. False descriptions, and dilution of Trademarks and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) Be advised: Protecting a domain name registrant or trademark owner from confusing and/or conflicting domain name registrations is not the responsibility of the domain and trademark registration processes….
You are required to advise the Domain Notification Processor of your intent to license this name on or before the expiration of this notice.
Note: you may disregard this notice. If you disregard this notice or fail to reply:
(a) The licensing rights of this domain name may be assigned to any other applicant,
(b) DNNP and or any ICANN accredited registrar will not be liable for loss of domain name license, identical or confusingly similar use of your company’s domain name; or interruption of business activity or business losses.
If you fail to reply to DNNP this domain may be registered by any third party without further notice. You must advise us of your intent to (a) secure this domain name or (b) to leave this domain name for Public Registration.
…you know the one.
But in this case it was helpful. I own SaltWaterPools.biz. Salt water pools are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional chlorinated pools. But .biz is a bad extension. My spam informed me that SaltWaterPools.us was available. That’s a better extension (albeit still no .com), so I logged into my Moniker account and registered the domain name.
Thanks, domain name scammer!