That scam, or derivatives of it, have been around for a while. Several years ago (around 2000) while I was working in Europe our UK office was contacted by a UK firm who claimed to be a "concerned party" who discovered that one of our competitors was trying to register a variation of the company domain name. They offered to register it for us to protect it--for a price of 300 pounds!
I pointed out that the office could simply register it themselves for about 20 to 30 pounds, which was the going rate back then. I got the deer-in-the-headlights look from the office manager who thought it would be a good idea to pay them the 300 pounds.
It wasn't even a domain name that we would consider registering. LOL
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