I received an email to the email address listed on our website (it's a generic firstname.lastname@example.org to help "weed out" spam, whereas each employee has something like email@example.com to which I manually forward any "real" email that comes in through the website.)
I received the following email (with actual names replaced with placeholders):
We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 14, 2014 that a company which self-styled "Some Other Corp. Ltd.". were applying to register some "ourcompany" Asian countries top-level domain names.
Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company's, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we will handle this issue better.
Some Fake Person
The email is "plain" (no attachments, no embedded images, just some basic HTML), the email address is "normal" and not consisting of random characters.
Is this a common email scam; and if so, what is their motive?