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Domain Offer: Is this a Scam?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by wesleyrj, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. wesleyrj

    wesleyrj Newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    New to selling domains. Received a mail from a man interested, please see below. Does it seem legit?


    "My client offers a sum in $XXXX - $XXXXX range. The exact figure will depend on the appraisal results (see below).


    Before we go further we need only one thing from you:

    My client is a professional investor and he buys certified domains only.

    If your domain has been certified, please email me the certificate and we will proceed with the sale. If you don?t have a certificate it?s not a problem. I may send you a link where you can obtain it. Please don?t worry. It takes 1-2 minutes to order it. The results will be sent to you within 24 hours. Then you send me the certificate via email and we?ll proceed with the sale

    The certification includes the following:

    1. Independent valuation of the market price. It will show your domain name is not overpriced. On the other hand if the valuation comes higher we will increase the price accordingly.

    2. Trademark infringement verification. It proves your domain has no trademark problems.

    3. Verification of the owner. It proves you are a legitimate owner and your domain has no any obligations and restrictions. I?m sure that you are a legitimate owner so it will be only a formality.

    As a broker I?m very interested in a good valuation part of this certificate because my client pays me a commission (10-15% of the sale price) on every domain purchase. So I?m not interested in a low price too.

    You can read about the certificate agency at (name removed) (?Domain Broker? is my nickname).

    The process is very easy:

    1. Go to the certificate agency site and order a certificate. Just submit your domains and let them know you have a buyer with $20,000 offer and need a valuation near this value. After several hours you will get the results. If the price in your certificate comes higher we will increase our offer accordingly.

    2. Then send these results via email and we?ll proceed with the deal.


    If you are new to the certification process, I can help you with the step by step instructions."
     
  2. welly_59

    welly_59 Power Member

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    never heard of that before. care to share the supposed link to certification agency?
     
  3. wesleyrj

    wesleyrj Newbie

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    Sure.
    Will send now
     
  4. welly_59

    welly_59 Power Member

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    http://morganlinton.com/scam-alert-new-domain-appraisal-scam-website-domain-hosting-com-and-dirk-engelmann/
     
  5. wesleyrj

    wesleyrj Newbie

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    damn! Thanks Welly_59 :)
     
  6. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    This is a really old scam - been going around for years
     
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  7. Hawkster

    Hawkster Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Wonder how many people have been scammed over the years by this method.
     
  8. thehoots

    thehoots Registered Member

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    Wow! And the scammers even targeted that article as well! Look at those comments below the article lol

    I feel pity for those that fell victim to this scam, but it is a lesson to be learned.
     
  9. KnightRider

    KnightRider Regular Member

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    I have seen this scam going around since last 7-8 years. Do not fall into this trap.
     
  10. ExpressFans

    ExpressFans Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    It's obvious giveaway when he has composed most of the email around the "certification" process, rather than the acquisition.

    He blasts you with an potential "$XXXX - $XXXXX" pretends like that's nothing.

    I'm curious as to how much the "certification" would cost you.
    Wouldn't be surprised if it was $XXX
     
  11. vr123

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    its the nigerian prince scam 2.0
     
  12. GoldenWarrior

    GoldenWarrior Senior Member

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    If you think you want to sell your domain, Go to Flippa, Godaddy Auction, Sedo and many other domain selling sites. And take the payment through only Escrow.
    Thanks
     
  13. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Very old scam, I regularly get similar emails from the same people (I think they are Chinese company if I remember correctly)
     
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    asap1 BANNED BANNED

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    Big G keeps my email clean, I rarely get scam emails (well they hit the spam)

    Yes I still use big G's products and guess what? I buy sape links with google chrome too xD
     
  15. Robb13

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    Lessons learned.. I hate leaning that way lol
     
  16. littleslamanader

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    A gray scam buddy :thumpdown. I am not impressed. I'm just worried for the innocent people who will be fooled by this post.