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Flippa Escrow Scam - Lost 2K and a website.

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by shamster25, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. shamster25

    shamster25 Regular Member

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    I've never had a problem with escrow but as of now I'm never using them again. Apparently there is some scam that's been around but this is the first time I've ran into it. :(

    We go into escrow and I transfer the site - the guy has 3 days or whatever to verify everything blah blah. He changes the domain whois info etc. to himself, then tells escrow that he never got the site or some shit - I don't even know what the guy said. Anyway long story short escrow renegs the deal and I'm out on the $2,000 the site sold for and I'm out on the domain name - and the guy has all the website content so the bastard got the site I built up for free. I mean it was just another quick flip site that I built revenue on ($525 adsense first month) that usually attracts legit buyers who want some low-maintenance / pretty much auto-pilot income, but this has definately dealt a blow to my morale.

    Just thought I'd vent, talked to Flippa and there is pretty much nothing I can do except get the guys account banned. The sad part is the guy had like 15 feedback. Fucking pathetic.
     
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  2. PinkyX

    PinkyX Power Member

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    sorry to hear that... but sh1t happens
     
  3. Karlos

    Karlos Junior Member

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    At the experienced-people.net forums they have long been warning about the risks with escrow.com in threads like this one. Here's another story of someone who lost money through using escrow.com (and how it happened). As "james" says there:
    Flippers seem to all promote and use this escrow service without realizing the risks. Sorry you lost money on this, but you've done the right thing in warning others about such scammers.
     
  4. unknownn

    unknownn BANNED BANNED

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    yeah thats a reason why i dont accept escrow.com .If someone wants to use an escrow service i only accept http://www.sedo.com as they are really professional and secure for both sites
     
  5. ScrapeBoss

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    Well, all is not lost yet. If you have the heart, you can still teach the guy a lesson never to cheat others in the way he has done. If in your position, I would:

    1. buy a new domain name similar to that of the site

    2. copy and paste all content to your own new site and run different layers of backlinks to the site so that the pages of your new site would rank

    3. clickbomb all the adsense ads on the site sold to the guy. Do that for about 7 consecutive days. I am sure the adsense account would be banned before the 7th day

    The only thing you would lose here is the domain name of the site sold.
     
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  6. skoolage

    skoolage Registered Member

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    If you post the name here I and I'm sure a few other bhwers would be willing to clickbomb the FUCK out of that site.

    Only do that if you know you can't get it back though.
     
  7. NapsteR

    NapsteR Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'd clickbomb for you mate.. I really hate scammers...
     
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  8. cbnoob

    cbnoob Senior Member

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    WTF, I thought escrow is safe to use. What can we trust now?
    I really feel sorry for you, OP
     
  9. luiza

    luiza Junior Member

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    Don't give up.

    Write a letter (not email) to escrow and explain what happened and threaten legal action if they don't look into it. Also write the legal authorities in the area of the scammer describing the fraud and threaten criminal complaint. If this is in the US, it's wire fraud.
     
  10. axj85

    axj85 Registered Member

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    true don't give up.
    You should be able to do something about it.
    Keep us up to date and good luck!
     
  11. Santini

    Santini Junior Member

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    This is a difficult one. I think I would send appropriate official style letters to escrow and Flippa regarding the bad publicity they are both getting on IM forums.
    While at the same time start a clickbomb campaign as suggested.
    There does come a point where you have to walk away, it grates but it's better stress wise.
     
  12. dayomoto

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    Thats messed up man, defineately get him back, the asshole will be thinking he got away with it...seriously clickbomb him (i can help), you could even go furthur and post his phone no. nd address on porn chat site with a sexy chick pic..make him know he chose the wrong dude to fuck with.
     
  13. dude21

    dude21 Newbie

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    This is really sad to hear from you.You did all the work and some asshole take the site free.Damm , that sucks ...

    Any way so is this the paypal only the right way to trading in flippa.Since you take money in advance and then transfer the site?I am just new in the site flipping business.
     
  14. etrader

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    So what is best method , if we can not trust Escrow , how we should make this right ?
     
  15. psychicBOY

    psychicBOY Newbie

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    I should be careful with escrow frm next time :-|
     
  16. ScrapeBoss

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    Paypal is still good. I have never had any issues with Paypal. The buyer would never had won if it had been paypal because it would be considered a digital product.
     
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  17. kennyhoc3

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    ^^^Clickbomber on standby lol I hope you get something back out of the deal, its never fun loosing money or time spent =( and in the end I hope this guy gets what he deserves!
     
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    lattenlui Newbie

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    Give us the URL... :D
    Let's clickbomb the site!!!
    I will help you ;)
     
  19. janemax

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    I thought escrow is the best option !!!!
     
  20. ScrapeBoss

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    OP is no longer responding to this thread. Or has this thing been settled?