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Got an offer on a domain name, just wondering if it could be a scam

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by Viltedali, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Viltedali

    Viltedali Regular Member

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    Someone emailed me out of the blue asking if I'd sell a domain name for $125.

    Just wondering if there are any popular scams going around like this.

    The person has replied to my reply and seems legit, just don't want a headache. They recommended using escr0w.com to make the transaction, which seems safe. There were no crazy links in the email.

    I know there was something going around like this a while back, I think the angle was to include an affiliate link to a domain appraisal service to get the name appraised or something like that.

    Also, I looked at the fee page for escr0w.com and it shows the minimum fee for using there service is $25 (when I enter any amount, even $1, it shows the fee as $25), but maybe that is because I don't have an account there. The fees must be lower than that.
     
  2. ycfme

    ycfme Power Member

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    I've had similar "offers" out of the blue as well. turned out to be some bullshit in my case.Fool talking about his "client" and bologne.

    I suggest you tell them to cover the fees and take it from there.


    Hope this helps a little.


     
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  3. onlinewealth

    onlinewealth Junior Member

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    I got an email from a guy that wanted to buy one of mine, but he didn't tell me the price he wanted to pay until after I told him that I wasn't interested in selling it, but it would depend on the offer to know if I'd entertain the idea.

    He offered $200 and said that GoDaddy has a type of an escrow system used for domain deals between 2 people but it's not even registered there. I didn't bother responding after he made the offer because I don't know if it's worth more than $200.
     
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  4. hpv222

    hpv222 Power Member

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    I had similar offer only once and the guy paid me just like he promissed; I think I sold that domain for $300 or so

    when working online I have only one rule - risk only what you are comfortable losing; if somebody stiffs me for a few hundred bucks, I would be pissed off, but I can live with it :)
     
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    what's your domain?
     
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    if he doesnot require any domain appraisal then it's probalby not a scam, though using escrow there is a chance that you get scammed, as he can receive domain name, and then not to release money to you. Fees are a bit high, about $25 for transfer and about $30 to transfer to your bank.
     
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    You can't go wrong with escrow.com so go for it :) they have this process of paying, transferring to make sure both buyer an seller receive payment and domain transfer.. i've used them for over 4years now and even had a $10000 sale that went smoothly.. Go for it if its a reasonable offer. All the best!
     
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    I dont think that would be a scam email, since the amount is just $125.

    Using escrow for small amounts isnt that good, just because you would be loosing $25 from it just as you get paid!

    I would ask him to pay by Paypal Masspayment instead. I would be safe, because Disputes/Charge backs arent allowed on mass payments.


    ~ExP~
     
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  9. Viltedali

    Viltedali Regular Member

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    I thought that was the case with mass payments. He has since replied again that he'd take care of the fee for the escrow service.

    I may just ask for his # to talk briefly to him. The domain isn't being used for anything, I just don't want a big headache.

    Thanks for the replies.
     
  10. ivictus

    ivictus Regular Member

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    I recently bought a domain like this. I found one in listed in DMOZ that had not been updated in a long, long time. I emailed the owner and offered $250. He accepted and I just sent him the money over PayPal and he pushed it in to my GoDaddy account. No use of escrow. No problems.