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How to contact owner of domain to submit an offer to buy it? They have whois protection

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by krzysiekz, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. krzysiekz

    krzysiekz Senior Member

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    Hi guys!

    Hoping someone here has a clever idea. I'm starting up an online store soon and thought of a name that I think suits very well. Unfortunately, the .com and .com.au are both taken.

    I am not too fussed about the .com.au as it will be a worldwide store, but the .com is taken.

    Fortunately, it is a blank white page with title "Untitled Document". Clearly it is sitting there and has not been used for some time. First registration in 1999, though. I tried to look on Google cache / way back machine but due to the robots.txt file, it says there is nothing it can show me. So there is no way for me to tell whether this site has been sitting blank for years, or whether that is a recent change.

    In either case, it is registered through GoDaddy but I don't really want to pay their $70.00 fee + commission + actual price to get the domain, especially since GoDaddy has an incentive to get as much as possible for it, as they get a cut of the commission.

    Is there any way for me to find their details and contact them? With a blank website, it is rather hard to get in touch.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you! Rep given for answers that help!
     
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  2. krzysiekz

    krzysiekz Senior Member

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    Anyone have any clever ideas? :) Still looking for a solution!
     
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    MTUser2010 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It is always possible that I am not understanding you correctly because you have not provided a specific domain name; therefore, I cannot check whois. However, it is my experience that private registration is not an impediment to you contacting the owner.


    Most of my domains have private registration. Nevertheless, I regularly receive solicitations to purchase similar domains to mine through my private registration. When somebody emails me through the proxy email address listed in my private registration, that email is simply forwarded to the address that I provided to the registrar.


    You should therefore be able to simply use the proxy email address that you find in the WHOIS database, explain your situation, and see if the owner is interested in selling to you.
     
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  4. krzysiekz

    krzysiekz Senior Member

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    Thanks for that! I noticed there was what looked like a proxy email address, but was not aware that it would get forwarded to the domain owner. That's a good bit of information and I think this is all I will need to get the job done.

    Thank you for your time, rep. has been added!
     
  5. saber210

    saber210 Supreme Member

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    Well, all of the emails that you send on the email indicated on the whois will be forwarded to the domain owner.

    I have whois on namecheap too, and I always receive emails like this.

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