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ok guys, what is the scam here ?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by jonoryan, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. jonoryan

    jonoryan Registered Member

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    Just after receiving this email for a low level website that I own, curious to know what the scam is here.

    We are an online business brokerage firm. Our clients are venture capital firms, publicly traded companies with acquisition departments, and private investors.

    A couple of our investors have expressed interest in this exact niche and would be interested in the possible acquisition of xxx.xxxxxxx.net. We would like to open up negotiations.

    Our investors at this time are only interested in online businesses that have over $50,000 annual net profit.

    If interested in entertaining an offer, please provide us with some history about the website.

    Best Regards,

    Abigail Boyd
    Acquisition Team Lead
    Phoenix, Arizona
     
  2. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Might not be a scam at all. Just look up the company who emailed you and see if they seem legit.
     
  3. kegnum

    kegnum Senior Member

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    Yea, I would be careful but this is the exact thing that happened to me and I sold two sites. Although you may only be making a few hundred a month from the site, if not less, it may be worth much more to another person.

    Examples:

    Site #1, health niche - made me about $300 a month and I sold it for 5K

    Site #2, clothing niche - at it's peak it made me about $700 - $1,000 a month and I sold it to a company that worked for Land's End (a fairly large American clothing company) for $35K. At first I was skeptical and I was very careful but it paid off.

    I took all that money and put it back in my business and most of the projects are doing quite well.... I think that we are going to see more of this type of thing as the internet becomes more of a main stream marketing medium.

    EDIT:

    Abigail Boyd
    Acquisition Team Lead <--- on second thought, if this is a typo (team leader) I would be extra careful
    Phoenix, Arizona
     
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  4. kvmcable

    kvmcable Supreme Member

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    LMAO - looks like scammer John changed his name to Abigail. Someone must of told him women's names work better.

    Check the header and see if sent from smtp.com. Respond and see if auto-responder fires back asking you to list your website at some auction website. Typical MO.

    These guys are scraping domain WHOIS and spamming domain owners looking for suckers. Good luck
     
  5. dotcomdesigns

    dotcomdesigns Power Member

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    Someone emailed me about a number of dating domains I had and offered my $10k for them. I set up an escrow account and the sale went through without a hitch although I thought it was very dubious at the time. And they were brokers too.
     
  6. Antwan

    Antwan Newbie

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    Talk to them first, but not just 1 - 2 e-mails, don't be afraid to ask questions or to doubt them. This is business an if they are serious, they will be patient enough until you are ready to make the sale. Don't rush into selling just because they offered a juicy amount of cash.
     
  7. archon810

    archon810 Newbie

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    I just got the very same email from Abigail - now, I'm not 100% but 99% sure it's a scam/mass mailer of sorts. No company is named, and the email came from gmail to an easily scrapable email address used on the whois of one of my sites. I'm not going to bother replying - it's so obviously fake.
     
  8. Fluid

    Fluid Newbie

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    people emailing to buy your site is ALWAYS a scam (treat it like that, its true 99.99% of the time), i got these email DAILY when i didnt use privacy protection for some of my eariler domains.ask them to use a REAL broker like sedo to make an offer for your site to be on the safe side.

    i cant really remember what method they use to scam you. but its very sneeky
     
  9. BENNY8877

    BENNY8877 Supreme Member

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    What makes you think it is a scam? I've had a few emails about my sites too, you will need to provide them with proof of income, etc, but it looks like they only are interested if your site brings in at least $50,000 per year.