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[scam] domain flippers caution

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by dramtulla, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. dramtulla

    dramtulla Junior Member

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    aright I'll start with: most of us on here can smell a rat a mile off but just in case you left your intuition at home:

    you list your domain on sedo, and receive an email like this:
    obviously you reply.....

    follow up email is as follows or similar:
    After this point I smelled the rat piss and laugh my ass off at the blatant scamming trying to push domain appraisals, yet on the opposite side I realised the opportunity to monetise this scam further, as this retard;
    1. doesn't have a website for his company 2. decent forum usage or even 3. decent English.
    So I'm warning on one hand and pointing out an opportunity on the other.
    Respect Fellow BHW Members!
     
  2. antsaoo

    antsaoo Supreme Member

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    Well , indeed :p quite stupid not to have decent website also he doesn't sound very official at all. Well in other hand if you can find domain appraisal affiliate this could be quite easy i guess . I think some newbie webmaster shit in their pants when someone is offering such amounts for their sucky website which haven made penny in 4 months and rush to get appraisal o_0
     
  3. werrich

    werrich Regular Member

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    that appraisal scam has been going around for a while. A couple years ago I got 2 of those emails (2 different domains) that were virtually identical letters. The person sending them out even used the same name/important sounding title in them. THe other domain forums showed a lot of people getting the same stupid email too.
     
  4. dramtulla

    dramtulla Junior Member

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    or charge 2x the amount off trusted domain appraisal services and claim yours in a "REAL manual service" like this dude, I'm sure some people fall for it or I guess this guy wouldn't try so hard :p
     
  5. dramtulla

    dramtulla Junior Member

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    Im sure it has been around a while, just saying 1st I heard off it in my 1.5 years flipping domains, there cant be a GREAT market as he cant afford a domain for his company + a decent sounding domain to make a "dummy" forum....so unless this noob is starting out and still pisses in a cardboard makeshift pot, I guess there aint many flippers who would fall for this scam as usually domain flippers aint stupid.
     
  6. tonlilaz

    tonlilaz Executive VIP Premium Member

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    rofl, yeah...classic scam

    but reply and say you'll take his initial offer of 5k
     
  7. Tom

    Tom Regular Member

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    You're misreading the email. The claim is that the link is for a discussion board post, not in anyway affiliate with an appraisal company. IMHO, linking to a comment discussion with a URL like that looks far more legitimate then if linked to "somesite.com" and on it there was only 1 forum post.

    Most importantly however, the landing page is hosted on a free host. Inside the landing page people recommend the real website (domainexplorer.org). So when his free hosting gets shutdown for spam he'll just move to a new one.

    And yes, this has been going on for at least 5 years now.
     
  8. dramtulla

    dramtulla Junior Member

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    yes I didn't misread it, I just mentally bypassed it lmao! As I say us savvy net users disregard such thing as much if not more than, adverts but Tommy u did highlight a good point it is easier to relocate and cheaper to use this the scam under feeehosting