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Someone offered to buy my domain - feels suss

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by codo3500, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. codo3500

    codo3500 Regular Member

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    Hey guys,

    I bought a killer domain name the other day, and then put it on sedo.co.uk. I then registered it for a greatdomains auction.

    A few days later (well before the auction) I received an email from a random guy saying he would like to buy the domain. He asked for a price, I told him to make an offer. He said US$6-8k but would need to get it appraised first.

    He said he's cool to pay via Paypal or Escrow, or Wire Transfer. He even gave me a link to a blog that recommends appraisal sites.

    Something just feels suspicious. I've never done this before, am I missing something?

    Cheers,
    JC
     
  2. SEORasta

    SEORasta Senior Member

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    That scam is years old..DO NOT DO IT!!!!!! Appraisal scam is know just google it!
     
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  3. cnick79

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    If he offered $6-8k, then why in the world would YOU go out and get it appraised? That burden should be on him. If he wants to get it appraised, then he can do so after he pays you.

    I wonder if the blog he sent you was his blog with affiliate links and this was his way to get you to visit his blog, and click on the links so he could receive affiliate commission.
     
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  4. codo3500

    codo3500 Regular Member

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    Thanks guys, something didn't feel right.

    I'll offer him a discount if he gets it appraised, if it comes in low I just won't sell :)
     
  5. eyerish

    eyerish Regular Member

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    If he does escrow or wire transfer, then he can't really screw u very easy.
     
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    SEORasta Senior Member

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    I sell domains and dont even bother responding...your spinning your wheels honestly....reall offers will NEVER ask you to do something other then ask how much!
     
  7. groc42688

    groc42688 Newbie

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    Classic advice, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
     
  8. carrepairs12

    carrepairs12 BANNED BANNED

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    got this from Joe Wein's blog

    Domain appraisal scam
    July 30th, 2009 ยท 7 Comments

    Be careful if you receive an email like the following:

    We are interested to buy your domain name YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE and offer to buy it from you for 80% of the appraised market value.

    As of now we accept appraisals from either one of the following leading appraisal companies:

    - fleos.com
    - sedo.com

    If you already have an appraisal please forward it to us.

    As soon as we have received your appraisal we will send you our payment (we use paypal for amounts less than $2,000 and escrow for amounts above $2,000) as well as
    further instructions on how to complete the transfer of the domain name.

    We appreciate your business,

    Yours truly,

    Mark Evans

    The offered percentage or the alias of the sender may be different. The list of appraisal companies may vary too and the catch is in the requested appraisal: Whereas sedo.com is a well established company dealing in domain resale and appraisal, domains fleos.com, flyrating.com and others are new:

    Domain Name: FLEOS.COM
    Registrar: WEB COMMERCE COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED DBA WEBNIC.CC
    Whois Server: whois.webnic.cc
    Referral URL: http://www.webnic.cc
    Name Server: NS1.EZYDOMAIN.COM
    Name Server: NS2.EZYDOMAIN.COM
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 04-jul-2009
    Creation Date: 04-jul-2009
    Expiration Date: 04-jul-2010

    Registrant Contact:
    Modern Outlook Sdn Bhd
    Modern Outlook Sdn Bhd (reg_460127@whoisprotection.cc)
    Lot 13-01A, Level 13 (East Wing) Berjaya Times Square, No.1, Jalan Imbi
    Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia 55100
    P: +603.21491999 F: +603.21431685

    This one was used earlier than in the above sample:

    Domain Name: FLYRATING.COM
    Registrar: WEB COMMERCE COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED DBA WEBNIC.CC
    Whois Server: whois.webnic.cc
    Referral URL: http://www.webnic.cc
    Name Server: NS1.EZYDOMAIN.COM
    Name Server: NS2.EZYDOMAIN.COM
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 26-may-2009
    Creation Date: 26-may-2009
    Expiration Date: 26-may-2010

    Registrant Contact:
    Modern Outlook Sdn Bhd
    Modern Outlook Sdn Bhd (reg_449229@whoisprotection.cc)
    Lot 13-01A, Level 13 (East Wing) Berjaya Times Square, No.1, Jalan Imbi
    Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia 55100
    P: +603.21491999 F: +603.21431685

    Notice how they’re both registered via the same registrar. If anyone checks out the fees they’ll find that not coincidentally these no-names charge less than Sedo.com for their service, so they might easily get picked by domain owners hoping to make quick cash.

    Your guess is as good as mine who sends out those buy offer spams that drive business to those cookie cutter domain appraisal firms, who take $22.95 from anyone falling for this scam.

    Unless you enjoy getting scammed, avoid any domain purchase offer in which the would be buyer does not come up with an offer price on his own but asks you to get an appraisal from a third party and promises to pay you a percentage of the appraised value!

    Other “appraisal company” domains used:

    * nameorange.com
    * pedma.com
    * pozde.com
    * podzz.com
    * domainexplorer.org
    * pddomains.com
     
  9. srhosting

    srhosting Newbie

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    the "i'll buy your domain" trick has turned up quite a bit since last week. it's been posted about on a few forums the last few days...
     
  10. hackNstuff

    hackNstuff BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    Escrow services are only good if they're reputable, anyone can link you to an "escrow service" they control....watch yourself, if you do end up selling make sure *you* pick the escrow service, not the buyer. (general advice)
     
  11. Guaji

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    sorry wrong thread.