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Domainers Beware this Scam E-mailAs regular readers of this blog will know I believe there is money to be made buying and selling domain names. But there is also money to be lost due to scams, so take care.
I recently received the following e-mail :
Your domain was listed for sale.
Please send an email with your quote in US dollars or Euros for the name mentioned in the subject line.
Our company is working on custom software and hardware projects for several large corporation. Domain names is not our business but a new way to earn on reselling. We are going to buy domains to resell them at higher prices since we have a large database of clients interested in good domains.
Looking forward to do business with you.
Joseph Huberman, Ph. D.
[Note the English is good, but not quite good enough, there are mistakes.]
I was intrigued, but before e-mailing back my outrageous asking price for my very valuable domain I decided to do some hunting. I was surprised to find that Dr. Huberman and his company were nowhere to be seen on Google, at least not the Huberman I was looking for. So I delved a little deeper.
I looked at the return e-mail address huberman/AT/bonbon.net - well I've never heard of bonbon.net - in fact I thought it was rather sweet ! But it turns out that it is an anonymous type e-mail service. So alarm bells started to ring.
I eventually came across a message on a forum warning about just such e-mails - Discuss Names - one poster had been taken in by it although you will be pleased to learn that his credit card company refunded his money (hooray for credit cards !)
The scam is an 'appraisal scam' that works like this.
- They imply they want to buy your domain name
- You ask them for an outrageous amount of money
- They say they want to get the domain 'professionally appraised'
- They put you in touch with a trusted 'appraisal company'
- You pay for the appraisal
- The buyer changes his mind
- You sit down and weep
All names used in this post are fictitious.
So, if you have read this, then you have been warned !
Take care and please leave a comment or message about any scams you may have encountered or avoided ! :-)domainers