I was scammed and its embarrassing

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  1. OmarVG

    OmarVG Active Member VIP

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    The scammers will be exposed on ScamPros

    Uglydork, you should fly to Atlanta and teach those bastards a Hard Lesson... Karma its a B*tch!
     
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  2. GeorgeK

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    I'm waiting for an escrow company to talk to HBO or George R.R. Martin about licensing the following slogan:



    "For The Night Is Dark And Full Of Terrors"

    :xf.smile:
     
  3. ksusha64

    ksusha64 Active Member VIP

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    I am sorry to hear the story. How much did you end up sending to this scammer?
     
  4. Arfhan Shah

    Arfhan Shah Established Member

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    Damn. Sorry to hear this Richard. We have done business before and there was trust between us but when things like this happen it is hard to trust anybody again.

    You end your story with "He wired back all of your money". So you got away with it in the end?
     
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  5. keston57

    keston57 Established Member

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    Sorry for all that you when through, I hope you have recovered most of your money, be careful next time.
     
  6. offthehandle

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    I got an email last week offering to buy one of my names, something about the domain Technologies(.)com in the email, which made no sense to mention such.

    Wonder if at all connected? Not any info you posted matches though.
     
  7. AvantBellwether

    AvantBellwether Established Member

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    Good on you for posting this here. We are all susceptible to scams if & when complacency finds its way into our lives and that goes for any area in life.

    We are really good at showcasing our successes and not so great at sharing our failures, so much so that it breeds divisiveness between those we have most in common with.

    'Insert some cliche line about failures being important'

    Also applicable:
    Greed blinds us and compromises our decision making, despite you acknowledging multiple red flags (we're all guilty of this) you went through with the deal.

    My Most Recent Failure:
    I sold some Ripple on eBay like a moron. Guy outright scammed me after he had received his Ripple then admitted it to me via email. My redemption became clear when I looked at his Ripple wallet that had over $1m USD worth of Ripple (at $2.30). Upon further investigation I found some other clues that led me to his true identity.

    Point being:
    I'll take that failure any day if I can use it to save others. He is under investigation by multiple agencies one would not like to get any attention from.

    We should start a failure forum.. if it exists already I apologize I am new here.
     
  8. MetBob

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    Thank you so much for providing this detail @uglydork as an important message that we all need to be vigilant. Beyond all of the hours of work and worry, the toll emotionally must be a lot, and know that you are in our thoughts. It seems trivial compared to this, but I remember as a late teenager, many many decades ago, someone stole a jacket that I had saved and paid more than any piece of clothing at that time, and I remember how violated I felt from it. Take care and thank you so much for the detailed account for the benefit of all of us.
     
  9. Silentptnr

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    Interesting what comes up when you google "passport" then click on "images". Not hard to get a copy of a passport. Damn!
     
  10. jideofor

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    Sorry about your experience but I am taken aback that nobody has highlighted why this whole thing worked on him.

    You were greedy... despite being warned by your backer, you still went ahead with it. You were emotionally excited and attached to the domain name, hence why you couldn't let go, despite all the red flags

    All i can read from this tales is a man too greedy to know it before it was too late... most victims of scams like this are greedy and that is why they fall.

    Why didn't you want to have the domain name in your account before completing payments?

    I don't know how you allowed this
     
  11. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Hey From L.A. VIP

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    I have been asked in the past, and complied with removing privacy from a domain to validate ownership. It takes one second to remove privacy and a few minutes for the change to propagate.

    Just a tip, ask that the privacy be lifted.
     
  12. Dave

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    Good on you for posting this here Richard. There is no shame in admitting when emotions and complacency get the better of us. That is part of being human.
     
  13. VaibhavA

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    Sorry for your loss.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you get it back.
     
  14. BrandBoogie

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    Geez! Sorry to hear about this.

    Thanks for sharing though
     
  15. tldboss

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    Thanks Richard for sharing.

    These days most scammers seem to prefer bitcoin, which is harder to recover. Hopefully you will recover most of your money. Keep pushing.
     
  16. 4better

    4better Established Domainer VIP

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  17. pablohc86

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    Thanks for sharing.. i really appreciate that you took the risk of being ridiculized.
    Anyway if someone tell me that they can't use escrow.com i will say let's use payoneer escrow, DN.com or sedo or epik escrow.... if they can't i'm ok to lose a deal btw i totally understand your feeling as i took few scam too in my past but not for such big amounts like this.
    Anyway we all need to be really careful all the time because the scam is always behind the corner
     
  18. uglydork

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    Mine
     
  19. uglydork

    uglydork Active Member VIP

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    • It was 100% greedy
    • I dont blame anyone but myself
    • Not looking for sympathy - I hope others will learn from my mistake
    • I am out 2K - I can live with that. I paid 2K to learn a valuable lesson.
    • I received an email from enom (I though) that said transfer was in progress so I released the funds
    • I know it was stupid!
     
  20. DnDot.com

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    I think that it would have happened to many of us......although many don't like to admit it, at least you have the courage to come forward and warn others. In in the grand scheme of things 2k isn't a lot for such a lesson that could have turned out a lot more expensive I guess?
     
  21. uglydork

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    It was odd - it wasnt a 1 or 2 day thing. We spent 2 weeks talking - he had this elaborate back story - it was a thing of beauty. His mistake was using a college kid I could manipulate to get the bulk back
     
  22. JB Lions

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    First, of course don't like to see anybody scammed.

    Second, will disagree that this would have happened to many of us. I think some are saying that just to be encouraging.

    Some nurse in Texas owning a name like Technology.com. In a bunch of Domain LinkedIn groups but says is new to domain flipping and doesn't know about domain pricing. The emails, taking too much advice from your friends, be yourself. Just the emails alone, all kinds of flags. Not to mention all the stuff mentioned in the thread. Can't use Escrow, right there it should have ended. Others saying it was a scam. Just flag after flag. I don't think most would have fallen for this, just the opposite.

    Live and learn, like you said it was just a 2k lesson.
     
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  23. Bonsu

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    Peeps like this makes things difficult for genuine domainers in Nigeria. So sorry and hope they catch those good for nothing fellows
     
  24. PotatoeSalad

    PotatoeSalad Established Member

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    Is it responsible to post the image of the person's full ID like that? It could very well have been stolen and used by the scammer, and having it public like this could set the victim up for even more identity theft, if that's the case.
     
  25. uglydork

    uglydork Active Member VIP

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    Less people are seeing it here than on Google where he got it!
     

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