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Is this email offer a scam?

Labeled as question in Domain Buying and Selling Discussion, started by Raymundo Marquez Jr, Jul 14, 2020

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  1. Raymundo Marquez Jr

    Raymundo Marquez Jr Established Member

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    Hi, I just bought a domain name about 3 wks ago, the valuation from Godaddy appraisal and Estibot is just between 800 to 1000 USD. Listed it on Godaddy auctions and Afternic with a buy offer of $500. Just this morning I get this email for forwarded by Godaddy to my inbox. (Some details replaced with x to preserve anonymity)

    “Hello! I represent a buyer from South Korea who wants to purchase your domain for $55000 If it's not enough we may negotiate. Regards, Chang xxxx, Customer Support Cafe24 Seoul Korea Phone: 82xxxxxxxx”

    I told them to just go to Afternic or Godaddy auction and buy the domain from the either site, so the sale will be hassle free, I am also quite suspicious about the offer. Then I get this email below after an hour..

    “My name is xxxxxx. You received email from my colleague. I'm responsible for communications with English speaking clients in Cafe 24 (hosting provider from Korea).

    We contacted you via GoDaddy WHO IS form. We represent the buyer from South Korea. Your buyer is a company from Korea. Your domain will be used to generate traffic to their new web project so they offer a good price. Commission of our company is 6%. It's paid when you get the money.

    They will pay you via the Escrow dot com or Swiss Escrow service. You can be paid via wire, Paypal, check or any other method you prefer.

    The buyer offers $55,000 usd.

    Do you have a domain certificate for Korea? It's required by their bank.

    The final sale price will depend on the certificate ($55,000 minimum - if it comes higher they will pay more).

    If you don't have it's not a problem. You can order it online.

    Please note they cannot accept it from any agency. They need a manual service. It also must be a third party independent agency (not your broker our auction site) and must be accepted by their bank.

    The certification includes the following:
    1. Independent valuation of the market price. It will show your domain name is not overpriced. On the other hand if the valuation comes higher, he will increase the price accordingly. In the domain name industry, there are many appraisal tools that people use to estimate the value of a domain name. My client does not want to risk and doesn't accept services that use scripts. If you are unsure about some service feel free to ask me.
    2. TM and law compliance verification. It proves your domain has no trademark problems.
    3. Copy in Korean.

    The process is very easy:
    1. Go to the certificate agency site and order the certificate . Just submit your domains and let them know you have a buyer with $XX,XXX offer. It will help you to get a better valuation.

    If your domain is worth at least $10000, they will send you the payment instructions. If it's not possible, they won't send you the instructions. This way you will not lose anything. It's very convenient and gives you the full protection. Other services charge you upfront even if your domain is not worth spending the appraisal fee, so I don't recommend them.

    2. Send the certificate to me and we will start the sale process. As soon as the buyer receives your certificate they will buy your domain.

    If you are new to the certification process, I can help you with the step by step instructions.

    You may check my recent domain sales in my private domain sale group in the Telegram messenger: a URL given for Telegram gp

    Add me ( at XxxxLawyer) to your contacts and we will be able to chat in Telegram. If you don't have Telegram you may install it on your smartphone from Google Play or AppStore.

    Please respond ASAP. We have another seller and he agrees to certify the domain. If you don't respond we will buy his domain.

    Best regards,
    Xxxxx
    Vice President
    Investor Relations
    Cafe24 Hosting
    Seoul “


    Do you think this is legitimate? Thank you.
     
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  2. NickB

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    scam

    use search box and type in certificate scam - loads of threads about this
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2020
  3. Raymundo Marquez Jr

    Raymundo Marquez Jr Established Member

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    Thank you Nick, it seems too good to be true. 😆
     
  4. NickB

    NickB Wales.org VIP

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    No worries - welcome to forum as well
     
  5. twiki

    twiki Top Contributor VIP Gold Account

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    100% scam, on the rise lately.
     
  6. April004

    April004 Established Member

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    Its a scam. simple. They ask to certify the domain for some price from third-party through which they receive a commission. You pay for the (fake) certificate, they both get money, later they'll cancel their offer saying their client is not interested in your domain anymore!
     
  7. Raymundo Marquez Jr

    Raymundo Marquez Jr Established Member

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    Thanks, it indeed defies logic! 😆
     
  8. Raymundo Marquez Jr

    Raymundo Marquez Jr Established Member

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    Thanks!
     
  9. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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  10. DomainVP

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    My eMail actually came in through GoDaddy as a 3rd Party:

    Someone is trying to contact you regarding [domain].com.

    Here is the message from [email protected]. Once again, this is NOT from a GoDaddy representative.

    Hello! We are interested in purchasing your domain. Respond and I will send details. Elisa Tsoy


    I responded because I never received a scam eMail via GoDaddy before. I was intrigued.
    They are clearly trying to scam people. What a waste of time.

    Here is the FULL eMail I received after I responded.

     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
  11. Raymundo Marquez Jr

    Raymundo Marquez Jr Established Member

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    Indeed, it is the exact email copy I received. Just the same template.. 😬.
    I wonder what the necessary agencies in the domaining industry do to discourage and even penalize these scammers..

    Thanks for sharing yours too..



    QUOTE="DomainVP, post: 7857804, member: 950007"]My eMail actually came in through GoDaddy as a 3rd Party:

    Someone is trying to contact you regarding [domain].com.

    Here is the message from xxxx. Once again, this is NOT from a GoDaddy representative.

    Hello! We are interested in purchasing your domain. Respond and I will send details. Elisa Tsoy


    I responded because I never received a scam eMail via GoDaddy before. I was intrigued.
    They are clearly trying to scam people. What a waste of time.

    Here is the FULL eMail I received after I responded.[/QUOTE]
     
  12. Heesoon

    Heesoon Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    Yes! It's a scam, obviously! Just block and ignore. Don't give them any information. I know, the same scam approached me just last week. I'm a new domainer as well.
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
  13. lock

    lock DomainUsed.com VIP

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    I don't even need to read past the first line.
     
  14. Raymundo Marquez Jr

    Raymundo Marquez Jr Established Member

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    Thanks, hoping they get caught.
     
  15. Heesoon

    Heesoon Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    Me Too!!
     
  16. lock

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    Some countries have laws if doesn't effect their citizens there is no problem so this won't go away.
     

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