Is this for real?

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  1. Digital Eye Candy

    Digital Eye Candy Established Member

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    Hi guys,

    I am really new to domaining. I purchased a domain last week. This morning I got the following email offering to buy the domain for $55, 000:

    Hello!

    I represent a buyer from Japan who wants to purchase xxxxxxxxxxxxxx for a new web project.

    I've found your address via WHO IS.

    My client is interested in purchasing your domain. If it's still for sale please get back to me.

    He offers a good price. If it's not enough please let me know.

    I'm working with many investors in Japan. If you have other names please email me the list.

    Best regards,

    Yuko Kitano

    Domain Broker

    CPI Hosting Inc.

    Tokyo

    Japan

    Phone: 816776495331


    I have done some searches to check if the email is showing as a spammer and nothing is appearing.

    So the question is, do you think this email genuine? And how do I respond to determine that it is?

    If anyone has had any experience with this I is would appreciate some help.

    Many thanks.
     
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  2. Fancy.domains

    Fancy.domains Golden bull of names Gold Account VIP

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    I hope that I am wrong, but it might be a so called appraisal scam?! Did you add a price anywhere?
     
  3. Digital Eye Candy

    Digital Eye Candy Established Member

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    I didn't add any kind of price. They mentioned the amount.
     
  4. Digital Eye Candy

    Digital Eye Candy Established Member

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    I haven't replied to them yet. I wanted to get some thoughts first.
     
  5. moe

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  6. Dmytro

    Dmytro Established Member

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    Yes, it's a scammer. Yesterday received the same email, word by word.
     
  7. Digital Eye Candy

    Digital Eye Candy Established Member

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    My gut was a scam but being new I thought I should check just in case :xf.grin:
     
  8. Kuffy

    Kuffy Name Stag VIP

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    You will get swamped with spammers and frauds if you don't use privacy. That mail is almost certainly an appraisal scam. or it is harvesting email addresses to sell to the hosting and design spammers. Confirmed addresses are worth a lot more.
     
  9. Fancy.domains

    Fancy.domains Golden bull of names Gold Account VIP

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    That makes my very suspicious. You can make a search for ”appraisal scam” on this forum if you are not aware of this phenomenon. I am sure that other forum members can give you further advices.
     
  10. Pierre Barnard

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  11. stub

    stub Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    It doesn't explicitly mention an appraisals. But that's what it will become, if you ever reply to this email. Somebody else said they already received the same message. A sure sign it's a scam, whether it be an appraisal scam, or somebody harvesting genuine email addresses. You should put that message in your spam box.
     
  12. Digital Eye Candy

    Digital Eye Candy Established Member

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    Done.
     
  13. BlackCatXIII

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    SCAM. I have recieved many emails like this one. They will tell you to buy a certificate from a specific website to complete the sale.
     
  14. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Hey From L.A. VIP

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    Its a scam. They want you to buy an appraisal. Not a real offer.
     
  15. Kenny

    Kenny NamePros Staff Member Services Gold Account VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Hello Digital,

    Welcome to NamePros.

    Everyone that says it is a scam is correct.
    Do as Fancy,Domains has suggested and search "appraisal scam" and you will find lots of information.

    In addition,

    We have many resources that are designed to help you get started:

    Domain Name Discussions is the most popular place in the entire industry to discuss domains with domainers and ask questions.

    Additionally, the following guides will help you navigate the marketplace to sell your domains:
    • The Marketplace Guide will help you with listing your domains for sale on NamePros.
    • The Domain Name Listing Guide will help explain the different sections on NamePros for domain sales and how to use them.
    • The Auction Guide will help walk you through starting an auction on NamePros.
    Last but not least, please check out our brief welcome guide that shows you all the great resources we have on NamePros: Click Here

    Please feel free to contact us anytime if you need anything. I'm always happy to help and answer any questions that you may have.

    We look forward to seeing you around!

    Peace,
    Kenny
     
  16. Digital Eye Candy

    Digital Eye Candy Established Member

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    Thanks Kenny,

    I am slowly going through the site as a total newbie. The site and everyone on here has been fantastic. I am discovering things all the time but was shocked/surprised to receive the email. I had no idea such practices occurred so was a little skeptical but wasn't sure, just in case. Glad I asked on here.

    Thanks everyone for setting things straight.
     
  17. nbuzz

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    got the same email just now lol
     
  18. Celebrating

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    @Digital Eye Candy

    Check settings at email. Need SMTP-server for watching information.
     
  19. erchaman

    erchaman DomainVale.com VIP

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    I recieved the same e-mail. SCAM
     
  20. Celebrating

    Celebrating Girl, who likes Anime VIP

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    Please, report here.
     
  21. KhaledA

    KhaledA Established Member

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    SCAM !!!
    Today I received a similar email from hosting company from Korea , asking me to get a certificate for my domain to close the deal !!!!!
     
  22. JanO

    JanO This advertising space is for sale Gold Account Blue Account

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    AIS01 namegolden.com VIP

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  24. iHaveThisIdea

    iHaveThisIdea Starfire Holdings PRO Gold Account VIP

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    Got the same email this morning.
     
  25. elevator

    elevator DnCombo.com VIP

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    A scam! Sometime they ask if you are a member of namepros.com or any other forum. in order for them to know if you are a good maga or not
     

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