Potential Scam Review

Located in Reviews started by Mister Funsky, Jun 20, 2019.


  1. Mister Funsky

    Mister Funsky Top Member VIP

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    Hi Rob,

    I thought about a private message first, then I thought about starting another thread on namepros to bring this to the attention of the community but decided to put it in this thread.

    The mods may move it and that is okay with me, but with all the knowledge you have and share, your insight on this one would be interesting. I have copied the email I received from the 'broker' and placed it below. This seems like a new twist on the 'we want to buy your name but you must first get an appraisal' scam. Please share your thoughts with us all.

    History: I received an offer on a name yesterday of the few that has my information not private/blocked. I responded with a link to two marketplaces that have the name listed and let them know to simply click the link to buy. I also included my normal statement that the price I have made available is only valid for 24 hours (otherwise I would post the name). This is the response I received to that email moments ago.


    "My name is (removed). I work for (removed).

    I act on the behalf of our VIP client (domain investor) and will help you to sell your domain. The buyer purchases several domains to generate traffic to his new web project.If you need faster response please contact me in Telegram messenger.

    Please send me your Telegram messenger user name. My user name in Telegram: (removed). Our commission is only 6 %. The commission is divided between you (3%) and the buyer (3%) and paid after you get the money.

    The buyer offers $XXXXX USD in Litecoins/Ripple or $XXXXX via bank transfer/paper check.
    The payment to you will be made via escrow service to protect both parties during the transaction. You will get 50% before the domain transfer and 50% after.

    To proceed with the sale, the buyer requires a verification of compliance with Korean law and trademarks because he will run his startup in South Korea. Please don't worry. If you don't have it you can order it online. I will help you with instructions and will not leave you along with this.

    According to his country law the domain holder may lose domain if it has trademark conflicts or other legal restrictions. He is a professional investor and cannot afford to lose the money and domain and will send you the funds only after you send him a verification from an independent agency that make legal verification in Korea. I hope you understand it.

    The verification must include the following:
    - The certification agency must be certified to verify domains in South Korea.
    - Verification of compliance with Korean law and trademarks.
    - The certificate must be up to date (issued during last 30 days).
    - Official copy of the verification in English and Korean.

    We asked him if GoDaddy or Sedo appraisal certificates will work as a verification for him. I'm not sure they have a license to verify domains in Korea. Now we are awaiting for his answer.
    If you are ready to to sell to my client please let me know."

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  2. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Staff PRO Gold Account VIP

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    Thanks -- definitely looks like a scam.

    Perhaps some Korean members of the NamePro community want to flush this scammer out. The industry does not need such scammers at all, and it does not reflect well on the Korean domainer community when this type of nonsense is allowed to continue.

    And yes, this topic deserves its own thread. @Eric Lyon
  3. biggie

    biggie Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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  4. Mister Funsky

    Mister Funsky Top Member VIP

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    Yep, its interesting...the email came from: HOSTWAY-KOREA.INFO

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