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Scam or no scam?

Labeled as advice in General Domain Discussion, started by Want2learn, May 23, 2017

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  1. Want2learn

    Want2learn Top Contributor VIP

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    I received this email today . . .I inserted the Xs and the XY

    Hello!
    I represent a buyer from XXXXXXX who wants to buy XXXXXXXX.com for a new web project.
    Are you still interested in selling?
    The buyer is a professional investor with a good budget.
    I located your contact information via whois search.
    I help VIP clients of our hosting company to buy names.
    If you have more names please email me the list.
    Best Regards,
    XY
    Personal Broker
    XXXXXXX
    Hosting Company
    Tokyo, Japan
     
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  2. Aspiring Billionaire

    Aspiring Billionaire Established Member

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  3. Want2learn

    Want2learn Top Contributor VIP

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    That is what I suspected! Thanks.
     
  4. shorterwinters

    shorterwinters Established Member

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    well, if I got that email......and I am buying domains and hope to sell them....I sure would pursue it.
    I wouldn't go giving a list of my names quite yet but I would acknowledge the offer and find out what he had in mind of paying for it before revealing other related names.
    Might be a scam......might not.
    I just sold a name and it pretty much started out that way and straight out of left field tho there was no mention of an investor with a big budget or hosting company or vip. It was just some person asking if I was interested in selling the name.
    Why wouldn't you reply?
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2017
  5. awwalmb

    awwalmb Axiai.com VIP

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    SCAM !
    After replying you'll get this insane offer only if you do a manual appraisal, but of course this 'kind' person will help you through it all.
     
  6. RevolutionaryDomains

    RevolutionaryDomains Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Age old appraisal scam. Next reply from them after your agreement to sell would be their requirement for an appraisal from one of their entities.

    Delete and move on with life...cheers!
     
  7. MapleDots

    MapleDots Restricted (15-30%)

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    Dead giveaway....

    I want your domain

    If you have more domains I am also interested.

    A real end user could care less about your other domains.... they want the one they want and that is it.

    Scam all the way
     
  8. Want2learn

    Want2learn Top Contributor VIP

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    Everything written has happened. I did respond back. Now I just need a certificate to make it happen! They loved the domain a lot, 15-20k. Sheesh why can't they be on NP doing my appraisals;)
     
  9. shorterwinters

    shorterwinters Established Member

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    Bingo! that would be true.

    well......want2learn posted while I wrote this.
    Nice deal....congrats and good luck
    you just never know I guess
     
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  10. EmotiveDomains

    EmotiveDomains Top Contributor VIP

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    I don't think many genuine buyers start off negotiations by telling you they have a 'good budget'.
     
  11. Want2learn

    Want2learn Top Contributor VIP

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    Lol I should have started my negotiations and played hard ball!
     
  12. barefooted

    barefooted Established Member

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    Just google a part of email when in doubt - here are results for your email:

    https://www.namepros.com/threads/scam-or-not.1012188/

    http://morganlinton.com/most-popular-domain-name-scams-part-i/ - see comment from
    rg May 15, 2017, 6:14 pm:

    They’re still out there doing this. I got one today 5/15/2017 see below. I reply asking them to make an offer and when they replied $85000.00 I knew it was a scam and then search and found this tread.


    Hello!


    I represent a buyer from Osaka who wants to buy XXXXXX.org for a new web project.
    I help VIP clients of our hosting company to buy names.
    Are you still interested in selling?
    The buyer is a professional investor with a good budget.
    I located your contact information via whois search.
    If you have more names please email me the list.
    Best Regards,
    Yoshihiko Kawanaka
    Vice President
    Investor Relations
    Heteml ltd.
    Hosting Company
    Tokyo, Japan
     
  13. Aspiring Billionaire

    Aspiring Billionaire Established Member

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    :ROFL: . . . (y)
     
  14. Want2learn

    Want2learn Top Contributor VIP

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    It was def worth the reply!! Just not the result I wanted:)
     
  15. Nerevar

    Nerevar Top Contributor VIP

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    Appraisal scam. He will ask to have domains appraised for a fee.
     
  16. tomcarl

    tomcarl Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Offer the domain to him for $50 bucks, see if he asks you to buy an appraisal.

    Received the same email 6 years ago.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2017
  17. nomen

    nomen Top Contributor VIP

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    Always wondered what is the success rate of this scams... Apparently high enough for them to keep on trying.
     
  18. Pierre Barnard

    Pierre Barnard Top Contributor VIP

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  19. Ategy

    Ategy Arif M, NameCult.com TheDomainSocial.com VIP ICA Member Gold Account

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    Yeah .. scam .. but at least he's not claiming to be a student! lol

    The real key is no phone or email at the bottom ... in fact you can usually tell right away based on the sender's email address ... pretty much 100% of offers from emails with numbers or hyphens in them are scams! ;)
     
  20. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    you always want to answer
    And treat them as a customer

    as long as its obvious that they are scam

    I once treated a guy like a gangster
    and in the end I pissed off a bulk buyer ;)
    I still own that domain he wanted to give me 750 for .. ;)
     
  21. DNGear

    DNGear Domainnaut VIP

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    how many people would fall for this everyday?
    As a NP member we knew about this scam. What about new domainers?
     
  22. DeliDomains

    DeliDomains Oswin

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    No one tells you they have a good budget to buy domains. :) SCAM move on.
     
  23. shorterwinters

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    ok, with this post, another post or two after this one by you as well, and with my dyslexic mind I am not sure what you have found out and I am curious. Scam or no scam? Were they really interested in the initial domain or not?
     
  24. Want2learn

    Want2learn Top Contributor VIP

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    Sorry, it was a scam! PresidentFailures.com according to the email was worth 15-20k . . . which is laughable, obviously:)
     
  25. shorterwinters

    shorterwinters Established Member

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    Bummer.
    Uhmmmm, yeah. That kind of money on that from out of left field would kind of make me really wonder as well although I think you could make something out of that and get some traffic especially in these times. From there? No clue, I am a beginner as well but my first thought of that name is if you got something off and running with whatever ideas you had that inspired you to reg/buy that name and then promoted it for sale you could make a few bucks for sure.
    (nope, I not interested in making something from that tho I can see it being done)
     

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