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Scam or Not?

Labeled as question in Domain Selling and Domain Sales, started by Robert Oancea, Jun 10, 2020

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  1. Robert Oancea

    Robert Oancea Established Member

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    Hi everyone
    I wanted to share this with you or maybe someone else had this happened before.
    This morning I received an email that says someone is interested in buying one of my domains for a much higher price of $25000. After a few emails exchanged with the person i found out that she is a broker working for some rich investors from Norway who are looking to buy domains to invest in web projects, and after she told that in order to proceed with the sale, the buyer requires certification of compliance with Norway law and trademarks. Also told me to contact her ASAP on telegram where we can discuss in detail.
    Does someone know if this is a Scam or not? I have read on the internet that this type of Scam it's been used around.
    I hope you guys have more experience with this kind of transactions. Thank you for reading.
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2020
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  2. Tunababa8v

    Tunababa8v Established Member

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  3. noneisnone

    noneisnone Established Member

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    From what i seen on this forum whenever someone asks for a certificate it is a scam :D
    never experienced such a thing tho
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2020
  4. NameDeck

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  5. Abdullah Abdullah

    Abdullah Abdullah Top Contributor VIP

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    It is well known scam. if you want to play along without losing anything than time of course, ask them to deduct the appraisal money from the money on offer. They will be gone forever lol.
     
  6. Domainsyrup

    Domainsyrup Top Contributor VIP

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    They offer me $85k for my shitty domain. LOL ! it is a scam ....
     
  7. CraigD

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    Telegram ?
    Are telegrams still a method of communication?

    Reply that you will send it via carrier-pigeon.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2020
  8. Mister Funsky

    Mister Funsky Top Contributor VIP

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    Sorry, but it is a tired old scam. These low life vultures raise their heads from time to time.

    Send them an email that you have posted all their info on a domainer site to verify their validity. That should make them leave you alone.
     
  9. Rory Ivey

    Rory Ivey Top Contributor VIP

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    Sadly these scams must be working for it to still be so prevalent.The scam idea is just to let you pay for some service like appraisal or some other invented non sense... Maybe they will let their special lawyers at a specific to a global copyright search for a small sum. But what's that when you about to get 25K.

    Then abracadabra.... and they vanish
     
  10. Robert Oancea

    Robert Oancea Established Member

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    Thank you guys for your replay. Appreciate.
     
  11. ABDELDJALIL

    ABDELDJALIL Established Member

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    They are back in fashion , actually Telegram is a very popular mobile messaging app
     
  12. Spex

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    Got my first one today. A buyer from South Korea offered me $55,000

    I told him it was his lucky day because its listed for only $500 on afternic and encouraged him to buy it before someone else does
     
  13. Sumeeth

    Sumeeth DomExpert Epik.com Staff VIP

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    100% scam, especially new domainers gets these type of emails (as they are in the hope that domains sells in 10000s of dollars) in the name of asking appraisal certificates and for that they ask some money to buy certificate.

    Generally nobody offer such a huge money initially to buy any domain. So newbies you have to beware of these types of emails. Do some research before exchanging emails as well as we don't know sometimes we get trapped in the hope of getting huge money.

    Thanks,
    Sumeeth
     
  14. Ategy

    Ategy NameCult.com TheDomainSocial.com VIP Gold Account

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    This is what's called an "Appraisal Scam". Do a search for the term here at NamePros and you'll get TONS of information.

    Essentially these people set up the actual appraisal companies. So they get you to pay $50-$100 for an appraisal, and then they disappear.

    They make it look legit by giving you a few choices. But typically they own the cheapest 1 or 2 on the list to make it look legit.

    Unfortunately it is very common in the industry.

    The best thing to do is ignore them .. but if you have already engaged them, then waste their time by taking forever to respond and asking a lot of stupid questions over and over again.
     
  15. Robert Oancea

    Robert Oancea Established Member

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    Thank you for your information.
     
  16. Save Breach

    Save Breach Established Member

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    First BAIT, is a huge offer, without negotiation. Usually, even if big organisations are trying to acquire a domain, they reach you out through a proxy buyer, who starts low balling. That's how negotiations happen, if its a bigger (than expected) offer right away. First, red flag. Proceed with caution.

    If you are asked to pay for any kind of certification, then ITS A SCAM.
    As a seller, you don't PAY for anything, its the buyer's job to verify & pay for everything of that sort.
    At this point, they are trying to sell you a service (that you never needed) and you are not the seller anymore (don't pay for anything).

    Did you say Telegram?

    Why not email or, Skype or, a professional contact medium, if she's a professional broker? Another red flag. Lastly this is why I usually use Whois privacy so that such scammers can't reach out to me through email, with such offers.

    Take care & stay safe.

    Cheers
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2020
  17. Robert Oancea

    Robert Oancea Established Member

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    Hi @Save Breach , yes to many red flags in that email. Thank you for your replay, I appreciate it.
     
  18. Haroon Basha

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    It is a an old scam, you got it late.
    The Rule of Thump: Any one who asks you an upfront payment/fees, is 100% scam. Trash them out.
     
  19. otismo

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    ignore

    a real buyer will eventually contact you directly with a real offer - take it.
     
  20. pteracuda

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    Scam, the certification company was just setup itself, I got this same message a few months back and the certification company was just registered and setup the same day.
     
  21. xynames

    xynames XYNames.com PRO VIP

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    I’ve sold domains for $25000 or even $75000 - but the offer never starts at that price, no matter who the buyer is. That’s another way to look at it.
     
  22. rawapesona

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    Thank you for your information.
     

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