Are domain brokers fraud? Was it real email that you just received offering you sell of your domain? This is the question came in my mind when domain broker emailed me from this id firstname.lastname@example.org
To spread awareness and help people from this scam, i am going to post their first email. So, here the story begins;
I represent an investor from USA who would like to buy tipslo.com for a new project.
The buyer is a professional investor and owns several businesses.
Are you still interested in selling this domain?
If so, please reply back and we will negotiate the price and discuss the sale process.
I have regular meetings with many major domain investors.
If you have other names for sale, please email me the list.
19 Palyam St.
Like you, i thought , it must be great to get some valuation of my domain and seek offer from the broker. I replied him in my email that yes i am selling my website if it gets good value. I also send him some other domains of mine in order to receive offer from him.
But, haha, the funny thing is that the scammer Haim Weizman sent me the following email to trap me:
My client offers a sum in $22,000 – $24,000 range.
Of course, the final figure will depend on the appraised value.
If your domain has been certified and appraised, please email me an appraisal certificate and we will proceed with the sale. If you don’t have a certificate it’s not a problem. I may send you instructions how to obtain it.
Please note, my client does not accept auto-generated appraisals and appraisals without trademark infringement verification.
The certification must include 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 we will increase the price accordingly.
2. Trademark infringement verification. It proves your domain has no trademark problems.
3. Verification of the owner. It proves you are a legitimate owner and your domain has no any obligations and restrictions. I’m sure that you are a legitimate owner so it will be only a formality.
You can read about certification agencies that can be accepted by my client at http://archive.answers-google.org/answers/threadview/id/189854.html (“Domain Broker” is my nickname).
The process is very easy:
1. Go to the certificate agency site and order a certificate. Just submit your domains and let them know you have a buyer with $22,000 offer and need a valuation near this value. After several hours you will get the results. If the price in your certificate comes higher we will increase our offer accordingly.
2. Then send the certificate via email and we’ll start the sale process.
If you are new to the certification process, I can help you with step by step instructions.
Haim Weizman and many of scammers like him are involved in this business. They are selling valuation certificates with the help of this email scam.
There are many people who received the same email and i am pretty sure they are going to change their strategy in order to make money.
It’s a common sense that when someone needs to buy your domain why he would demand certification? It is clear that when he has decided to buy , he must have appraised himself the domain.
It is therefore, i request to everyone that never waste your money on such domain scammers. Lastly, they are getting data – i think personally – from freemarket.com and flippa.com
I had no offer of domain selling before. But, since , i have listed my sites and domains for sell. I receive such offers directly via email. It means they are data mining from both sites and contact via email to mint money.
The following thing you keep in mind while selling your domain to individuals:
1. The basic logic before transaction
2. Whether they have https to their website.
3. Are they using paypal for transaction? Because you can ask for refund if you pay money to any scammer. And that’s why scammers never accepts money from paypal.
The following link contain complete information along with comments of people who have been either affected or contacted by these scammers:
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