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Domain Buying Scam
Here is a new domain buying scam I just delt with. They seem to be first trying to make you pay for an unheard of domain appraisal website called domain explorer org (I took out the hyperlink because I don't want them to get a free real link)for an evaluation. Here it is in full:
We are interested in your domain name for sale. Investing in domains is a profitable business. We are in real estate business. Sometimes we buy, sometimes we resell for making a profit.
Looking forward to do business with you.
Elite Investment Group
To which I reply that they can feel free to submit an offer. Here is his next response:
"We both need independent valuation first. Sellers always provide buyers with valuations. This is a common practice.
I don't trust $14 services like that GoDaddy's valuation service. Nobody will do a research for $14. We need a real manual service. I researched several companies and here are the results:
I wanted to engage XXXXXXXX.com (again no free links, especially since they are not even relevant to the situation and not likely real) as appraiser but looks like this company has very bad reputation
Just read this blog
So I'm not going to accept this fraudulent service.
I also considered www.AXXXXXXXX.com, but now it's clear their service is not reliable enough.
Just read this:
aXXXXXXX.com/ "Capsule Review: After lots of complaints, AXXXXXX is no longer a recommended service. We will re-review the service in the near future."I was told about manual research service from xxxxxxxxxx.com. It costs - $200/hour.
Many experienced sellers suggested me Domain Explorer org as a trustworth manual service. They charge per name not per hour. I've read only positive comments about them."
To which I reply that I will be happy to use a real service only.
They then reply:
"No deal without appraisal from a trusted source. This simple rule has saved
me a lot of money and time. Feel free to contact me when you change your position and let's do business the right way."
So I know for sure it is a scam at this point, so I say:
"Okay, feel free to use your service and I will sell you the domain at this price, but you can pay for the evaluation"
They then reply with the exact same cut and paste:
"No deal without appraisal from a trusted source. This simple rule has saved me a lot of money and time. Feel free to contact me when you change your position and let's do business the right way."
At that point I stated that this was obviously a scam and asked if they owned Domain Explorer org. I told them that I would report this if they did not get back to me with an explaination. Of course they did not
Last edited by email@example.com : 03-12-2009 at 11:51 PM.