I received this email today:
Our company specializes in acquiring expired domain names to help individuals and businesses protect their brand online.
The domain name TRUCKSTOPLOCATIONDIRECTORY.COM expired recently and we were able to secure it.
We noticed that you own TRUCKSTOPLOCATIONDIRECTORY.NET and felt that you may be interested in acquiring the .COM version of your existing domain name.
It is available for a one-time fee of only $49.00 USD.
To purchase or learn more, please visit http://lawe.us/buy.php?domain=truckstoplocationdirectory.com
At first glance I thought "Hey, that's a cool business model." Then, for some reason, the sneaky voice in the back of my head whispered "I bet it's a scam. I bet the .com expired and they don't own it."
Sure enough, these guys do not own the domain! They are selling domains that they don't own -- and only registering the domains if a customer buys them.
I just registered TRUCKSTOPLOCATIONDIRECTORY.COM at NameCheap for $8.81 -- a hefty discount from $49.00.
I rate this scam as AWESOME because it notified me about a domain I actually wanted.
This is actually quite ingenious. It seems like a smart way to sell domains at a fantastic markup.