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    [scam] someone wanting to buy your domain

    Received the following email the other day:

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    Hello,

    I'm interested in your domain in the subject line.

    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.

    Regards,
    Andrew Murphy
    Vice President
    Elite Investment Group
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    viewing, copying or distribution of, or reliance on this message by
    unintended recipients is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
    message in error, please notify us immediately by replying to the message
    and deleting it from your computer.
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    After a brief excitement of the thought that someone could be interested in one of my domains, it dawned on me that it could be a scam. Did some research and found some info about said company. It seems that after you reply to these guys, they will try to set you up with an expensive appraisal service that you have to pay for yourself and which they actually own themselves. After the 'appraisal', they will back out with the argument that the name isn't worth much so they monetized on the appraisal fee.

    Even if legitimate, it would be ridiculous as a seller to pay for an appraisal service. I'm afraid these guys are smart enough to find other ways to scam the heck out of people.

    So be careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loko View Post
    Received the following email the other day:

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Hello,

    I'm interested in your domain in the subject line.

    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.

    Regards,
    Andrew Murphy
    Vice President
    Elite Investment Group
    ================================================== ======
    NOTICE - This communication may contain confidential and privileged
    information that is for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any
    viewing, copying or distribution of, or reliance on this message by
    unintended recipients is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
    message in error, please notify us immediately by replying to the message
    and deleting it from your computer.
    ================================================== ======


    After a brief excitement of the thought that someone could be interested in one of my domains, it dawned on me that it could be a scam. Did some research and found some info about said company. It seems that after you reply to these guys, they will try to set you up with an expensive appraisal service that you have to pay for yourself and which they actually own themselves. After the 'appraisal', they will back out with the argument that the name isn't worth much so they monetized on the appraisal fee.

    Even if legitimate, it would be ridiculous as a seller to pay for an appraisal service. I'm afraid these guys are smart enough to find other ways to scam the heck out of people.

    So be careful.
    Why dont you reply, nothing cost you?

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    Actually I did out of curiousity (and I wanted to post the reply here as well) but I have no intensions of selling this domain at the moment. The 'Elite Investment Group' in relation to domains results way too often in scam warnings on various forums. These letters seem to be sent often to new SEDO domain holders.

  4. Yeah I used to get a bunch of these last year.

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    Hmmm fishy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webmaster View Post
    Hmmm fishy.
    Ahh, yes? You said my name...

  7. I've invested in a lot of domains over the years (probably too many than I care to say) and the only real way that I've sold domains is by having them listed either on sedo.com or on Godaddy's domain for sale area.

    On the other hand, when buying, I've been able to purchase a bunch of them successfully but it's always been because I stumbled across them because those domains had value (like they were in the Yahoo Directory and had a bunch of backlinks). So, in those cases I was able to pick them up for a reasonable amount.

    In this case, I guess if you sent out 1 million emails to 1 million domain owners saying that you would like to buy their domain name you might get a few companies to order an appraisal from your own company.

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    If someone is asking whether your domain is up for sale or not, this person/company may be orchestrating a reverse domain name hijacking. This is more evident if the domain in question is related to a trademarked product or service. It's always smart to let them take the first step and put everything on the table.

    Even though reverse domain name hijacking is not an easy topic to deal with, you need tons of money and good attorneys who know what they are doing, an affirmative response to such inquiry can be construed as "Bad Faith" in a domain dispute.

  9. Yes it is a known scam. Esp when they offer a higher price

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    I just added my domain to sedo and got the same message.
    I replied and will let you know what happened

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