I just got a few emails today from an old scammer. I know him because he is the same scammer that contacted Morgan Linton in March. He is using an email address from a domain name registered just a couple of weeks ago at Go Daddy: email@example.com. The fake appraisal website is located at windows-7-forums.com. This domain was registered recently too. He keeps changing domain names and aliases. The scam remains the same. He is trying to lure domain owners into an appraisal with the promise of a large sale that will never happen.
Here are the first email I got:
I'm interested in purchasing *********.biz.
What is your price?
We are in hosting business and my company invests in different web projects and domain names.
If you have a portfolio of names for sale feel free to email me.
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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication may contain private, confidential, or legally privileged information intended for the sole use of the designated and/or duly authorized recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient or have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately by email and permanently delete all copies of this email including all attachments without reading them.
I am sure that Abraham Levinson is not his real name. The confidentiality notice is a nice touch. I couldn't stop laughing... I replied with a price and he didn't like it. Like he was ever going to buy the domain:
6000 eur. Ok. Do you visit domain forums? Did you sell names before?
I'm also interested in adult, financial and social network names.
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Finally I got the pitch to buy an appraisal:
In order to process with the deal I need two things:
1. I need a valuation certificate.
It should be from experts I know and trust. Without a professional valuation we both cannot be sure in the final sale price.It will minimize our risks. If you don't know what the valuation (appraisal) means please read this blog http://www.windows-7-forums.com/Archive/160395472.htm
2. It's important for us to know that you domain has no problems with trademarks. Some evaluators include this option in the appraisalsal service. I need the evaluation service with the TM verification.
Please take into account, I'm not a novice and don't accept free or automated valuations. I asked in the forum about reliable and independent valuation services with the trademark verification option. Please read this information:
If the valuation comes higher you can change your asking price. After you send me the professional valuation with the trademark verification via email (usually it takes one day to obtain it) we'll continue.
How do you want to be paid: PayPal, wire or CC?
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He seems to be visiting domain forums. While he is using Privacy on all of his domain names, the domain name forum-windows-club.com that he used in Morgan's email is currently suspended at Go Daddy (nameservers are NS1.SUSPENDED-FOR.SPAM-AND-ABUSE.COM) and a name is showing at whois: Frank Tschakert. Is this his real name? Maybe not. If you know anyone by this name in any domain name forum please let me know.
It's also very funny that he is asking for a "TM verification" appraisal while he is using windows-7-forums.com as his appraisal website.
Please stay away from this appraisal scam. He is only trying to get you to pay for the appraisal at his own website and then he will disappear. He will NOT buy your domain name.