New appraisal scam – Old scammer

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: levinson@best-unix-hosting-plans.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:

Hello!
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.

Best Regards,
Abraham Levinson
President
Unix Hosting Plans Inc.
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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.
Best regards,
Abraham Levinson
Best Unix Hosting Plans

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:

http://www.windows-7-forums.com/Archive/160395472.htm

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?

Best regards,
Abraham Levinson
Best Unix Hosting Plans

 

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.

Konstantinos Zournas studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now lives in Athens, Greece. His interests are domain name registration and management and UDRP consulting. He offers website development and hosting. He has been online since 1995 and a domain investor since 2002. You can find him at Google+TwitterLinkedIn

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10 thoughts on “New appraisal scam – Old scammer

  1. Someone Just tried to scam me –
    From:
    Date: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    Subject:

    Hello!

    How much do you want for XXXX.com ?

    It was listed for sale. I’m interested in purchasing it. I invest in web projects and domains.

    If you have more names for sale please send me the list with prices.

    Best Regards,

    David Rodberg

    CEO

    NH Solutions.

    ***********************

    From:
    Date: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM
    Subject: Re:
    To:

    5000. Ok. In order to process with the deal I need two small things to be
    accomplished.

    1. I need a valuation certificate.

    We need a good in depth analysis made by experts but not an automated free service. Without it we both can’t be sure in the price.

    2. I need a trademark verification as well. Just a formality to be sure you have no problems with trademarks. Good companies offers this as a part of appraisal. I asked in the forum about reliable valuation/TM verification services. Please read this information:
    http://www.windows-7-forums.com/Archive/615840927.htm

    If the evaluation comes higher you can change your asking price. After you send me the professional evaluation via email (usually it takes one day to obtain it) we’ll be doing business.

  2. New name for the exact scammer is Joshua Freedman

    still sends you to a fake forum page that tries to make you believe that he is legitimate.

    He is the alleged CEO of a company – website is net-hosting-solutions.com

    There are a number of phony “forum” websites that he sends you to, that try and convince you of his legitimacy. Those website addresses include many variationa of;

    http://www.seven-forums.com
    http://www.sevenforums.com

  3. New name Jacob Justman. He’s the CEO of lowcost-hosting.com now. Sent him the rick roll’d video on youtube in response to his “appraisal” crap

  4. I knew it. I was fallen in their trap and lost some bucks for just appraisal cost. His name is Tom Zeifang. Then I got the same email as different person, Jacob Justman. The message content is looks fishy because very similar with the first one and they advise me to visit seven-forum or whatever. I hope they realize what they doin’ and repent soon.

  5. I got scammed by such thing, how sad. Is that anyone who attempt to dispute the transaction and report that scam site and get the money back? If possible, please share,

  6. seen the exact same msg. would give further insight but usually leads to waste of time. for the sender and the potential seller. what else can be expected by dysfuntional idiots with a miserable non evolving life LOL. just ignore them.

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