New Spam/Scam Using Escrow.com To Get Your Attention

noI was the target of what seems to be a new spam (or a potential scam) method. Someone I didn’t know started an Escrow.com transaction for a domain name that I had never seen before: PJA.com.

The transaction title was “Chance for you to get PJA.com in Cheap price” and the price was set at $22,222. The seller/broker was SHAHENAZ SHAFI SHAIKH (shahenazandshafi@gmail.com). I don’t know if this a real name or not. The seller was set as “Confidential”.

The transaction was cancelled an hour later but I don’t think this was a mistake.

pja.com

I then received an email from the same “broker” with the subject “PJA.com exclusive offer of buy now in 22222 US $”. The email was sent to other people from all over the world that I could see their email addresses:

Dear All
PJA.com exclusive offer of buy now in 22222 US $
Brokering for you in same price.
Shahenaz.com

Shahenaz.com is selling other domains that are mostly short .co domains and 6 digit .com domains.

This seems a good way to bypass any spam filters and get your attention. The spam email came using the Escrow.com’s good reputation. I am sure that Escrow.com will ban this account but will this be the last spammer using escrow.com?

I was mostly concerned if PJA.com was a stolen domain name so I did some research.

PJA.com was owned until September 2014 by Peter Jackson Associates Limited from Great Britain. It was registered with NETWORK SOLUTIONS. It then went behind whois privacy for 3 weeks only to resurface as owned Glenn Smith from the US.

2 weeks later it was owned by Andrea Sabatini from Hong Kong and it was transferred to Go Daddy on the 20th of November. It is now parked and marked for sale. On December 13th it was listed for sale at Flippa by an account selling a few 3 letter .com domains among other domains.

I have no idea how these are all connected and if this is a spam only issue or this involves domain theft or a simple scam. I suggest you be cautious when dealing with this and with other domain names that have changed a lot of owners in a short period of time and are being sold by someone with an email address that is not listed in whois.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

14 comments

  1. Funny and unique way of spamming just to make sure email lands right in inbox and the person will definitely check out 😀

  2. Thanks for the heads up warning!

  3. It looks like this is current owner of PJA.com: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreasabatini
    He’s Italian, apparently living in Hong Kong …
    I think you should contact him, asking if he has authorized some people to sell this domain, or if it’s just a scam …

  4. This is considered to be an improper use of our system and we will take the appropriate action. All the best to everyone in 2015.

      • An allegation on me and my husband is put in this forum and this is not good.

        Below are messages exchanged between seller and broker.

        Also, my mistake escrow went to him and was cancelled immediately by us.

        Finally, We have authorised to close our account except for payments to be made and collected.

        If you still feel he is right, then please close our account in namepros . com also

        Regards

        SHAHENAZ

        ———- Forwarded message ———-
        From: andrea
        Date: Thu, Dec 25, 2014 at 8:08 PM
        Subject: Re: 284 . com and pja . com
        To: Shahenaz Shafi Shaikh

        Hello there this is my domain list updated with prices .
        I saw you open the transaction for pja . com and that is fine but the other name is not mine 6474 . com I do not own it .
        Below my list of names updated .
        andrea

        0k . com – 29K
        284 . com – 75K
        lus . com – 38K
        cza . com – 17K
        mgp . com – 40K – good traffic
        nuz . com – 24K
        mxe . com – 16K
        juro . com – 9K
        abu . com – 48K
        bec . com – 45K
        jij . com – 18K
        usk . com – 23K
        lbu . com – 29K – 9000 type in per month
        vgc . com – 20K
        vqv . com – 19K – pending offer
        pja . com- 20K
        oal . com – 35K – 7000 type in per month
        tlf . com – 34K
        sau . com – 39K
        fvz . com – 16K
        yug . com – 24K
        mke . com – 26K – pending offer
        cie . com – 39k
        xpf . com – 17K
        yfn com – 18K
        etno . com – 12K
        on ov . com – 3K
        tuk . com – 33K -pending offer
        olq . com – 18K
        vzn . com – 30K – 200usd revenue per month
        pamI . com – 13K
        nqz . com – 17K
        vhj . com – 15K
        oyu . com – 17K
        zvc . com – 14K
        ceni . com – 9K
        mofe . com – 4K
        olanda . com – 15K

        HUÒ . COM
        JIĀO . COM
        MÁ . COM
        1314768 . com
        3427 . com
        5451 . com
        6420 . com
        6435 . com
        9472 . com

        On 25 Dec 2014, at 02:11, Shahenaz Shafi Shaikh wrote:

        Do i get something in 20K or add my charges of 5 %
        On Dec 24, 2014 10:05 PM, “andrea” wrote:
        >
        > as I said 20K for this name… if you want to sell it then my email for escrow . com is webservicelimited @ gmail . com
        > I can pay the escrow . com fees .
        > Andrea
        >
        > On 25 Dec 2014, at 01:56, Shahenaz Shafi Shaikh wrote:
        >
        >> Dear friend
        >>
        >> Thanks for your reply
        >>
        >> I do brokerage, tell me final price with what brokerage and escrow .
        >>
        >> I will raise escrow and when customer signs terms, then you sign .
        >>
        >> Inform your terms
        >>
        >> We both can mutual help each other .
        >>
        >> Regards
        >>
        >> Shahenaz
        >> On Dec 24, 2014 9:50 PM, “andrea” wrote:
        >> >
        >> > Dear Shafi…di not answer because not interested in your offer . You know the value of these names so please do not try playing small balls .
        >> > if you want to sell pja . com then get 20K whatever you make more is yours
        >> > thanks
        >> > A
        >> >
        >> > On 25 Dec 2014, at 01:45, Shahenaz Shafi Shaikh wrote:
        >> >
        >> >> Reminder
        >> >> On Dec 23, 2014 10:08 PM, “Shahenaz Shafi Shaikh” wrote:
        >> >> >
        >> >> > Dear Andrea Sabatini
        >> >> >
        >> >> > Happy Greetings
        >> >> >
        >> >> > I wish to buy 284 . com or similar domain but my budget is 12000 US $ .
        >> >> >
        >> >> > Moreover, i wish to sell your three character domains like pja . com
        >> >> >
        >> >> > Kindly inform
        >> >> >
        >> >> > Regards
        >> >> >
        >> >> > Shafi
        >> >> >
        >> >> > 0097477915606
        >> >
        >> >
        >
        >

      • This only proves you are probably not a scammer but just a plain spammer.
        You send me spam through escrow.com and to my email address.

        Some things you write I can not understand. Sorry.

      • Dear K

        Thanks for your reply

        Spammer is also too harsh but not the SCAM.

        Be happy for your writing but blame someone after going through all facts

        Regards

        Shahenaz

  5. Hopefully they close his account at Escrow.com.

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