It seems that Namejet domain name auction front running is still continuing and going strong.
I received an email a couple days back about someone pretending to be the owner of a domain name that is currently in a Namejet auction. They offered to sell me this domain name for $100,000 (or $1 million? See email below.). Anyway the auction for a reserve between $25,001 and $50,000 so I was to agree to purchase this money they could buy it for less than $50,000 (if there was bidding war) and sell it to me for $100,000+.
The domain name is smoked.com and is in the Featured Namejet list. I got the email because I used to own smoked.info up until a few months back. I let that domain drop a couple of months back so this tells me that the front runner is using old whois records.
The 1st email came from email@example.com and Alice Smith:
My client owns the domain name “Smoked.Com” and is considering putting it in market.It is keyword rich domain with good search volume,adword bidding and type-in-traffic.
Based on our extensive study,We strongly feel that you should consider buying this domain name to improve the SEO,online visibility, brand image,authority and type-in-traffic for your business.
Thanks for you time.
Domains Specialist, Client Outreach, USA
pioneernames and Subs. (A company headquartered in India with branches in India and USA)
910.8300.686 | www.pioneernames.com
1676,Monroe Ave, Bronx | New York | USA 10457″
The 2nd email came from firstname.lastname@example.org and Jennie/Alisha Marie:
Thanks for reply. Asking price for domain name Smoked.com is $ 1,00,000. Please let us know what do you think?
Sr. Domain Broker, Client Outreach, USA
Namaxis and Subs. (A company headquartered in India with branches in India and USA)
910.8300.686 | www.namaxis.com
1676,Monroe Ave, Bronx | New York | USA 10457”
Of course their name are not Alice or Alisha and it is probably a guy sending these emails. And I don’t think they have any connection to New York or Washington that is on the Pioneernames.com whois. These people seem to be from India. I have found other cases with domain name auction front-running from India in the past.
The smoked.com auction has 75 bidders at the moment and ends in less than 3 days. From my view this auction is tainted and not to be touched by ANYONE.
So let’s leave front running on the side now. The domain name smoked.com is owned by OLIVER HOGER that was involved in the Namejet shill bidding scandal. Oliver was caught bidding on his own domain names on Namejet. OLIVER HOGER is one of the
3 2 new owners of DNForum.com.
(So, leaving aside the front-running that Oliver doesn’t seem to be part of, Oliver Hoger that was bidding on his own domain names on Namejet is still permitted to list his domains on Namejet.)
Back to front-running.
Pioneernames.com is an Efty domain merketplace while namaxis.com is a one-page with not much info except the address and phone number that was in the emails above. Namaxis.net is not resolving. All domain name were registered in the past 2 years.