There is a new scam that is circulating and targeting domain name owners.
The scammer registers a domain name incorporating the name of a credible person and makes an offer to purchase a domain name for a very high price. The scammer uses the newly registered domain name to email potential victims but uses the real website of the person he/she is impersonating in the signature of the email.
Here is the email I received from “firstname.lastname@example.org”:
I and my partner are interested in purchasing your domain name usecondom.com
Our budget for the domain name is $500K
Please let me know if you are interested in selling this domain name to us. I await your reply at your earliest convenience.
Of course it was not the real Martin Mignot that emailed me to purchase this probably bad domain for this ridiculous price of $500k.
I immediately replied this:
“I want 1 million USD and a boat in lake alabournezika.”
The scammer replied and said:
Thank you for your reply. How long have you owned the domain name for?
Do you have any information regarding pass sales? In regards to the offer increase you suggested, I and my partner can
raise up to $1M maximum for the domain purchase. Please let me know
what you think.
The scammer asked for past sales so this leads me to believe that this is just another domain appraisal scam where a big offer is made, the owner gets excited, scammer/buyer asks for an appraisal from a website he/she is running, owner pays for the appraisal, scammer vanishes.
I have written about similar scams in the past:
I contacted Martin Mignot about this scam and someone from his team replied and told me that the domain was suspended. I tried emailing the scammer again but the email bounced. The suspended domain used martinmignot.us was registered on June 19 at Porkbun. The .us domain was registered using the email@example.com email address.
The problem is that at the same day the .com was registered at a different registrar: Openprovider. The .com is probably also used for the same purpose and it is not yet suspended.