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Someone offering $1000 for my New Domain Name

Discussion in 'Appraisals' started by Minterest, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. #1
    Hello Everybody,

    I got a mail from someone about my newly registered domain name which is infomatrics.com there is no content in it. Here is the quote from the mail

    "Hello,
    SEMrush
    Please resend me your price for the name in the subject line. Your name was listed for sale.

    Domain names is not my main business. I'm going to make money on reselling to raise funds for launching a Norwegian politics portal.

    If you offer more domains for sale with good reselling potential please email us your list.

    Looking forward to do business with you.

    Regards,
    Lorin Yeaton"

    I asked $1000 and he said O.K. Now he is asking for a domain appraisal certificate and he told that he accepts only certificated from some specific sites so what do you think about this? Is he trying to refer me to some appraisal sites from where he gets some commisssion or he is a genuine buyer?
     
    Minterest, Jan 6, 2007 IP
    SEMrush
  2. fsmedia

    fsmedia Prominent Member

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    appraisals are just appriasals. you value the domain to what you think its worth ... but I personally wouldn't go forward with anything because it's your domain and you can sell it for whatever you want to.

    It's a good domain btw.
     
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  3. NRLMedia

    NRLMedia Peon

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    Total scam. Do not respond to any of his emails and do not waste your money on a domain appraisal. People everyday fall for this type of scam and end up spending $150 or more on a worthless appraisal.
     
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    amnezia Peon

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    #4
    its a scam
     
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    britishguy Prominent Member

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    #5
    Be careful as you have said he/she may be a commission only people

    Just move slowly and wait while more info comes in on this thread

    Maybe someone on DP will know more

    Posts above came in the same time as I was posting they say it a SCAM

    Keep Clear make no contact with them
     
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  6. Minterest

    Minterest Well-Known Member

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    I asked him whether he accepts my domain name with out the certificate so that i will give the domain for $1000 and no matter what the value of the domain is... his reply is

    "It's a big risk for me to proceed without appraisal.

    Sorry, but I don't understand your position.

    You can always use this appraisal to promote your name or sell it to
    somebody else. But what will I do with the appraisal certificate if you
    decide to sell your name to another buyer?

    I'm still interested in your domain.

    Hope you'll change your position. I don't want to risk and will not proceed
    without appraisal. I never change this rule because it
    helps me to make good investment.

    Thank you for understanding. I'm looking forward to do business with you."

    Please guide me!!!!!!!!
     
    Minterest, Jan 6, 2007 IP
  7. amnezia

    amnezia Peon

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    Its a scam, he working for a company that sells domain appraisals
     
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    mjewel Prominent Member

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    As stated, this is a SCAM. He is working for the appraisal company and they will take the money and then not purchase your domain. They make their money by getting suckers to pay for an appraisal. This scam has been going on for quite a while. Don't bother wasting any more time with this person - they will not buy your domain at any price.
     
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  9. Minterest

    Minterest Well-Known Member

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    Ya may be but there is no affiliate link provided.. but he could get the commisions as he is recommending the site so using my domain name he could get the commissions

    Still confused!
     
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  10. NRLMedia

    NRLMedia Peon

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    Sent you a PM on this.

    It's definitely a scam, please don't let the money blind you.
     
    NRLMedia, Jan 6, 2007 IP
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    KingNomar Well-Known Member

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    it is spam, i received a mail that looks 99 % like yours. dont reply anymore to him
     
    KingNomar, Jan 6, 2007 IP
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    Smyrl Tomato Republic Staff

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    mjewel Prominent Member

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    It is not an affiliate site - he owns or works directly for the appraisal company You pay the appraisal company, the money goes into his pocket, he tells you he doesn't want the domain and you are left with a worthless appraisal and he's laughing all the way to the bank - GET IT?
     
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  14. Minterest

    Minterest Well-Known Member

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    Anyway am responding to his mails but am not going to appraise my domain let see what happens!

    Ya I was also thinking like that..... as i have post here am not going to appraise the domian but i will reply to his mails to know what is his response.
     
    Minterest, Jan 6, 2007 IP
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    Find out what appraisal companies he suggests so we can expose them..
     
    NRLMedia, Jan 6, 2007 IP
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    Minterest Well-Known Member

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    Here is his reply regarding the appraisal

    "Domain sellers always provide buyers with appraisal certificates. This is a common practice.


    I thought about Afternic, but found their service inaccurate and automated.

    http://www.igoldrush.com/links3.htm
    "Capsule Review: After lots of complaints, Afternic is no longer a
    recommended service. We will re-review the service in the near future."

    I also found the following information about them
    http://www.out-law.com/page-1630


    So Afternic.com is NOT acceptable.

    Reading responses from experienced sellers I was impressed by one reply:
    "Many Internet users are not smart enough and popular domain brokers are
    using this fact to make money. They offer them cheap appraisal services. But
    if their customers would have something in their heads they'd understand
    experts could not make a professional research for $15-$20. These appraisals
    are made by machines. Easy money for such appraisers as
    http://www.Afternic.com and several other major brokers that offer cheap
    auto-generated appraisals. In my eyes, all services under $50-$55 are not
    manual and the results are generated by special scripts. I don't trust
    auto-generated appraisals."

    The same is true for GoDaddy and SEDO. Their services are not manual. They are just collecting money using their well-known names.

    I heard many appraisal companies often overpriced domains. So I cannot accept appraisal from each and every site.

    To avoid mistakes I asked about reputable appraisers in a forum. Several experts recommended me Securenamesale's appraisal service -
    http://www.securenamesale.com/appraise.asp as a fast, accurate and non-expensive manual service.

    I also trust the manual appraisal service from http://www.DomainMart.com but it's very expensive - $200/hour. This service was also recommended by many people. If you can afford $200 DomainMart.com's fee it would be great. They also provide cheap automated service but it's not acceptable"
     
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    I've heard about that stuioped guy! tell that bastard to shut up and leave u alone. dont get any appraisl, you are not gona get your $. its scam, it happened to one of the ppl i know in other webmaster forums.
     
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    It could be a genuine email but I have a feeling its a fraud
     
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    Good finding I got that exact mail as his first reply when I asked $1000..

    "1000 USD. Ok.

    Do you sell the name only without web site? I'm interested in the name so web site is not so important.

    Do you have an appraisal certificate for your domain name?

    Domain name is an investment for me. In other words I'm going to sell your name later and make a profit. If I overpay I won't be able to make a profit in the future. It's very important for you and me to know the current market value of your domain.

    Of course, we must be sure that you are engaging a reputable appraisal company. I heard many appraisal companies often made inaccurate appraisals. I will only accept appraisals from independent sources I trust.
    I heard some appraisal companies often made inaccurate appraisals. So I will only accept appraisals from independent sources I To avoid mistakes I asked domain experts about reputable appraisal companies in a forum
    http://domaintalk.ourplace.com/Archive/98062.htm

    Just check this posting.

    If the appraisal comes higher you can adjust your asking price accordingly. I also hope you can give me 10% - 15% discount of the appraised value.

    After I get an appraisal from you we'll continue our negotiations.

    How do you prefer to get paid: www.escrow.com, www.PayPal.com check or wire?

    Hope we can come to an agreement fast.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Happy New Year to you and your family!"
     
    Minterest, Jan 6, 2007 IP