has been circulating for quite some time, with
no let-up in sight.
It preys upon domain owners who are not particularly
This is how the scam works. The scammer searches
for recently registered domain names. Let's say that
you registered MyTotallyAwesomeDomainName.com. The
scammer will then contact you by email with a message
similar to this:
Dear Domain Owner,
Our registrar is in the process of acquiring
MyTotallyAwesomeDomainNames.com. We are sending
this email to everyone who might benefit from
owning this domain.
If you are interested in buying MyTotallyAwesomeDomainNames.com,
you can make an offer here: scammers-website.net/574392gbjutdt
After successful acquisition of the domain we will contact the
person with the highest offer.
Thank you for your time,
City, State Zip
Do you notice what they're doing here? They are simply offering
you a domain name that is VERY similar to the one you just
They are asking you to make an offer on this "similar" domain
They hope you won't notice that the domain they are offering
you is not yet registered!
Many people will fall for this scam without checking the
validity of the domain. They'll make an offer of maybe
a hundred dollars or more, and the scammer will THEN register
this domain for you and sell it to you for the price
Naturally, the domain was available for you to register for
just $8 or $9 all along.
These scammers just mail thousands of these emails to everyone
they can, who has recently registered a new domain name.
They never owned the similar domain they're offering you. They
simply want to get you to make ANY offer better than their
Granted, they never claim to own the domain name. They
just tell you they are in the process of acquiring it. They just
hope you won't notice that it's not yet registered. That
qualifies as a scam in my book.