by godinu
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There's a 4-letter domain I registered 6 years ago as an investment, finally letting it expire last month as there has been no interest in it.

I just got an email from someone using a free email address saying they want to buy the domain for $500. Just their name and a generic free email address. For the heck of it, I went to the domain url and it's currently being auctioned by the registrar, current bid only $12, since I didn't renew it.

so... I'm thinking this is some kind of scam, because the "interested" person could clearly have typed in the url and bid on it himself rather than getting my whois info.

has anyone experienced this sort of thing? I've had shady buyers interested in domains before but not one that was up at auction.

thanks
#domain #expired #scam
  • Profile picture of the author magneticweb
    I've not experienced this myself, but I have in the past forgotten to renew a domain and when I tried to renew it just a few days later found that some domain squatter wanted several hundred dollars for it.

    As the email was from a free account it is obviously not a genuine person, so I would simply ignore it. You'd probably find that he sent you far too much money by some dodgy institution and then requested you send him the balance back, and we all know what that means.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ord Allenbea
    This is not a scam! It is perfectly legit and many registers have done it for years. When you let the domain name expire it does not go directly back into the domain pool. It could actually takes weeks to several months unless someone has a backorder on it.

    You let the domain name go so what is the problem ?
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  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    It could be one of those Nigeria advance fee scam
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    There's really no way to know if he is or is not a scammer. Free email addresses mean nothing. My main email is a gmail address. Many people use Yahoo, Gmail, etc. for their main email addresses. He may not be aware that it is up for auction.

    The only thing that looks odd to me is him offering $500 right off the bat. I'd start low if I wanted the domain and work up to the maximum that I could or would pay.
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    • Profile picture of the author mattyprimmer
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      There's really no way to know if he is or is not a scammer. Free email addresses mean nothing. My main email is a gmail address. Many people use Yahoo, Gmail, etc. for their main email addresses. He may not be aware that it is up for auction.

      The only thing that looks odd to me is him offering $500 right off the bat. I'd start low if I wanted the domain and work up to the maximum that I could or would pay.
      You're right. I use my personal hotmail account for some of my real serious business.

      Also, sometimes you need to start at a realistic offer to get someones attention. $500 for a domain is nothing to some. Feel it out and just see if it is legit. They may not know about the auction, or maybe just want to avoid any potential bidding wars and contact you directly.

      Then again the domain could be terrible and it could just be some automated spammy scam. Feel it out and see what's up.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKaren
    Originally Posted by godinu View Post

    There's a 4-letter domain I registered 6 years ago as an investment, finally letting it expire last month as there has been no interest in it.

    I just got an email from someone using a free email address saying they want to buy the domain for $500. Just their name and a generic free email address. For the heck of it, I went to the domain url and it's currently being auctioned by the registrar, current bid only $12, since I didn't renew it.

    so... I'm thinking this is some kind of scam, because the "interested" person could clearly have typed in the url and bid on it himself rather than getting my whois info.

    has anyone experienced this sort of thing? I've had shady buyers interested in domains before but not one that was up at auction.

    thanks
    Perhaps..I think it depends on the hosting company your using..I don't have same experience but it could be the strategy to make sure you keep the domain.I always stick with the rate of the hosting company in evaluating domain rate.

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  • Profile picture of the author zaco
    I have actually done it , I went and I called the person, its better for me to contact the owner and ask them to renew it if I want it so bad, instead of waiting for it in an auction which means some potential bidders might jump in and start bidding with me then take the domain..
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