I wondered if anyone else had received an offer to buy one of their domains off them, similar to the ones I received today.
So far it's not your usual "Let's get it appraised and I will pay you what it is worth" type of emails where you end up paying appraisal fees and getting nothing in return.
This seems more genuine, but I am suspicious of the name and email address and it may end up leading to the scenario above anyway.
(Incidentally, I'm not interested in selling it).
Here's the first email I received earlier today:
Dear Mr. XXXX,
My name is Ian and I am trying to start a new company.
I am very interested in your domain.
I was wondering if you would be willing to sell it for 1500 dollars
as that is what I am looking to pay for a new website.
Please let me know what you think. Thanks.
I haven't replied anyway and just now I get this email:
I did some research on your domain and I found out that you wanted substantially more for this domain than I offered. I also found out it was worth more. I can do the transaction today if you will accept my offer of 10,000 USD through paypal. But, I do need a response today. Thanks and I apologize for the first email.
(I haven't developed the site yet and I did cheekily say on the homepage that the domain was for sale for $10,000. I did this a couple of years ago in case I got some interest. Now I don't need to sell it. It's a great domain name and is worth a lot more if the site is developed etc... But it's not for sale. Other projects have meant we haven't gotten round to this yet, bla bla bla.)
I just wondered if anyone else has ever had a similar "offer/scam" attempt.
Incidentally, I have only ever sold domains via an escrow service anyway and he is suggesting paypal, which is obviously dodgy. Probably would get their money back or money from my account somehow.
He also sent the email from a hotmail account.
I also wanted to share this in case a scam is ever attempted like this on others on the forum.
So does anyone else think this is a scam and if so, know what they are up to?